Regina of Chalk in My Pocket on encouraging creativity

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Regina Cherill, mama to a three year old girl, is the artful parent behind the blog, Chalk in My Pocket. We connected a year ago when she told me about letting her toddler paint her jeep with tempera paints before camping trips. I loved that idea! And her blog is full of the obvious encouragement to explore the world and children’s creative potential through art and other activities.

***Note: Readers will have a chance to win a set of 8 liquid watercolors at the end of this interview.***

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JEAN:  Can you tell us a bit about yourself and what inspires you to hand your toddler a paint-loaded brush and point her toward your car? This is something that would probably make many of us cringe!

REGINA:  I’m pretty sure I’m an artist trapped in a techie’s body. I love messy, tactile things and parenting a toddler has been a boon to the fingerpaint loving artist within me. Working in an elementary school before my daughter was born was a reminder of the importance and joy of art in schools. Even though I was teaching technology, art played a huge role in that and every subject.

Painting that Jeep was art in the most unexpected of places  – an automotive shop's open house! The experience of painting such a large thing that is traditionally off limits to kids was so exciting, for all of us! Claire was a year and a half old when she painted this truck and it was a springboard for all kinds of interesting outdoor painting last summer. The backyard playhouse, snack tables, power wheels and bunches of rocks all received lots of painting love. We used crayola tempera paint and it washed right off everything during the first rain.

And yes, Claire will be painting Jeeps again! We’ve got an old white Cherokee that is crying out for some color. I’m hoping we can make some “art on the move” with it when we go camping this summer.

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JEAN:  Why do you believe creativity is important to foster in our children?

REGINA:  Wow. This is a loaded question!

You’d think that as someone with a computer science degree I’d say, it’s not. We’re living in an information driven society, why do we need colored pencils, paint or music in our classrooms — shouldn’t we just focus on building competent computer and information literacy skills?

I feel just the opposite. Even if you push aside the joy, pleasure the intrinsic “humanness” that results from creating something with your hands, above all art fosters creative thinking. Approaching a problem with an open mind and finding creative solutions is a required skill set for ANY job. Even a computer programmer could benefit from “outside the box” thinking skills.

So many academic programs today are focused on the end goal of standardized testing and the classroom experience reflects that. Worksheet after worksheet does not a happy child make! I was lucky to teach in a school where art was not only taught but celebrated throughout the curriculum.

Confidence is built when you share something all your own with your classmates. Having it respectfully received is a result of a great art appreciation curriculum which I think should go hand in hand with art class. You don’t have to like every genre of art (or dance, music, ect) but appreciating and respecting the creativity and technique that went into it is a must. Now THAT is a lesson that can carry over into every content area and character development goal.

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JEAN:  What are some ways you encourage your daughter’s creativity?

REGINA:  More than anything, I provide access to materials and the time to explore them. Claire has an easel in her room and the tray is stocked with crayons, scissors and chalk. We have a little creation station on the kitchen table (a repurposed fruit stand) filled with crayons, paint, paper, ABC stamps and stencils. I rotate these materials a bit. During February it was filled with items to celebrate Valentine’s Day: spray bottles of pink liquid watercolors for spray painted cards, random bits of tissue paper, foil and paper heart cutouts and glue sticks.

My goal in setting up these “art stations” is to have items that Claire can use independently and clean up herself. As she’s gotten older, the materials have changed but our standby of crayons and paper squares in a bucket is still in on a living room shelf!

I don’t feel creativity is limited to art either. I’m happy to see my daughter play in creative ways with objects she’s scavenged from around the house. Recently she was lining up coins in a long snake shape and I asked her about the cool patterned creature she made. Well Claire looked at me like I was crazy and informed me that the young men (shiny coins) and old men (dull coins) were on a train together.

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She’s always raiding our little nature table for rocks to line up on the tiles, tucking dolls into cupboards and “writing” notes to us on scraps of paper. Not a day goes by that I don’t trip over some elaborate sculpture she created with the magnetic sticks and balls.

Having simple toys and leaving the TV off are the best decisions my husband and I have made as parents. Learning to keep herself entertained using her own imagination, is probably the best way we foster independence and encourage creativity.

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JEAN:  Do you have any favorite art activities you share with your daughter?

REGINA:  I love to paint and draw and doodle but often restrain myself from doing it alongside Claire for fear she’ll start to copying me rather than develop her own creative voice. Collage and photography have been a great way for us to “do art” together.

For Christmas Claire’s aunt gave her a kid size digital camera and we’ve had a blast taking pictures together. Going through her photos on my computer was a fascinating glimpse into the world of three year old. Some of it was abstract, all of it beautiful. I love how she photographed colorful bits of carpet and wood where she liked the pattern.

The beautiful illustrations in children’s books have started many conversations about the different materials and techniques artists use. I’m always thankful when illustrators list their materials and methods so I can share them with Claire.

A lot of our local art museums offer enrichment classes on a monthly basis. These tot classes usually include a craft and a museum tour for a nominal price. It’s a great bargain and lots of fun.

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My favorite art material? The liquid watercolors by Colorations, the colors are so vibrant and they seem to last forever! We’ve used them as traditional paint on watercolor paper and coffee filters and have used them as dye for the bathtub puffy paint and dried pasta beads.

