Playing with the Fairy Houses

DIY Fairy Houses from Cardboard Boxes

We love a good cardboard box. My kids especially. (I’ll bet your kids are the same way.) There is a competition between the two to call dibs on each new cardboard box that comes into our house. They like them as is, and turn them into just about anything with just their imagination. Sometimes, though, we…

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The Artful Year Blog Tour March 2015

The Artful Year March Blog Tour

Hello, my friends! We’ve just completed an amazing month of the blog tour for The Artful Year! If you missed them, here are some of the highlights from the 1st half of February. So much good stuff! I haven’t had a chance to compile the highlights from the 2nd half yet, but you can follow…

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How to Make Flower Fairy Dolls

How to Make Flower Fairy Dolls

These last two weeks have been full of snow and ice days and freezing cold no-school days.* I haven’t gotten much done but it was (mostly) okay because the kids and I have been able to make flower fairies and fairy houses, play games, read books, and paint ourselves into warmer weather. I got to be a…

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Personalized Fairy Books for Kids

Personalized Fairy Books for Fairy Loving Kids

My kids are both big into fairies—seemingly always have been. What is it about magical creatures? Especially fairies? I don’t remember being very aware of, or interested in, fairies when I was a kid. We had a pretty awesome gnome book that captured my attention. But that was about the extent of it. Fairies, though….

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A Few of My Favorite Things

15 Things Im Loving Right Now

This post has been on my mind for a while. I’m writing it partly as a gratitude list and partly because I want to share some cool things I’ve been loving. You know, in case you might love them too. I find out most of my new favorites (books, podcasts, products, movies) from recommendations. So…

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How to Make Swedish Snowball Lanterns

How to Make Swedish Snowball Lanterns

Written by Gina Vide There’s a saying in Sweden that “there’s no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothes.” From the first winter that I experienced here, I witnessed this first hand. Babies travel everywhere you do and weather stops no one. There are highly prized pre-schools that guarantee you that your child will never be taken…

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Drawing the Human Body for Kids from a Wood Mannequin 4

Drawing the Human Body for Kids

The kids and I have been learning about and drawing the human body recently. My hope is that by exploring how the human form is put together and different ways of drawing it, we’ll all become more comfortable depicting it in our artwork—me, of course, but also my daughters. Here’s some of what we’ve been…

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Projects Inspired by The Artful Year Book

Fun Book Stuff :: Giveaways, Highlights, Photos, and Excerpts

The blog tour for The Artful Year book has been amazing! So many wonderful blogs, so many great posts. There’s been everything from craft projects, giveaways, interviews, straight up reviews, and more. If you haven’t been following along, or if you’ve missed some stops along the tour, I hope you’ll check out some of the…

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How to Make a Flour Resist Shirt

How to Make a Flour Paste Resist T-Shirt

By Jeanette Nyberg This is a weird and wonderful technique for painting on t-shirts as a sort of ‘contained’ version of tie dye. This will get kids thinking about negative and positive space—as well as design—in one project. Then, BONUS, they can wear their project. How to Make a Flour Paste Resist T-Shirt

Quick and Easy Happy Valentines Day Photo Card

Valentines Day Photo Cards for Kids

The kids and I made their classroom Valentine cards yesterday—last minute as usual, despite all my best intentions to be on top of it this year. One of them has their class Valentine party today instead of Friday as I had expected and so we had to come up with something quick. Here’s what we…

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Doodle Cubes Art Activity for Kids

Doodle Cubes :: Art Activity for Kids

Written by Ana Dziengel I can’t tell you how excited I am to be here on The Artful Parent today…..I have been a fan of Jean’s blog well before I even knew what blogs were. Jean has inspired so many parents out there to be creative with their children (including me!) so it is a…

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