Simple Balloon Yo-Yo

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This springy balloon yo-yo is fun to play with, easy to make, and can be created with things that you may already have in the cupboard. It can also teach children a nice lesson in resourcefulness, helping them understand that toys can be invented from simple objects. In this day and age of toys overflowing from grocery shelves and toy baskets, this is always a welcome lesson in … [Read more...]

Rolled Easter Egg Painting

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When my daughter was about 2 1/2, her very favorite art activity was rolling paint-coated marbles all over sheets of paper. We made Rolling Rock Paintings with smooth rocks and Spooky Marble Spider Webs for Halloween. With Easter coming up, I was inspired to make something fun with the plastic eggs that consume dollar stores across the country. Not only is this fun to do, but … [Read more...]

Growing Big Ideas

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"Ideas aren’t self-contained things; they’re more like ecologies and networks. They travel in clusters." -Kevin Kelly, Futurist and Author of What Technology Wants We had a big pile of CD cases, just waiting to be repurposed into...something! BioColors paints are known for their plasticity (they don't crack like tempera), and I thought it we could have some fun squeezing … [Read more...]

Gumdrop Sculptures

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The provocation: A bowl of gumdrops and a handful of toothpicks. The first question: "Can I eat these?" Oh yeah, I guess they do kind of look like a snack. The second provocation (after we each ate a gumdrop, just to get that elephant out of the room): A square base of four gumdrops, attached together with four toothpicks, and one more toothpick sticking … [Read more...]

Rubber Band Painting

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One of the almost-weekly segments of this site is called Creative Experiments, and last week's experiment was to create something with Rubber Bands. Danielle and her daughter Simone were the first to participate with their Elastic Project, which you can view on Danielle's blog. I love how they hung the piece from the ceiling. I've had rubber bands on the mind all week, and … [Read more...]