I’m not sure if this counts as an art material per se, but we have pattern blocks on our fridge that see a ton of use. Claire is always making clever little creations – triangular people with pointy eyebrows and semi-circle smiles make frequent appearances on our fridge door.

Our Buddha Board is another item I’d have to mention. It’s a fantastic, no mess art experience. If you haven’t seen one before it’s a rice paper board on an easel that you “paint” on with water. The high contrast result is really cool, albeit temporary art.

My biggest challenge with encouraging art in the home has been organization. It’s not my strength by any stretch of the imagination and organizing our materials during creation and stowing them neatly away afterwards is something I’m working hard to improve upon. I’ve found plastic egg cartons are great for sorting everything from paint to pasta to googly eyes and I horde these on top of my fridge. These are the most valuable recyclable in my arsenal.

JEAN:  Anything else you’d like to add?

REGINA:  A big thank you for all the inspiration here on the Artful Parent blog! I can’t tell you how honored I am to be interviewed here – so many of the memories I’ve created with Claire have been the direct result of an activity found here!

JEAN: Thank you, Regina!

Giveaway

Readers who leave a comment to this interview by Thursday, March 10th at 12 midnight EST will be entered into a random drawing for a set of eight Colorations liquid watercolors in a rainbow of colors: blue, green, magenta, orange, purple, red, turquoise, and yellow. Please note, while comments are welcome from readers all over the world, only US readers will be entered into this particular giveaway because of the weight of the watercolors.

The random number generator picked #13, so Carrie wins the set of eight liquid watercolors. Congrats, Carrie!

Fabulous interview! Thanks again for the creative inspiration.

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    Randi Eccleston
    March 7, 2011 at 8:11 am

    Great interview, very inspring.

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    [email protected]
    March 7, 2011 at 8:14 am

    Great interview! I love the part about providing access to the materials and the time to explore them. I see so many highly directed art “projects” and love seeing the littles just experimenting with all of the supplies on their own terms. My daughter, 2 1/2 would *love* to explore those liquid watercolors :) :) Thanks for doing what you do, mamas!

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    Melissa @ the chocolate muffin tree
    March 7, 2011 at 8:15 am

    Love to see this post! I think Regina has one of the best Artful/Creative Blogs out there! I look forward to see what she will post next! (it is always a surprise!!!)

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    shelli mcclaran
    March 7, 2011 at 8:15 am

    this whole interview just makes my hippie mama’s heart smile. i didn’t think about tempera paint washing off a vehicle easily. my kids are gonna dig decorating our big blue van this summer!

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    Shenandoah
    March 7, 2011 at 8:18 am

    Great interview! Thanks for sharing your thoughts and ideas.

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    Aleacia
    March 7, 2011 at 8:19 am

    I love this! I especially love the Jeep painting, my girls’ Poppa has a Jeep I’m sure he’d love to let them paint :)
    Thank you for doing this interview!

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    dawn
    March 7, 2011 at 8:24 am

    Love this!

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    Dawn Lange
    March 7, 2011 at 8:42 am

    Ooh… I am so excited about the Buddha Board!! Great interview!

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    Kristin
    March 7, 2011 at 8:45 am

    Great post, and some really fun ideas! Fingers crossed for the fingerpaint – we’re just entering that stage now, and I’ve been looking at different brands to purchase.

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    Carla
    March 7, 2011 at 8:45 am

    I think it’s a brilliant idea to give your toddler a “kid sized” camera for themselves. I would love to see what kind of pictures my son will take.

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    Linda B
    March 7, 2011 at 8:46 am

    Fun!!!!!!!!!!!

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    Sarakenobi
    March 7, 2011 at 8:51 am

    I’m so excited about this buddha board business! also, I wish I had a white car/truck/jeep/bug so we could paint it. I don’t tink it would look as cool on my dark green car.

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    Carrie
    March 7, 2011 at 8:52 am

    Fabulous interview! Thanks again for the creative inspiration.

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    Sara R.
    March 7, 2011 at 8:52 am

    My 4 year old son wants to paint our car now! ;) We’ll see…maybe we’ll stick with painting our fence for the time being.

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    Abigail
    March 7, 2011 at 8:53 am

    how wonderful, i hope i can be as inspired with my son

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    Erin
    March 7, 2011 at 8:55 am

    Cool ideas and a new (to me) blog to explore.

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    Desiree
    March 7, 2011 at 9:11 am

    I loved this and realize I need to be more lax about having crayons out with my sneaky 3 yr old :)

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    Annette Standrod
    March 7, 2011 at 9:15 am

    just awesome. awesome. love liquid watercolors too. [email protected]

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    Sarah J.
    March 7, 2011 at 9:18 am

    Great interview! I have some new ideas to try with my 3 year old.

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    Julie L.
    March 7, 2011 at 9:35 am

    wow, painting the jeep! What an awesome idea. We have an old white v.w. bus, I never thought it could be a canvas :) I can’t wait for some warm spring/summer weather so we can give this a try. I’ve also never visited Regina’s blog, on my way over to check it out.

