Nurturing Creativity: Time, Space, and Respect

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I have discovered three key ingredients for nurturing creativity – in children and adults. To be creative, we all need time, space, and respect. Last year I bought these wooden bird houses for my kids to turn into doll houses. My kids enjoyed the activity, but they kept their houses very simple. Lily actually refused […]

Favorite Arts and Crafts for Kids from the After School Team

It’s school vacation week! In order to focus on spending time with our families, the other After School cohosts and I decided to take this Monday and next (12/30) off from hosting the After School linky – but we will leave last week’s linky open, so you can continue to add your activities!  We want […]

Encouraging Creativity with High Quality Art Materials

Nothing inspires creativity like new art supplies! Artterro recently sent us their gorgeous art journal kits, and the kids have been drawing every since – even fourteen-month-old Anna – special thanks to Artterro for including her in our package! There is something incredibly inviting about blank sheets of white paper, especially art-quality paper! My kids […]

Creative Play Dough Art and Best Play Dough Recipe

Mixing Media for Creativity, and the BEST Play Dough Recipe! I adore the creativity that comes out with regular play dough play, and adding in a few extra materials opens the door to so may new options! I fell in love with these little guys that Johnny made using play dough, paper, and googley eyes! […]

World Culture for Kids: Chicago Skyline Art for Kids

Today’s Exploring Geography post is an introduction to the Chicago skyline via a very cool little art project for kids! Jeanette Nyberg is a creative mom living with her 2 kids, 2 step kids, and 1 husband in a suburb of Chicago. She tries to incorporate art-making into every day of her kids’ lives, and […]

No-Mess Finger Paint for Kids!

This no-mess finger paint solution is a favorite in my house, as longtime readers know! I decided to introduce the other moms in my town to it through the craft series I’ve been running at our library instead of cleaning my house. Lily picked yellow and red, which turned out to be my favorite color […]