Kids Art Frames that make it easy to display and change Childrens Art

Kids Art Frames That Rock

We have some new kids art frames that I’m pretty passionate about. Articulate Gallery is the name of the company that makes them and they sent one to me last year to try out. It’s been up on our wall since October, first holding black and white Halloween art and later glue resist snowmen and snowflakes….

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Free Birthday Party Printables for Kids to Decorate

Happy B-Day to The Artful Parent (plus birthday party printables)

  This not-so-little-anymore blog of mine is seven years old today! I started The Artful Parent in January 2008. Although my post on how to start a childrens art group is from 1999. Just joking! 1999 was the year I graduated from college. It was actually some time in 2008 that I wrote that post, but in…

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Crayon Melt Valentines Day Art for Kids

Valentine Heart Melts

We’ve combined some of our very favorite art techniques (and subjects) into a fun Valentines Day art activity for you! I wrote the post over on my friend Anna Ranson’s site, The Imagination Tree.  You can read it here :: Crayon Melt Valentines Day Art for Kids And while you’re there, make sure to see her…

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Drawing Prompts for Kids with Eye Stickers

Drawing Prompts for Kids with Eye Stickers

We have a roll of eye stickers that is completely awesome in every way. We’ve always been big fans of googly eyes and frankly I didn’t see the point of eye stickers for a long time. I just thought that googly eyes trumped them in every way. But! It’s not true at all. Eye stickers…

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Kids Dioramas and Small World Play

Kids Dioramas and Small World Play Ideas

A couple months ago, we received a review copy of 150+ Screen-Free Activities for Kids by Asia Citro of Fun at Home with Kids. I set it on the shelf with a few other review books I had received, fully intending to take a look at it when I had the time. But I started noticing…

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Magazine Pictures as Drawing Prompts for Kids

Magazine Pictures as Drawing Prompts for Kids

I came across a photo on Pinterest recently that has inspired all kinds of creative drawing in our home lately. The photo depicts an artwork that is composed of half a magazine page pasted onto paper and the missing half of the magazine image completed (or made up) through pen and ink drawing. When I…

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5 Ways to Re Ignite Your Creativity

5 ways to (re) ignite YOUR creativity in the new year

Post by Tiffany Dahle I cannot draw my way out of a paper bag. Paint brushes fumble out of my fingers. Yet, I adore every single thing about The Artful Parent because Jean has taught me that it doesn’t have to be perfect—it is the experience of creating with my kids that matters. As a…

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The Artful Year - Celebrating the Seasons and Holidays with Family Crafts and Recipes

Introducing my New Book, The Artful Year

Hello, my friends! I have something special to share with you… It’s my new book! The Artful Year :: Celebrating the Seasons & Holidays with Crafts & Recipes Receiving my box of author copies from the publisher was so exciting—like Christmas!—yet this is something that I had created.

Why to Keep a Daily Sketchbook

My Daily Sketchbook Project

We are one week into the New Year and It’s been a week since I started my daily sketchbook project. A week in which I have sketched something every day. My goal? To sketch something—anything—every single day of this year. And to make this small but catalystic act of creation and creativity as routine as…

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19 Ways to Foster Kids Creativity

Foster Kids Creativity with These 19 Artful Parent Resolutions

Do you make New Year’s resolutions? I do. Or rather, goals to work toward. I have a few related to art, and specifically to kids art, that I wanted to share with you today. I think these are areas in which many parents struggle. And I’m no exception! My Resolutions for Better Encouraging Kids Creativity

Neil Gaiman New Year Quote

Happy New Year

Happy New Year, My Friends! Or, as my kids wrote on the chalkboard last night, Happy Birthday to the New Year.