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    Elizabeth Mathis
    March 7, 2011 at 9:52 am

    What a great interview! I also let my girls (ages 2 and 5) have free access to art supplies. We have an art table with watercolors, markers, stamp pads and crayons available. We haven’t painted our car, but last summer we did paint the tricycles.

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    Britta
    March 7, 2011 at 10:03 am

    Thanks for introducing me to another site! Great ideas.

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    Pumpkinbear
    March 7, 2011 at 10:03 am

    I’ve been looking for the perfect set of liquid watercolors for a billion uses that I already have planned, so I’m V excited to have such a positive review of these–they’re definitely going on the must-buy list!

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    Alice S
    March 7, 2011 at 10:04 am

    I like the puffy bathroom paint idea. Great interview!

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    Joy
    March 7, 2011 at 10:09 am

    The world needs more mobile art! I love the car painting idea. I wonder if my brother would be willing to donate his car for a while…

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    Rachel
    March 7, 2011 at 10:26 am

    Love the recipe for bathtub puffy paint, how awesome!

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    Valerie @ Frugal Family Fun Blog
    March 7, 2011 at 10:28 am

    Great interview — I enjoyed learning more about Regina! Love her blog & yours!! :-)

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    amber whitehead
    March 7, 2011 at 10:34 am

    Wow, how neat! I love your outlook on bringing up a creative child. Inspiring =)
    Love the recipe for bathtub puffy paint. I have a sick guy at home today and I think we will try this out!

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    butterfly wishes and wonderland dreams
    March 7, 2011 at 10:38 am

    I love her blog and she is so creative just like you! no wonder you 2 hit it off so well!
    another great interview!
    thanks for sharing and for the chance to win liquid watercolors.

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    Katrina B.
    March 7, 2011 at 10:40 am

    OOOOOOOOh I want to make bathtub puffy paint! Love the jeep painting!

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    sojournmommy
    March 7, 2011 at 10:52 am

    Thank you for your blog. It’s been so inspiring. I was an art major in college but for some reason I have a major block when it comes to sharing this with my kids (who are all awesomely creative, btw).

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    Jennifer
    March 7, 2011 at 10:58 am

    What an interesting interview! THe photos of your daughter are precious!

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    Karin
    March 7, 2011 at 11:00 am

    Another great reminder to just dig in and get messy in the name of creativity. Sometimes I just feel to tired to deal with the clean up, but it’s worth it.

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    August
    March 7, 2011 at 11:07 am

    I’m totally inspired. My daughter just turned 2 and I’m always thinking of ways that u can encourage her to be creative… I love this blog and all of the fun ideas:)

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    Amanda
    March 7, 2011 at 11:08 am

    Fantastic! I loved reading this interview and love your blog – I’m not a very artsy/creative person, so this has allowed me to start fostering these abilities in my children. Thank you!

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    Lara
    March 7, 2011 at 11:08 am

    I love the idea of the art stations! Something we will definitely be trying out!

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    Padma
    March 7, 2011 at 11:12 am

    Very inspiring….

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    Walking Alphabet
    March 7, 2011 at 11:17 am

    Love both of your blogs… I’m thinking tempera painting a vehicle might be a great activity for all the young’uns on our next camping trip. I like the idea of rotating out the materials you have on hand for your daughter to use… that might help me organize the cluttered pile that is our creative corner.

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    MarthaT
    March 7, 2011 at 11:18 am

    “I” am expecting my first grandchild in June. I am really enjoying this blog and get great inspiration from the ideas I am reading about today.

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    Lisa
    March 7, 2011 at 11:22 am

    Thanks for the introduction to Regina’s blog! I can’t wait to try the bathtub puffy paint. I’d love more info on the pattern blocks on the fridge–they sound fun!
    The car painting is quite inspiring… my car is black but perhaps I can convince my husband that his silver car is worthy. :) I’m inspired to paint other things in the backyard… the fence, the tricycle, etc. Great ideas!

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    [email protected]
    March 7, 2011 at 11:23 am

    Thanks for taking the time to teach others the importance of creativity in our high tech style of living. Your blog is inspiring to those of us teaching children!

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    Julikay2u
    March 7, 2011 at 11:30 am

    Love the ideas! Can’t wait to use some of them ourselves!

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    Kelly
    March 7, 2011 at 11:32 am

    What a fun interview! Love the bathtub puffy paint idea–can’t wait to try it with my 2 year old!

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    karla
    March 7, 2011 at 11:36 am

    I love the idea of painting the jeep!! I’d love to let my kids paint our van before our next road trip. I’m assuming the paint would wash off….wouldn’t it? :)

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    Kelli
    March 7, 2011 at 11:41 am

    The jeep is really cool!

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    Kristin
    March 7, 2011 at 11:50 am

    I love that you shared this blog. Thank you both for all the wonderful ideas.

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    Anna Tesch
    March 7, 2011 at 11:52 am

    LOVE it. Just providing the materials and time to use them can be so powerful for our children! A mess to constantly keep up with… but a mess worth making. :)

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    Lorina
    March 7, 2011 at 12:01 pm

    Great interview! Never heard of the Buddha Board before, brilliant. Also love the idea of painting the jeep!

