New Year Resolutions | The Great 2011 Purge

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This time last year I was reading Organized Simplicity: The Clutter-Free Approach to Intentional Living (Tsh Oxenreider) and made a New Year Resolution to simplify my life and purge unnecessary objects from my home. Before The Great 2011 Purge, art materials lived in all areas of our home and I spent countless hours looking for things and making room for objects that had no … [Read more...]

Think Different

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"Here's to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently." - Steve Jobs I never met Steve Jobs, but his life's work has influenced me in multiple ways, both subtle and overt, and it's impossible for me to pass up the opportunity to acknowledge my gratitude for his attention to detail, user … [Read more...]

Four Creative Thinkers to Follow

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Since I started this blog I've been following a lot of cultural thinkers through blogs, Facebook, and Twitter, and I've come across some incredible leaders who have changed the way that I look at the world. This list is a small sampling of who I'm paying attention to (mainly the result of time limitations...babies can only play by themselves for so long) so I welcome you to … [Read more...]

Cardboard Box Challenge

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TinkerLab is one today! To help me celebrate a year of exploration, tinkering, creativity, and experimentation, I've invited some of my favorite arts and education bloggers to join me in today's Cardboard Box Challenge as a gift to each of YOU. My blogging journey was originally inspired by the fabulous Jean of The Artful Parent and Jen of Paint Cut Paste. And I'm absolutely … [Read more...]

Recycled Weaving Fence

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When I saw this awesome weaving installation on display at the Bay Area Discovery Museum I knew it was something that I wanted to recreate at home. If I were running a preschool I think I would have taken the time to build such a structure because it would be a stellar group project, but as the parent of one curious, yet fickle, preschooler I thought it might be prudent to … [Read more...]

Creative Challenge #5: Plastic Bottles

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Make something with Plastic Bottles In honor of Earth Day, I'd like to raise a little awareness toward the enormous amounts of plastic bottles used around the world, coupled with some thoughts on recycling and upcycling those bottles into creative products. My family is hooked on bubbly water, and while the number of bottles we go through each week is staggering, each of … [Read more...]

Bird Feeder & Hop Circle

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Today I'm sharing two outdoor activities for creative play... #1: Peanut Butter Bird Feeder Our house is shaded by an enormous pinecone-dropping machine, and these little beasts can be found in all corners of our mini-oasis. They are so begging to be turned into something, right? Peanut-butter coated pinecone bird feeders, here we come! (Apologies up-front to all my … [Read more...]

Bento Cutting

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My daughter is a curious child, and inevitably finds little treasures that I hide away for rainy days. And so it was with a cute little set of Bento cutting tools this week. But her timing was actually perfect, as It's just about time to celebrate The Year of the Rabbit. Hopping after the tail of the Feisty Year of the Tiger, The Year of the Rabbit is supposed to be a calm year … [Read more...]

Creative Experiment #2: Pasta

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Make something with pasta. Pasta! It's a multicultural food that can be found in everything from Pad Thai to Mac 'n Cheese. Kids love to eat it. It's got an amazing shelf life. And most of us already have it stockpiled in our pantries. We eat a lot of it in our home, and it's made an appearance in more than one art activity. For example: Drippy Gravity Painting So … [Read more...]

Idea Roundup: Creative Growth + Kids

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Do you think it's important for children to have creative and imaginative childhoods? Do you want to raise your child in an environment that supports his or her creative capacity? Here are some of this week's best places to look for ideas that foster creative growth and kids. Frog Design: The Four Secrets of Playtime that Foster Creative Kids "When 85 percent of today’s … [Read more...]