Have you seen the kids wall decals by Pop and Lolli? In a word, they are AWESOME. In a few more, they are: Extra large Extra colorful Extra creative Extra happy Extra fun I’ve been inviting Mia, designer and owner of Pop and Lolli, to join The Artful Parent as a sponsor for the last […]
Creative Play for Kids
Encourage creative play for kids -- It's important!
Building Brilliance Magnetic Shapes are a set of construction toys that my kids have been using and loving for the past month and a half. And brilliant is right. These magnetic tiles are an awesome kids construction toy with sturdy, brightly colored translucent plastic that beautifully catches and filters both sunlight as well as artificial […]
We gave some small world playdough play a whirl recently in between snow play sessions outside. While we often use playdough for modeling, creating, and just as a great sensory experience, the kids also use it for pretend play. This most often means they make food out of the playdough for tea parties, cupcake stores, […]
We made some simple magnet sticks last week and they have been inspiring way more creating and creativity than I could possibly have imagined. Making them was a creative activity in itself, and yet the magnet sticks are one of those products that inspire open-ended play and creative expression. This was a project Daphne and […]
We’ve been building and decorating dollhouses with cardboard this past week. Mostly Daphne and me, really, with a few cameo appearances by Maia. It’s been a nice change of pace from all the 2-dimensional creating we often do around here and the kids are loving the finished dollhouses! We added stained glass windows, as we […]
My four-year-old and her friend Emily surprised me by playing for hours with some little wooden apples and rainbow buckets. They sorted them, carried them, "ate" them, fed them to their (stuffed) animals, danced with them, created games around them, brought them along in the car and giggled about what silly things Maia might do […]