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    Heather
    March 7, 2011 at 12:11 pm

    What a wonderful giveaway! And I love the idea of painting the car with washable paints before going camping! I wonder if my husband will be as excited about it when I suggest it this summer…. Thank you Jean! -Heather

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    Melissa Taylor
    March 7, 2011 at 12:13 pm

    great interview, I got so many ideas – thanks!

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    Bethe
    March 7, 2011 at 12:17 pm

    Great post. Think it’s also important to point out that children can also be creative through movement, physical activity and dance. Creativity is only limited by our imaginations…and the labels who put upon it.

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    Erin
    March 7, 2011 at 12:20 pm

    What great ideas – so nice to get creative ideas from other parents!!

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    Jill P
    March 7, 2011 at 12:27 pm

    What a great interview. I love the idea of rotating art supplies…right now I have a cabinet in the kitchen full of supplies and it all ends up in a big mess by the end of the day. Going to purge and organize right now!

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    Carla
    March 7, 2011 at 12:33 pm

    Love the interview…very inspirational and encouraging on trying so many new things with my 22 months old daughter. Thank you for sharing so many tips.

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    jenn owens
    March 7, 2011 at 1:02 pm

    great interview! insipiring!

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    georgine
    March 7, 2011 at 1:26 pm

    I have to get my girls a buddha board. Thanks for the great interview, intro to Regina’s blog and the opportunity to win the watercolors. They are our favorite too!

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    Sally
    March 7, 2011 at 1:52 pm

    Great post. The pictures from my daughter’s digital camera are some of my favorite things ever!!!

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    Brandy
    March 7, 2011 at 1:52 pm

    Love this interview! I’ve never even thought of painting on a car! Thanks for the info on the buddha board, I’ve never heard of it.

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    Jennifer S
    March 7, 2011 at 2:02 pm

    Wonderful interview! Thank you.
    I have been wanting to get some liquid watercolors.

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    Kate
    March 7, 2011 at 2:05 pm

    Love the ideas from both Regina and Jean — I am not an artistic/creative type myself, but really want to encourage it in my children. You both give me a lot of inspiration to do so!!!

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    Rachelle
    March 7, 2011 at 2:10 pm

    Great interview, Jean! I’m a big fan of Regina’s blog and enjoyed learning more about her!

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    Jennifer the Iowa Expat
    March 7, 2011 at 2:21 pm

    Great interview! I try to encourage creativity at home and when I’m at school–as a guidance counselor.

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    Celeste
    March 7, 2011 at 2:44 pm

    Loved this interview–I have five little ones and try to gather all the art resources I can to share with them. Thanks for the giveaway too!

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    Shereen
    March 7, 2011 at 9:57 am

    Great ideas! Thanks for sharing!

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    Kerstin
    March 7, 2011 at 2:59 pm

    Another great interview! I love hearing from moms of all different walks of life trying to push creativity. Liquid watercolors are some of my favorites as well.

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    Amy
    March 7, 2011 at 3:04 pm

    Thanks for the giveaway and the inspiration on both blogs- my children thank you, too!

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    Arborescence
    March 7, 2011 at 3:14 pm

    I always appreciate how parents are helping their access their own native fountain of inspiration. Thank you!

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    mc
    March 7, 2011 at 3:25 pm

    Great ideas! Can’t wait to try to the bathtub puffy paint!

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    Angela S
    March 7, 2011 at 3:49 pm

    I have been reading your blog for a couple of months now and I always take away something useful for present or future artistic endeavors with my 18 month old daughter. Thanks! I enjoyed the interview I love Regina’s photo with the camera lens in the mirror…trying to wrap my head around that one! :)

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    Marcia
    March 7, 2011 at 11:52 am

    those watercolors are our ALL Time favorite too!

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    Meka
    March 7, 2011 at 5:11 pm

    I LOVE the bathtub puffy paint idea and can’t wait to try it!

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    Faye
    March 7, 2011 at 5:14 pm

    So inspiring! Thank you for the wonderful ideas!

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    Nicole
    March 7, 2011 at 5:25 pm

    Thanks for the giveway – I’d love to win the liquid watercolors. I’m also going to have to give serious thought to setting my boys loose to paint my silver van! ;)

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    Mel
    March 7, 2011 at 6:24 pm

    I love all of these creative ideas!

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    Tracy
    March 7, 2011 at 7:06 pm

    Very inspiring. Lots of ideas and loads of fun to come painting our vehicles !

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    andrea
    March 7, 2011 at 7:17 pm

    that jeep was RAD! how brave. i would have been afraid it wouldn’t have washed off… kudos, mama!

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    Gina
    March 7, 2011 at 7:48 pm

    Nice jeep painting :) I had a camp full of kids print their hands on a car once for the camp “parade” and it was a hit to do something that seemed so forbidden. Washable paint is fun stuff!

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    beth s
    March 7, 2011 at 7:50 pm

    painting the jeep is a cool idea. do the colors really totally wash off? i have had issues getting washable paint off hard surfaces (it leaves a pink or blue stain on my countertops).

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    Krista H
    March 7, 2011 at 8:00 pm

    inspiring read! My daughter is 16 months, and I’m looking for all the info I can get about opening the world of art to her!

