The Ultimate Spider Web Crafts and Activity Guide

Spider Web Crafts and Activities :: The Ultimate Guide

Spiders and spider webs are all around us—an important part of the natural world that we are all familiar with. Halloween has laid claim to spiders because of many people’s fears and misconceptions. Personally, though, I find spider webs beautiful. And spiders, if not beautiful, don’t scare me. (Don’t get me started on cockroaches, though!) Whether you…

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Taking Time for Creativity with Online Art Classes

Taking Time for Creativity with Online Painting Classes

As parents, it’s too easy to let our own interests and our own creativity get buried under the mountain of responsibility that comes with raising a family. I know I am guilty of this—even while doing my best to encourage creativity in my children (and other children around the world). But let’s not forget our…

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Strewing is the art of casually yet strategically leaving “invitations” for learning and creativity out for your kids to discover on their own.

The Art of Strewing

Do you strew? If not, I’m going to encourage you to give strewing a try this week. I first learned about strewing when I interviewed Kristen Marra of Pepper Paints years ago and have practiced it myself ever since. I included a section on strewing in The Artful Parent book (pages 23-26) and have probably mentioned strewing in…

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Glue Resist Art Activity for Kids

Glue Resist Art Project for Kids

You know how much children like to squeeze glue bottles? Well, here’s a glue resist art project for kids that gives them the opportunity to squeeze out glue to their hearts content. And then to paint the whole thing once the glue has dried. We did this with Halloween themes, just ’cause Halloween is around the corner,…

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The Best Pumpkin Decorating Ideas for Kids

The Best Pumpkin Decorating Ideas for Kids

We just bought a bunch of pumpkins, unable to resist the new displays of them popping up everywhere. So we now have a table-full of big pumpkins, little pumpkins, orange pumpkins, and white pumpkins. Even a few funny-looking knobbly gourds! And since we can’t just leave them alone, here are some of the best pumpkin…

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DIY Apple Bunting

DIY Apple Bunting

I’ve been wanting to make an apple bunting with my kids ever since I saw this simple stamped apple garland on Multiples & More. Where she used burlap, though, I decided to try creating the bunting on the pages of an old book for the interesting contrast between the red apple prints and the black-and-white text. It…

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The Best Games for Kids

The Best Kids Board Games and Card Games

I come from a game-playing family. Playing board games, card games, and any other fun games are ways to connect with other people in a lighthearted way while also developing critical thinking skills such as memory, strategy, literacy, arithmetic, visual patterns, and more. Besides, who doesn’t love playing games? I love games. I think all kids love…

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