Fort Magic Fort Kit for Kids - An Igloo

The Fort Magic Fort Kit for Kids (+GIVEAWAY)

I wrote about Fort Magic a few weeks ago. About a fort kit for kids that has turned our house into a creative construction zone—in such a good way. It has added a new level of family interaction and collaboration during the building phase and has inspired all kinds of imaginative play afterward. This fort kit… 

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Melting Crayons Art on Canvas with Watercolors

Melting Crayons Art on Canvas + Watercolor Resist

We tried doing melted crayon art on canvas yesterday. If you saw my Instagram pictures yesterday, you know that I initially planned to try out crayons in the hot glue gun, an idea I saw on Pinterest a while back. This did not go so well, so we resorted to our standby of putting the… 

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Kids Shadow Art :: Tracing the Light -- Beautiful!

Kids Shadow Art :: Tracing the Light

Daphne and I made shadow art a couple of days ago. Both kids repeated the activity again this morning. This is such a simple art activity. Yet so absorbing. And so beautiful. We simply traced the pattern of shadow and light made by the morning sun streaming through the sheer floral curtains in our dining room… 

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Follow The Artful Parent on Instagram

The Artful Parent on Instagram

I’m on Instagram now! After resisting the pull for so long, I finally gave in and tried it out. I’m hooked! I feel like it’s what I’ve always been looking for in blogging—a quick, easy, and visual way to share kids art and creative ideas. Only it’s more so! It’s quicker. Easier. More visual. I… 

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11 Fun Easter Egg Ideas for Kids

11 FUN Easter Egg Decorating Ideas for Kids

Looking for fun Easter egg decorating ideas for kids? Here are 11 that we’ve loved, plus a few extra we’d like to try. 1. Washi Tape Easter Eggs 2. Easter Egg Ideas for Kids :: Drawing in Frames 3.  Marble Easter Eggs with Kool Aid 4. Easter Egg Decorating with Sticker Resist and Sharpies 5. Easter Egg… 

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21 Spring Crafts Kids will Love - Easter Crafts, Flower Crafts, Bird Crafts, and More

21 Spring Crafts Kids will Love

We like to celebrate Spring and Easter by crafting together using the themes and colors of the season: Fresh spring flowers—daffodils, tulips, dogwood, rhododendron, azaleas, peonies The light greens of newly emerging spring leaves Pinks all around us when the redbuds are in bloom The happy yellow of daffodils, sunshine, and fuzzy chicks Bird song… 

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Welcome spring with a stained glass art project for kids - Beautiful!

Welcome Spring with a Stained Glass Spring Art Project for Kids

Happy first day of spring!! Daphne and I made a spring stained glass window to welcome spring in style (and to offer all kinds of good, warm spring ju-ju so that it starts to feel a bit more like spring!). It’s light green, pink, and yellow and especially gorgeous with the morning light streaming through… 

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Drawing Lessons for Kids Using the Monart Method

Drawing Lessons for Kids with the Monart Method :: Revisited

If you follow The Artful Parent page on Facebook* or if you’re one of my very first Instagram followers (I just started) you may have seen Daphne’s first lion drawing yesterday. Maia and I were working together on one of the drawing lessons from Mona Brookes’ Drawing with Children (at her special request; we had… 

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A Build a Fort Kit for Kids by Fort Magic

A Build A Fort Kit for Kids by Fort Magic (+GIVEAWAY!)

We had a submarine in our house last week. A big one. This week it’s been a house, a tattoo parlor (I relaxed while Daphne and Maia each painted designs on my arms and shoulders), a hide-out, a store, a restaurant, a reading nook, and a place to snuggle in sleeping bags for family movie… 

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Pretend Play Ideas with Playdough - Cupcake decorating and more great ideas for pretend play with playdough

Playdough Pretend Play Ideas

I don’t have a big post for you today; just wanted to share some photos of the kids’ recent playdough creations and combine it with a list of more pretend play ideas for kids using playdough. I don’t know about your kids, but when my kids play with playdough, it usually turns into a pretend… 

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The Artful Parent book on Children's Art by Jean Van't Hul

Asking a Favor…

April 9th will be the one-year anniversary of my book, The Artful Parent: Simple Ways to Fill Your Family’s Life with Art and Creativity. It feels like such a milestone! I feel so very lucky that my book made the 2013 Amazon Best of the Year list, received a 2013 Family Choice Award, has sold well,… 

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