Milk is pretty magical, right? I mean, what else can provide enough nourishment to sustain a life? I'm sure both of my girls will attest to milk's awesomeness -- after all, miss R indulged in my liquid gold for 2+ years and baby K is still holding strong. But little did my girls know how… Continue reading Magically Colored Milk — and Art, of course
This weekend, my home sustained a massive glitter explosion. So, for the past couple of days, every time my kids pad (or maybe trudge) down the hallway, they leave tiny tracks of gold sparkles. My home is, well, glittery -- even after vacuuming multiple times and washing the floor Cinderella-style. Baby K was the culprit… Continue reading Wild Orange Fairy Dough
A few years ago, long before baby K and on the heels of a play date for miss R, I decided to turn our dining room into a playroom. The first couple years of R's life included A LOT of toy pileup in our living room (still my reality) and I was determined to create… Continue reading Upcycle their ART: DIY Coasters!
Making and viewing art enhances one’s ability to excel -- socially, professionally and academically. So why is it that today, in the United States, the extinction of art in schools is spreading like wild fire? It seems to be treated like the flowery and trivial cousin of math and science, despite the fact that there… Continue reading Art is Important — And Our Children Need It
Miss R takes great pride in her artistic output. But, like every artist, there are always those projects that shine brightly -- ones she's especially pleased with and wants to try again and again. Lately, the shimmery gems in her oeuvre -- the works that make her giddy with self-admiration -- are those created through resist… Continue reading Resist Printing for Kids with Shaving Cream
All signs are pointing to baby K following the path of her big sis as a petite artiste. She demands (in no uncertain way) to be a part of every activity we do. But when we're dealing with slime-making supplies or other less-than-taste-friendly materials, it's a constant struggle to grab toxic items from her tiny… Continue reading Tasting Painting: Edible Art
A couple months ago, at our family's Art & Crafts Fair, I purchased an awesome sugar scrub from one of my favorite vendors. The scrub is dubbed "Awake" because it incorporates a number of enlivening essential oils, like peppermint and a variety of citruses. Miss R became obsessed with using it as part of her… Continue reading Orange you a Sugar?!
Miss R and I were hard at work today on arty-crafty-slimey projects. One positive result of being internet deprived is that there's more (too much?) time for hands-on activities. I'd like to say that my family is becoming more Zen-minded and present and less device-attached, but in truth we're all going a bit crazy. Still,… Continue reading Nebula Painting on Glass: Fine Art for Kids
*For quick access to the Jupiter Juice recipe, scroll on down. Since returning from our two-week-long summer sojourn back east, we've been living in a house overrun by wildlife and without access to the outside world. At least, that's what it feels like. Here's the recap. First off, the bobcats returned while we were gone… Continue reading Disconnected, Overrun, and DIY Jupiter Juice “Blood”
Here we are in upstate NY, in the home where Mr. T was raised in we were married. The family's beautiful country home is chock-full this week, as we all congregate from various countries and states for a family wedding. My kids are in a summer camp-like heaven -- in and out of the pool,… Continue reading Summertime Art: Ice Chalk Painting
Since we're still on our summer "holiday" visiting family back east, most of the time I'm responsible for only one of my two children. Right now, for example, miss R is playing a game with her MiMi while I sit in the sun room watching, listening to and smelling the torrential rain just outside the… Continue reading Tissue Paper Tape Resist Painting