In a Galaxy Far, Far Away

It seems like Star Wars is everywhere these days.  I’ve always been a big fan and it didn’t take long for my two young children to fall in love with nearly everything Star Wars.  If you have a young Jedi in … Continue reading

Do You Want to Build a Snowflake?

Try this 3D twist on the classic cut-out snowflake! Continue reading

Gumdrop Engineering

Providing engaging and exploratory learning opportunities allow curious children to develop their creative and analytical skills.  This simple building activity promotes creative thinking and innovative problem solving for children of various ages and interests. Using colorful gumdrop candies (or marshmallows) and … Continue reading

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Montessori-Inspired & Holiday-Themed Learning Trays

  Montessori is a method of education that seeks to develop a child’s natural curiosity and interests.  For young children, Learning Trays are one of the many tools that are used to encourage and promote this approach to a child-centered education. … Continue reading

Zentangle Turkeys

Have you experienced the art of zentangle?  Well, have you zentangled a turkey? Zentangle is a form of art therapy practice that develops creativity, focus and problem solving skills while also enhancing relaxation and mindfulness.  This method of creating structured designs is enjoyed across a wide range of skills, interests … Continue reading

Watercolor Leaves – Observation, Line Drawing and Color Mixing

Fall is the perfect time to make watercolor leaves using liquid watercolors, droppers, and color diffusing paper.  This project combines nature observation, line drawing, color mixing and paper cutting skills.  For younger children, trace leaves and allow the little artist to … Continue reading

Holiday Gifts That Inspire Innovation & Creativity – Part 3: Exploring Art & Design

As you begin your holiday shopping for your Little Artists this year, consider these gift suggestions that make learning fun while inspiring innovation and creativity! Exploring Art & Design: A fun way for little ones to begin to art exploration is with Ed Emberley’s Complete Funprint … Continue reading

Holiday Gifts That Inspire Innovation & Creativity – Part 1: Build & Tinker

As you begin your holiday shopping for your Little Builders and Tinkerers this year, consider these gift suggestions that make learning fun while inspiring innovation and creativity! For toddler through preschool age, a basic Wood Block Set is a must-have for any play space.  This is an … Continue reading

Metallic Leaf Relief

Making “Foil Leaves” is a fun, multi-step, mixed-media art project that young art students really enjoy. Due to use of spray paint and adhesive, this project requires a bit of adult set-up and assistance. Supplies: Various leaves Aluminum foil (cheaper the better in … Continue reading

Storybooks to Introduce Architecture and Construction to Young Children

Books are a fantastic way to expose young children to new ideas and topics, and architecture certainly is no exception.  The books shown below are a few of the favorites that I’ve used in the classroom and with my own children. … Continue reading