Make Homemade Bubble Wands

Make Homemade Bubble Wands (+ GIVEAWAY!)

Happy Earth Day! Today I have a post for you on making lovely homemade bubble wands. We used the new and improved Artterro bubble wand kit, sent to us for review (and which also contains materials and instructions for making some fun garden art!), but if you’re feeling crafty and resourceful you could make bubble wands without a kit…. 

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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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21 Ways to Display Kids Artwork - Great ideas for modern families!

21 Ways to Display Kids Artwork

As parents, we are always looking for ways to display kids artwork — that mountain of creativity they draw, paint, collage at home and at school. Their artwork deserves a special display, but more often than not it ends up in a pile along with some good intentions. Um, speaking for myself here, but from… 

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A Slanted Kids Drawing Table

A Slanted Kids Drawing Table :: Ergonomic and Portable!

I bought a new kids drawing table a couple months ago (that one from Imagine Childhood that I said was on my wish list when I wrote about the best art tools for kids) and wanted to share our experience with it. The table itself is simple, sturdy, and highly functional and I thought the… 

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Forget Crayons - The 11 Best Art Materials for Todders

Forget Crayons :: 11 Best Art Materials for Toddlers

A list of our all-time favorite toddler art supplies and tools.

Easter Crafts for Kids in The Artful Spring eBook

Easter Crafts for Kids, Spring Art Ideas, and Yummy Recipes

Are you ready for spring yet? I so am. And I’ve just decided I’m going to start thinking about spring—pastel colors, flowers in bloom, Easter crafts for kids, birds singing, sweet strawberries, and gardening barefoot—no matter what the weather is doing outside. This winter has been longer and colder and snowier than I would have… 

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Whats on the Kids Art Display Wall This Month

Whats on the Kids Art Display Wall This Month?

I really love how easy it is to change out the artworks on our kids art display wall! We’ve continued to change it up pretty regularly but the last time I post an update of the art on the wall was in October so I figured we’re due for a new post. It’s a fun… 

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Painting with Water on the Chalkboard

Paint with Water :: Easy, Low-Mess, and Fun!

Do your kids like to paint with water? This easiest and least messy of kids’ art activities can be done anywhere (although a chalkboard works especially well) and any time. Maia and Daphne both like to paint with water on the chalkboard and on the zen board. Half the fun, it seems, is the ephemeral… 

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Somewhere Over the Rainbow -- Fun Rainbow Kids Products, curated by Jean Van't Hul of The Artful Parent

Somewhere Over the Rainbow… Rainbow Kids Products

As you know, our family loves rainbows. Daphne’s first non-abstract drawings were of rainbows and my blog header has only just now changed from Maia’s 3yo rainbow watercolor artwork. Both kids continue to create new rainbow art regularly and to be attracted to all things rainbow. When asked her favorite color, Maia has often said “all… 

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Kid-Made Modern Heart Art from Cardboard Scraps

Cardboard Art Projects for Kids —Modern Art from Corrugated Cardboard Scraps!

This series of cardboard art projects started both as a way to use cardboard scraps and to keep my younger daughter happily occupied (and, yes, quiet) while the older one did her homework. However, it quickly turned into one of many modern art pieces that have been made by both kids as well as a… 

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