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    Carrie @ Oh Baby O
    March 7, 2011 at 8:04 pm

    LOVE reading interviews and learning more about how other parents incorporate art into their families daily lives! Thanks so much for sharing :)

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    Amy M
    March 7, 2011 at 8:22 pm

    Loved this interview! Always looking for new ideas to make art with my 13 mth old. Even as an artist myself, I’m sometimes at a loss for how to encourage creativity at such a young age.
    thanks for sharing!

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    robin
    March 7, 2011 at 8:25 pm

    Oh the painting of the car is wonderful! My dh would have a heart attack tho’. lol.
    Many inspirations here for art with my 3yo granddaughter.
    And what a lovely giveaway – my granddaughter would love these!
    Thanks!
    cokelush at gmail

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    Kiasa
    March 7, 2011 at 8:37 pm

    I loved this interview. I need to remember to be more free and open letting my kids explore. I’ve been wanting colorations liquid watercolors.

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    Julie
    March 7, 2011 at 9:03 pm

    I am so happy to have been introduced to Regina’s blog. Thank you. Watercolors are our favorite art medium. The buddha board is on my wishlist.

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    Whitney
    March 7, 2011 at 9:05 pm

    Love all of the ideas she shared. Hopping over to her blog now!

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    Kelly
    March 7, 2011 at 9:08 pm

    my white mini van needs some paint! i’m inspired! and what a great giveaway too!

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    Aussie Mum
    March 7, 2011 at 9:10 pm

    Oh my boys would love that bath tub puffy paint!

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    Renee
    March 7, 2011 at 9:50 pm

    I love this interview! I think we’ll have to get some pattern blocks for the fridge.

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    Kate
    March 7, 2011 at 9:59 pm

    can’t wait to let our play date crew paint the car (or maybe we’ll test the idea on our bikes and scooters first) this summer! as always, thanks for the CREATIVE ideas and interviews, a pleasure to read (and try)!

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    Heather
    March 7, 2011 at 10:52 pm

    thank you for this! I am always looking for wonderful inspiring ideas to foster my DD creativity! :-)

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    Amy
    March 7, 2011 at 11:42 pm

    That buddha board looks awesome! It’s definitely on my wishlist for my daughter.

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    mayumi
    March 8, 2011 at 12:21 am

    Thank you so much for this interview~!

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    Lizardp
    March 8, 2011 at 12:27 am

    Thanks for the ideas and inspiration!

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    [email protected] Chalk in my pocket
    March 7, 2011 at 8:25 pm

    You’re the first person to notice that! I took it in the mirror on a double decker bus when I was in Ireland this past November. I really got lucky with that shot!

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    excel development
    March 8, 2011 at 3:14 am

    it enhance the creativity of you’re children. great post

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    Etta
    March 8, 2011 at 3:23 am

    I’m inspired! I need to set up more art stations in my house. Would love to win these watercolors too!

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    shelli
    March 8, 2011 at 12:40 am

    Fun interview! Thank you for the opportunity!

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    Meghan
    March 8, 2011 at 7:03 am

    Another amazing blog to add to my Must Reads! I can’t wait to try the puffy paint idea, and I just put Buddha Board on my son’s birthday ‘wish list! Thank you!

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    ellen landrum
    March 8, 2011 at 7:34 am

    Great ideas! I LOVE the Jeep!

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    robin ann
    March 8, 2011 at 7:35 am

    the chalk in my pocket is the blog that i check in with after i check out artful parent! my daughter and i have bar soap on our shopping list so we can try the puffy bath paint! thanks for the idea!

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    Chandra
    March 8, 2011 at 7:45 am

    I like the rotating basket of supplies idea. We have all ours in a low cabinet, and it doesn’t inspire art daily like a more obvious placement might.

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    Mary
    March 8, 2011 at 8:13 am

    Great interview, and I can’t wait to try making the puffy paint with the liquid watercolors we have right now. We love them! We made a holiday banner from your sight with coffee filters and liquid watercolors…not Christmas like you did, but with Mardi Gras colors. Thanks for your great blog and we’d love to win the water colors!
    Mary

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    Beth D. Johnson
    March 8, 2011 at 4:18 am

    Regina, you are an inspiration among all mothers out there who are struggling to find activities for their kids. Your concept of developing the artistic ability of kids and the activities you have lined up to make the experience fun and enjoyable is truly very inspiring.
    This is an awesome interview! More power to Artful Parent!

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    Julie R
    March 8, 2011 at 10:42 am

    fantastic activities! and my kids would LOVE some new paints!

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    deborah
    March 8, 2011 at 11:04 am

    Great ideas for new materials and activities. Thanks!

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    karen
    March 8, 2011 at 11:11 am

    Thanks for the inspiration and ideas (as always!)

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    Alison
    March 8, 2011 at 11:39 am

    Thanks for the interview and ideas!

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    Natalie
    March 8, 2011 at 1:53 pm

    Great interview! Thanks to both of you for all the ideas!

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    Maggie
    March 8, 2011 at 1:59 pm

    Thank you both for being an inspiration to my play time with my daughter! -love Maggie and Molly

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    Maggie
    March 8, 2011 at 2:00 pm

    Please see Retyped email!

