DIY Paper Bag Book with Japanese Binding {Free Download}

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You might know that I've been working on a fun project with the San Francisco Children's Creativity Museum DIY Studio Space. Each month for a full year, we're developing creativity-boosting invitations for children who visit the museum. If you visit the Studio this month you'll find an assortment of interesting found materials and a host of ideas for upcycling books from these … [Read more...]

Is it Magnetic? Testing Objects for Magnetism.

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How was your weekend? We took a mini-vacation to play in the snow and I enjoyed a little computer break along the way. I thought I could get online with my phone, but it turned out that the reception was horrible and I've been completely out-of-touch! It was probably a good thing, as I could really focus on my family and be as rested as possible when my one-year old woke up, … [Read more...]

6 Kids Valentines Day Activities

6 Kids Valentines Activities

We've been crafting up a Valentine's storm, which mostly means that three-year old N has been collaging all our self-serve bits and bobs of Valentine goodness into a taped-up, glued, and spackled hodge podge of Valentine craziness. In other words, we've been having fun, but it's not something anyone else would likely take inspiration from or worth blogging about! That said, … [Read more...]

Paper Bag Museum

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In case you missed yesterday's post, we're hosting a super fun Paper Bag Creative Challenge that brought over 50 kid-directed paper bag projects together in one spot. Today I'm excited to share our own take on the challenge. This is how our art table looked the other morning. Me and the girls crafting up a paper bag collage storm. My one year old colored paper … [Read more...]

Science Projects for Kids | Yeast and Sugar Experiment

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In this Yeast Sugar Experiment, we'll watch yeast feed on sugar to fill a balloon with air. A fun science project for kids that's with household, everyday materials. How we got started I've been baking bread just about every day for the past three weeks (nothing too crazy since it's all done in the bread maker), but last week my 3.5 year old and I got into a discussion about … [Read more...]

Chalkboard Painted Canvas

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"Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life." - Pablo Picasso Chalkboards...I love them. You? The texture, the dust, and contrast are oh-so-appealing. When I started to see them disappear from classrooms in favor of dry erase boards, I was a little bit shocked. Dry erase boards are wonderful too, but they'll never have the same rustic appeal as a … [Read more...]

Why We Would Be Lost Without Tape

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Are you a "Tape House?" We love tape in our house, and it gets used for just about everything: taping up wax paper sandwich bags, taping labels to things, taping art table creations together, taping up marble runs, taping up whimsical installations. A roll of clear tape is a fixture on the art table and we have a big box full of colorful paper tape (this tape from Discount … [Read more...]

Organizing Art Supplies: Day Two

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This is the second edition of a new series where I'm sharing my messy spaces and process of organizing as I strive to build a more beautiful, accesible, and relaxing space for living and creating (here's the first post). My friend and professional organizer, Jillian, is spearheading this project -- it helps to have company -- and this week we tackled so many things: art … [Read more...]

What MaryAnn F. Kohl Can Teach Us About Fostering Literacy Through Art

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Today I'm excited to be joined by the ever-inspiring children's art book author, MaryAnn F. Kohl. MaryAnn's books helped me prepare lessons in my teaching days and have since become dog-eared favorites in my life as a parent. I now own eight of her books and constantly turn to them for ideas. Because MaryAnn is so prolific (full list here, on Amazon), we thought it might be fun … [Read more...]

Self-serve Valentines for Kids

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I’m working on a project with the San Francisco Children’s Creativity Museum, and one of the ideas we’re playing with is to create a buffet-style selection of materials for children to choose from in our DIY art zone. I’ll share some of our activities with you soon, but in the meantime I thought you might like to see how this strategy has manifested itself in my own … [Read more...]