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CREATIVE PICKS – NO.5

I hope you’re having a good one. It’s been a thought-provoking week over here. National Geographic photographer and founder of Amplifier Foundation, Aaron Huey, visited our design class to share his thoughts on how design can mobilize people to take action. So inspiring! If you’re not familiar, Amplifier Foundation commissions artists to create posters around social justice issues, and offers them as free downloads to anyone who wants them. My daughter has the “Let Equality Bloom” poster hanging in her room. Definitely check them out.

On to the rest of our creative picks, which include Halloween projects, Day of the Dead crafts, creativity news, and free media classes for teachers.

  1. Day of the Dead, or Dia de los Muertos, is next week. If you want to help make it accessible to young children, we have a roundup that will help you make Day of the Dead Decorations with Kids.
  2. Halloween! Try one of these easy 16 Halloween Crafts for Kids.
  3. Creativity Gift Guides: With the holidays coming up (seriously crazy, I know!), you can get a jump start on holiday shopping with these guides that will steer you in a creative direction. Check out our list of toys for engineers and builders20 favorite creativity-boosting games, and picture books about art and creativity.
  4. Children as Teachers. Young children have intuitions of great teachers, Stanford researchers find. Read the article here.
  5. Science project inspo. In a quirky happenstance science project, an MIT student left a carton of milk in his dorm fridge. He forgot all about it, and a year later his dorm mates had a birthday celebration for the rancid milk. Fast forward twenty five years, the milk is still around! Eww. Read more in the Boston Globe. Thanks to my FIL for finding this story 🙂
  6. How to support creativity for kidsCriticism and Reward can hurt creative confidence. (Herald Tribune)
  7. For preschool teachers and admins: Educators in some Louisiana preschools and daycares are having meaningful back-and-forth conversations with children, and the results are outstanding. 
  8. Childrens’ play spaces. If you’re interested in updating your child’s play space, dornob.com has some really cool ideas that I haven’t seen before.
  9. Free media classes for teachers. KQED is offering free media-making classes for teachers such as Making Memes and Gifs.
  10. Inspo for elementary teachers. How art can help a student’s learning experience. A look into Maya Lin Elementary, and arts integration school (Mindshift)

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p.s. Have you been inspired by anything this week? Tell me about it in the comments and we may share it next week.