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    Sharon
    March 8, 2011 at 2:04 pm

    Thank you for some more wonderful ideas! My only problem is where do I start with a 16 month old? A lot of the ideas I see around me are for older babies. And I am very interested in starting some projects with my little man even if they don’t go where I think they should go. We did start by painting our kitchen door with chalkboard paint and he instantly loved it with colored lines all over the place, oh and a little taste every once in awhile. I guess I am just thinking too big for him right now. Any suggestions would be appreciated. thanks,

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    Amanda
    March 8, 2011 at 2:21 pm

    I had never heard of a Buddha Board before – and now it is on my ever-growing list of must haves! Thanks for the opportunity to win the watercolors (another item on my list of must haves!).

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    Sarah
    March 8, 2011 at 2:23 pm

    i just finished a watercolor project with my daughter! She loves those paints!

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    Shelly Ok
    March 8, 2011 at 2:25 pm

    So many great ideas for things I want to do with my kids!

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    Mommytomyprincesses
    March 8, 2011 at 2:55 pm

    Love how creative she is! I love the buddha board idea too, I saw this at a gift shop recently, but did not want to pay the steep price! Looking for a cheaper alternative, basically a way to DIY!

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    JenO
    March 8, 2011 at 4:13 pm

    I get to play with three toddlers five days a week so we could put those watercolors to good use. Today we painted with feathers. Thanks for the great ideas and interviews you post.

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    Rhonda Brand
    March 8, 2011 at 4:15 pm

    I love reading your blog. I was thrilled when you dropped by mine the other day.

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    Molly Campe
    March 8, 2011 at 4:20 pm

    Great inspiration for me! Getting messy=good!

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    Ticia
    March 8, 2011 at 4:40 pm

    It’s posts and interviews like this that truly inspire me.

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    Janet Walker
    March 8, 2011 at 5:04 pm

    You are so inspiring! I struggle not to worry with mess…Moms like you open my eyes to the fun a child really deserves with art! I can’t wait to let my son paint his playset(over & over, as it rains alot in Fla)

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    Shay
    March 8, 2011 at 5:49 pm

    great ideas! very inspiring.

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    Becky Shanks
    March 8, 2011 at 6:04 pm

    So many great ideas that I can’t wait to try with my toddler!

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    Emilie
    March 8, 2011 at 7:18 pm

    My daughter and I just finished painting a rainbow and then she wanted to watch a tv show so she’s on the couch and I’m catching up on my google reader entries…no more. I’m signing off and shutting down the tv, but first I had to thank you for the inspiration!

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    Neat
    March 8, 2011 at 2:29 pm

    GReat interview–so many great ideas, I love when you ask kids what they made and they say something you would have never guessed (as with the coins) thanks for sharing!

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    MaryLea @ pink and green mama
    March 8, 2011 at 7:59 pm

    Such a great interview with one of my favorite artsy mama bloggers!
    We love our Buddha Board too : )

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    ania
    March 8, 2011 at 8:20 pm

    So many ieat ideas!
    My husband loved the jeep painting idea!
    We have to try the spray painted cards technique.

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    Maggie
    March 8, 2011 at 8:38 pm

    Such an inspiring interview, full of color and wonder. What really struck me is the accessibility to materials which is something that eludes me right now with my 4 year old and not quite 2 year old. I feel like I have to be super organized and just need to let that all go and HAVE FUN! Thanks for the ideas.

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    Leah
    March 8, 2011 at 8:47 pm

    These ideas are great! I’ve never heard of the colorations water colors and would love to try them out. Thanks for the giveaway.

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    Teri
    March 8, 2011 at 9:34 pm

    Think I will have to add that Buddha Board to my wish list on amazon!

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    Emily
    March 8, 2011 at 11:46 pm

    When I was a kid, my parents took me and my sis to the art museum where all kids decorated an old VW Bug with paint, glitter, and all the fun stuff! I will make sure my daughter can experience the same!

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    meghan
    March 9, 2011 at 12:20 am

    Thanks for the interview, I love finding new moms who love art blogs. I also really love the Budda board, thanks for sharing.

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    Ragan
    March 9, 2011 at 2:51 am

    Love the idea of painting your car before a camping trip!!! We will definitely try it out this summer. Thanks!!!

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    Leslie
    March 9, 2011 at 6:21 am

    I am always looking for more ways to be creative with my kids, it doesn’t come natural to me. Thanks for the inspiration.

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    rosie
    March 9, 2011 at 8:45 am

    love the bathtub painting. my kids will love that!

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    Kristi C
    March 9, 2011 at 9:46 am

    As a educator that is in technology who has an love of art too (and a toddler to boot) this is awesome! Thanks for sharing

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    Alex
    March 9, 2011 at 10:42 am

    Thanks! I subscribed to this blog, and I could really use some new paints for our art group too!

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    jessica
    March 9, 2011 at 10:51 am

    Thank you for the inspiration and ideas. I can’t wait to try the puffy paint!

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    Heidi
    March 9, 2011 at 12:17 pm

    Great interview! I’m so excited to try the bathtub puffy paint!

