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The Power of Books: Mini Masters & The Toddler’s Busy Book

Posted by Krissy on May 29, 2009

Never underestimate the power of books to expose your little one to fine art while inspiring a love of reading.  Here is a  favorite book for the wee ones and a favorite for mama, too!

Wee One Book

Mini Masters Box Set

Photo courtesy of Amazon.com

 

Mini Masters Boxed Set by Julie Merberg and Suzanne Bober

A colorful box set of mini board books inspired by art’s masters.¬† Includes Dancing with Degas, A Picnic with Monet, A Magical Day with Matisse, and our personal favorite, In the Garden with Van Gogh.

 

Photo courtesy of Amazon.com

Photo courtesy of Amazon.com

 

The Toddler’s Busy Book by Trish Kuffner

A chunky little book chock full of over 300 creative games and activities for little ones from 1 1/2 to 3 years of age!

 

 

 

 

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Target Sponsors Free Nationwide Museum Admission

Posted by Krissy on May 28, 2009

Photo courtesy of Please Touch Museum.

Photo courtesy of Please Touch Museum.

Don’t cancel those arts and cultural activities just because we’re in an economic recession! ¬†As part of their charitable giving program, Target brings arts education to¬†the¬†masses¬†by sponsoring select free and discounted¬†events at museums nationwide.¬† I can’t wait¬†to take advantage of the Target First Wednesdays at the Please Touch Museum in nearby Philly.¬† Check out Target’s site to find a participating location near you!

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Wordless Wednesday: Artist in Training

Posted by Krissy on May 27, 2009

Sawyer explores a new medium, watercolor pencils, along side Mama.

Sawyer explores a new medium, watercolor pencils, along side Mama.

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Tuesday Newsday: Recycling and Art Work Together in Philadelphia

Posted by Krissy on May 26, 2009

Photo courtesy of KYW Newsradio

Photo courtesy of KYW Newsradio

The city of Philadelphia ingeniously draws¬†community attention to two important causes at once: recycling and art!¬† The Philadelphia Tribune reports that¬†The Philadelphia Mural Arts Program¬†collaborated with¬†The Design Center at Philadelphia University and¬†60 school¬†students¬†to transform 12 recycling trucks with colorful, textile-inspired designs.¬† What a wonderful way to bring art (and recycling) to the forefront of our children’s everyday surroundings and consciousness!

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Mama Loves Monday: Crayons

Posted by Krissy on May 25, 2009

Each Monday I will give you a little glimpse into what this “Mama Loves” in the form of one clever product and one crafty project!¬†

Clever Product

Crayon Caddy Apron

Keep your little one’s crayons¬†handy for whenever the inspiration hits with a Crayon Caddy Apron from C Berry Baby.

Crafty Project

Photo courtesy of Jeff Prieb

Photo courtesy of Jeff Prieb

Make Funky Chunky Crayons with your old and broken bits with the help of Kim Novak Proctor over at Mommy Fuel.
 

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Five Simple Ways to Cultivate Creativity in Your Child

Posted by Krissy on May 22, 2009

Inspiring and nurturing creativity in your little one doesn’t have to be complicated or time consuming.¬† It just takes a little thought and attention on your part.¬† Here are five¬†simple ways to cultivate your child’s creative side today.

1.  Follow Her Lead

Remember: kids are naturally creative.¬†¬†Creative play¬†doesn’t need to be dictated to them.¬† So when your little one offers you pretend pizza on her play dishes,¬†gobble¬†it¬†down¬†with enthusiasm!

2.  Ask Inquiring & Open-Ended Questions

Whether during imaginative play or a scribble-fest, ask questions related to your activity that can’t be answered¬†with a simple “yes” or “no.”¬† After you gobble down the pizza, tell her it was yummy and ask what great ingredients she used.¬† You might be surprised where her crazy answers will take¬†you next!

3.¬† Provide Simple “Tools”

We’ve all been there: we go out and spend way too much money on the latest, greatest “educational” toy just to have¬†our child¬†play with the box it came in!¬† So save your money and rethink your definition of “toy.”¬† Go ahead and let your little one play with your pots and pans.¬† They just might turn into perfect nesting blocks, clanging instruments, or a helmet for a robot!

4.  Give Her Space

Don’t get me wrong; developing kids definitely need quality interaction with¬†caring adults.¬† But leave them to their own devices for some (supervised) alone time while you take a break or catch up on housework, and you might be really surprised at the creative stories, imaginative play, and silly songs you hear!

5.¬† Redefine “Creativity”

The most creative kid isn’t always the one who can create the most realistic stick-figure family portrait¬†in¬†her preschool class.¬† Rethink¬†what it means to be truly creative.¬†¬†Every¬†out-of-pitch tune or¬†unrecognizable¬†scribble is important in your child’s creative development.¬† So quit striving for perfection and celebrate their effort!

Photo courtesy of Ned Horton

Photo courtesy of Ned Horton

For further reading and research on creativity in children, check out the following great articles:

The No Push Method for Developing Creativity

Creativity Belongs to Children

Creativity in Young Children

Creative Play Makes for Kids in Control

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B.Inspired to Inspire Creativity in Your Child

Posted by Krissy on May 21, 2009

“Every child is an artist.¬† The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.”

Pablo Picasso

Photo courtesy of Fl√°vio Takemoto at http://www.flavio.pro.br

Photo courtesy of Fl√°vio Takemoto at http://www.flavio.pro.br

As a former art teacher, this is the quote that best demonstrates my philosophy of art education.  I truly believe that every person has an inherent creative force.  And I believe that it is (or was) my job as an art teacher to nurture that creative force in each of my students.

Now as a full-time mother, I am starting to see that creative force, full force, in my 2 year old son, Sawyer.¬† It greets me everyday in his imaginative play, nonsensical stories, goofy new lyrics to Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, and finger-painted masterpieces.¬† The creativity just oozes out of him, with seemingly little assistance from his father or I.¬†¬†And after more thought, I realize that¬†we do¬†play a vital¬†role in his crazy creative energy.¬† It’s not just his elementary art teacher’s job to nurture that creativity (when he goes to school in 3 years.)¬† Without proper attention,¬†the excitement and innovation¬†might¬†fade by then.¬† It is our responsibility as parents to tend to it now, while it’s so prolific and pure!¬†

So I’ve made a promise to myself and most importantly to my children to¬†make their creative energy a parenting priority.¬† Everyday I will post about¬†clever products, crafty projects, and creative parenting tips and tricks.¬† So,¬†please, join me in my journey,¬†and “B.Inspired” to inspire creativity in your little ones!

When do you see your¬†children’s natural creativity?¬† What creative activities do they most enjoy?

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