Double Doodle Drawing with Kids

Double Doodle Art

I was first introduced to the concept of double doodle art years ago by Maya Donenfeld of Maya*Made. She wrote about a mesmerizing drawing exercise her daughter learned at school from an art teacher. We gave it a try, loved it, and have been doing it ourselves ever since. (Thank you, Maya! Thank you, art teacher!)…

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Gravity Art - A STEAM Art Activity for Kids

Gravity Painting :: A STEAM Art Project for Kids

Post by Jamie Hand Combine science and art to demonstrate the force of gravity in a fun art project for kids. This STEAM-filled activity will have your child thinking creatively and becoming a problem solver. What is STEAM?   STEAM is the combination of Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math. Hand Made Kids Art believes…

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Rescuing Family Dinner with a Cooking Kit for Kids

A Cooking Kit for Kids by Raddish

Do you cook with your kids? Cooking is an important life skill for children to learn but also just wonderfully fun. In fact, I could go on and on about the benefits of cooking with kids! (And I have here as well as in both of my books.) And yet, despite knowing and believing that, I’ve…

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Useful Gifts for Kids

Useful Gifts for Kids

I’ve praised Imagine Childhood to the moon and back for their quality toys and tools for kids. Some of our very favorite things come from this special shop (you can read about them here and here and here). So when they asked me to write a post for them, I said of course. I decided to…

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Arts and Crafts for the Childrens Garden

15+ Nature and Garden Crafts for Kids

I get so excited this time of year. It’s time to start gardening! And along with planting flowers and vegetables and reading gardening books, we like to turn our creative energy toward the garden and our outdoor living spaces. We make garden wish flags, bean pole teepees, stepping stones, weatherproof garlands, and other garden crafts and…

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Spring Crafts for Kids and Families

12 Spring Craft Ideas for Kids

Spring is my favorite season. In response to an interview question recently over on Picklebums, I said, The calendar year might start January 1st, but to me the new year starts best in spring! Fresh shoots poking up out of the earth, new growth on old shrubs and trees, baby animals and birds, the return…

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Dreamland Fairy House Kit and Book

Dreamland Fairy House Kits :: A Review

Last week I shared some special fairy houses we had made from cardboard boxes. The kids have been playing with the houses and their flower fairy dolls quite a bit both inside and out. (Until we left the cardboard houses out in the rain anyway. Oops!) The fairy house that I’m writing about today is special too,…

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DIY Fairy Houses from Cardboard Boxes

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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