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    Stacia Britt
    March 9, 2011 at 12:21 pm

    Great read. Never seen a Buddha Board before. My daugther and I like creating together-just need to work on the organizing part :)

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    Tiffany
    March 9, 2011 at 2:12 pm

    I am sure I may repeat what others have said, as I have not read ALL he comments. Process oriented experiences, especially art, is one of the best ways for a child or adult to learn expression. I work at a hands-on high school that hosts a play based preschool as a lab school for high school students to learn about child development. We model for big and small children the great importance of time to explore in a prepared environment rich with materials.
    Thanks for sharing yours!
    -Tiffany
    [email protected]

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    Natalie
    March 9, 2011 at 2:57 pm

    Love this interview. Another blog for my creative parenting bookmark folder! Thanks!

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    erin
    March 9, 2011 at 3:02 pm

    Great ideas and I love the photos, especially the one with the dinner menu – cute and yum!

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    Jeanie
    March 9, 2011 at 3:34 pm

    I totally want to try making that puffy bathroom paint! I’m not quite ready to let the kiddo paint the car, though …

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    kate
    March 9, 2011 at 3:55 pm

    I’m going to try the Buddha board. Count me in on the contest too!

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    Karen Kessinger
    March 9, 2011 at 5:37 pm

    Great interview. Might have to get tempera paint for some outside projects. My boys have been using Sharpies (yikes) on our swing set.

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    Peaceful Knitter
    March 9, 2011 at 9:27 pm

    Great giveaway, and I loved this interview. I’m off to check out Regina’s blog now…

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    Cassie
    March 10, 2011 at 6:57 am

    Now I am contemplating other large objects for my daughter to paint… thank you so much for the inspiration!

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    Brooke
    March 10, 2011 at 9:35 am

    Love your blog! The jeep idea looks like so much fun.

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    Cassie
    March 10, 2011 at 11:31 am

    Now I’m thinking of other large objects that can be painted… thank you for the inspiration!

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    rachel
    March 10, 2011 at 2:04 pm

    Thanks for sharing!

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    Susan
    March 10, 2011 at 2:14 pm

    So creative! This is an area I definitely need some help in with our schooling!

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    Lauren Laumbach
    March 10, 2011 at 4:53 pm

    your work with batik on paper has inspired me to try adding salt to my watercolor… it’s gorgeous. results will be up soon on my blog: http://art–i–love.tumblr.com/
    also – i’ve never tried batik, but i wonder if using rubber cement instead of glue on paper would work?

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    Amy Adams
    March 10, 2011 at 5:17 pm

    I am so inspired! And I would love to win the watercolors– I’ve been drooling over those for awhile now:-)

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    Carrie @ Rhubarb Sky
    March 10, 2011 at 5:18 pm

    What a wonderful interview. I’ve got puffy bathtub paint and jeeps on the brain now!!!

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    Amber
    March 10, 2011 at 5:22 pm

    I discovered Colorations from this blog and so far I’ve loved all their products. And that jeep is amazing.

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    Nicole C.
    March 10, 2011 at 5:22 pm

    Ooh! Thanks for introducing me to another great crafty site! And I must say, I adore the picture of the puffy paint… oops… on her site! LOL

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    Marina B
    March 10, 2011 at 5:27 pm

    I LOVE liquid watercolors by Colorations, and I’ll be making some bath tub puffy paint soon!!!!! Thanks for the ideas and giveaway!!!!

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    Miss M
    March 10, 2011 at 5:27 pm

    Great interview. I love reading about things I feel we could really do and enjoy doing with my child. No Martha Stewart here and I’m SOOO glad!

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    Maureen
    March 10, 2011 at 5:31 pm

    I love the Jeep idea! We have a white one too! I wonder if I can convince my dh. :)

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    Maureen
    March 10, 2011 at 5:32 pm

    I love the Jeep idea! We have a white one too! I wonder if I can convince my dh. :)

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    Nancy
    March 10, 2011 at 5:41 pm

    great interview. and I worship at the altar of liquid watercolors — pick me! :)

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    tracy
    March 10, 2011 at 5:44 pm

    I love all the ideas, but rotating materials in the “creation station” is the one that I plan to do immediately! Thanks!

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    Sara
    March 10, 2011 at 6:00 pm

    Lovely! She’s a lucky girl to have such an adventuresome mama!

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    The Outlaw Mom
    March 10, 2011 at 6:04 pm

    Painting a car is such a great idea – who would have thought?! My 2 year-old LOVES doing things that she thinks she shouldn’t be, so this is the perfect creative activity. Thanks for the interview, Jean; and Regina, your site is so beautifully designed, it’s always so fun to visit.

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    Jennifer
    March 10, 2011 at 6:08 pm

    The kids will have a ball in the tub now! Love the egg carton idea too. The kids are still using prongs. :(

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    Meda
    March 10, 2011 at 6:18 pm

    LOVE the ideas on doing art together. I’ve been stuck because my daughter has wanted me to draw/paint, etc for her (even though I never had). Great ideas!

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    michele Wiseman
    March 10, 2011 at 6:33 pm

    Great ideas!

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    Cindy
    March 10, 2011 at 6:47 pm

    I wish I had the fortitude to let the kids paint our car for camping trips! For now, they will have to settle for bathtub paint…

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    molly
    March 10, 2011 at 6:57 pm

    I’ve been on a reading hiatus due to our move and it is so fun to come back and see all of the cool projects (loved the paper doll cutouts) and this great interview.

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    JulieB
    March 10, 2011 at 6:57 pm

    Great ideas. I’m an early elementary/preschool teacher and I have three-year-old twins, so I will definitely be trying some of these projects!

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    vanessa @ silly eagle books
    March 10, 2011 at 7:26 pm

    I’m always inspired by Regina and reading this interview was even more inspiring–I loved hearing more about her and her beautiful family. Thanks for posting this!

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    Marla
    March 10, 2011 at 7:29 pm

    i have been looking for watercolors! love the bathtub puffy paint

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    Marisa
    March 10, 2011 at 7:34 pm

    My son (3 1/2 years old) is always on the move- jumping from the tallest obstacle he can find, pursuing imaginary monsters, racing cars around the living room. He hardly ever stays still except when he’s painting. He will paint at his art easel for 45 minutes talking the whole time about what he’s creating. It occurred to me only when I read this interview, that his time at the easel might correspond to the size of the canvas. If I give him a whole car to paint, how long would he be occupied by the activity? I’m so curious to find out! I’m always turning to the Artful Parent for ideas (you should have seen what my son did with marshmallows and toothpicks- thanks for that idea!). Now I am so glad to also have Chalk in My Pocket at a creative destination for inspiration.

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    Karen G
    March 10, 2011 at 7:35 pm

    Love the interview. My mom lets my daughter and my niece paint just about anything with tempera paint. The jeep idea is right up her alley. Thanks for the fabulous blog.

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    Jujudebisschop
    March 10, 2011 at 7:42 pm

    I love the bathtub puffy paint! I made them for the first time last week when I stumbled across your blog. It was a big hit with both my 2 1/2 year old and 12 month old. Neither one of them wanted to leave the tub that night. I’m also definitely putting the buddha board on our wish list. Thanks for all the inspiration and insight!

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    Sherry @ Living and Learning
    March 10, 2011 at 7:48 pm

    Somehow I’ve never gotten around to buying any of those liquid watercolors–and now I really want some! :)

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    Karen
    March 10, 2011 at 7:54 pm

    Thanks for another great interview!
    {I’ve got three kids that LOVE watercolors}

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    Helen
    March 10, 2011 at 8:10 pm

    The tempera paint idea sounds like so much fun! I feel inspired to see what kinds of outside things my children can paint as well :)

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    Antoinette
    March 10, 2011 at 8:12 pm

    Awesome interview! Look forward to your posts every day.

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    Michelle S.
    March 10, 2011 at 8:13 pm

    Thanks for introducing us to another great blog!

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    mary
    March 10, 2011 at 8:30 pm

    I knew that this grandma bought a white car for a reason! Can’t wait to get some color on it! :-)

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    Kim
    March 10, 2011 at 8:32 pm

    I love the idea of painting the jeep….never would think of that. I love how you are fostering such creativity in your child by providing her open ended materials that she can use freely.

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    Melissa Awad
    March 10, 2011 at 8:52 pm

    i really like that buddha board, amongst many other things in this interview!

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    Rachel
    March 10, 2011 at 8:56 pm

    I am new to both of your blogs as of today, and I am blown away. My daughter is almost 21 months old, and I have been so excited about how engaged she’s becoming in imaginative and creative play. Of course, now I feel like a failure in the arts department… but we’ll catch up :-P

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    Tovah Miller
    March 10, 2011 at 9:10 pm

    This is fantastic. I am always looking to inspire creativity within me, my child, and the children I watch.

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    Lindsay D.
    March 10, 2011 at 9:43 pm

    Yay! I think I made it in time. What a lovely post. I have a 21 month old who is very artsy and I am always trying to get a new project of some type going. Headed now to check out these bath puffy paints…

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    Michelle
    March 10, 2011 at 9:52 pm

    What a great interview!! I love liquid watercolors…these would be great to use with our Art Group :0)

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    Christine M.
    March 10, 2011 at 9:57 pm

    I am so glad to have discovered Chalk in My Pocket; Regina is truly inspiring and has great ideas for fostering creativity. I try to keep the toys simple and the tv off around here as well. It is definitely not the mainstream tendency, but it feels right to me. Way to go!

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    leslie
    March 10, 2011 at 10:00 pm

    the jeep reminds me of a guy i knew in college… he had a splatter painted, foot printed, hand printed, psychedelic car…. i loved it…

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    Meryl
    March 10, 2011 at 10:18 pm

    I am super inspired! Can’t way to try any and all in our new art room!

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    Nicole
    March 10, 2011 at 11:46 pm

    I love this blog! I remember you posting about the Jeep but didn’t I didn’t follow it to the blog. And I would so love these watercolors! I have been eyeing them at DSS but haven’t bothered buying them, yet. What a fun way to try them! Thanks!

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    Karen
    March 14, 2011 at 8:40 am

    Cant believe the Jeep part but i bet it was a blast!

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    Heather Huber
    October 26, 2012 at 2:24 pm

    Regina must have been the coolest mom! How I wish my mom is like her. But she cannot even know how to appreciate my works in art. She should learn somehow from you, Regina. When I become a mom, I will surely be like Regina.

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