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Paul Klee Art for Kids – Colorful City Collages

Try this fun Paul Klee art for kids by collaging cities onto a colorful chalk background. A wonderful art activity inspired by Paul Klee’s art by Catalina Gutierrez of Redviolet Studio. You know I love to pair an art activity with a good ol’ children’s book. These always inspire me to try new projects. “The Cat […]

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Valentine’s Day Suncatchers – Easy Valentine Crafts for Kids

One of our favorite Valentine crafts for kids, these Valentine’s Day suncatchers are easy & fun for kids of all ages.  I wanted to share a beautiful Valentine’s Day craft that makes for a great handmade gift for family and teachers, but also, obviously, a lovely Valentine decoration. Plus it uses inexpensive materials that are […]

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Colorful Cardboard Hearts – DIY Valentines for Kids

Paint and decorate cardboard hearts in this open-ended process art activity for Valentine’s Day. These DIY Valentines for kids are so simple and easy to create! Hi! My name is Rachel Withers & I’m the editorial coordinator here at The Artful Parent. I’m so excited to share these easy process art valentines that my son […]

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How to Make Painted Wood Blocks & Sculptures

An easy sculpture project using wood scraps that’s fun to make for kids of all ages – by Danielle Falk of Little Ginger Studio. When I saw the giant tub of timber offcuts at my local creative reuse co-op (Reverse Garbage) in Sydney, I knew I had to have a sackful! I didn’t have a […]

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How to Make Hand Puppets for Kids

Learn how to make hand puppets for kids in this easy make & play project by Danielle Falk of Little Ginger Studio. Have you ever wanted to make hand puppets for kids? Well here is a fool-proof no-sew puppet-making project that can be enjoyed by kids of all ages (and their grown-ups). Kids LOVE playing […]

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What Is “Outsider” in Unthinkable Times?

Bill Traylor, “Black Pig with Blue Eye” (ca. 1939–42), tempera on found cardboard, 11.75 x 11.75 inches (photo courtesy Just Folk) It’s that time of year again, when the annual Outsider Art Fair pitches its big tent in downtown Manhattan, and its exhibitors roll out multicolored welcome mats, throwing open treasure chests filled with their […]

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Create a Hobby or Craft Room in 3 Easy Steps

If you have a hobby, like sewing, photography, music, DIY-ing, collecting stamps or trying to fix what your kids and significant other broke, it helps to have a dedicated workspace. Below are three easy steps to create a functional yet stylish hobby or craft room. Decide Where to Put it This multipurpose room combines laundry […]

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5 BEST Toddler Art Activities

Catalina Gutierrez of Redviolet Studio shares her favorite 5 toddler art activities for encouraging creative exploration, including cloud dough, painting, playdough, water play and more. Okay, so let’s talk toddlers.  I don’t know what it is (ok maybe I do; it’s everything!), but toddlers win my heart right from the start. I have been teaching a […]

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The Lebanese Expression To’borni ( تؤبرني)

Hello! Or as we say in the Arab world Marhaba! The Lebanese expression to’borni (تؤبرني) is famously known for being untranslatable. The reason why is because it consists of so many concepts crammed into one word. Although To’borni is technically a word, it is considered an expression because of its deep and complex meaning. We […]

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The Best of The Artful Parent from 2018 (+ Most Popular Posts Ever!)

This Best of 2018 list includes the top 10 blog posts from The Artful Parent, including heart symmetry painting, butter slime recipe, and chalk art. My year end tradition is to share the top blog posts of the past year with you. These are the top as in the most popular and most read according […]

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A Dozen Memorable Exhibitions from 2018

Hilma af Klint: Paintings for the Future, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, installation view (photo by David Heald, © 2018 The Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation) In a turbulent year marked by increasing nationalism, constant attacks on the free press, a retreat from dealing seriously with climate change, and a further, sanctioned erosion of women’s […]

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Paper Marbling with Acrylic Paint and Liquid Starch

In this tutorial I share how to do paper marbling with acrylic paint and liquid starch. This is a great activity to do with your kids to make Christmas crafts, cards, and handmade gifts! For my Facebook Live this week (Wednesdays at 10am!), I did a demonstration of marbling paper with paint and liquid starch. […]

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The Kids Art Club (+ Holiday Giveaway!)

Day 12 of 12 Days of Christmas Giveaways on The Artful Parent features… the Kids Art Club! I am giving away two one-year memberships to my online art club for kids and families. Welcome to Day 12 of 12 Days of Christmas Giveaways on The Artful Parent! Today we turn the spotlight on the Kids […]

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The Artful Parent Books & Courses (+ Holiday Giveaway!)

Day 11 of 12 Days of Christmas Giveaways on The Artful Parent features… ME! I am giving away copies of both of my books, The Artful Parent and The Artful Year, as well as access to my online course, Artful Parenting 101. Welcome to Day 11 of 12 Days of Christmas Giveaways on The Artful […]

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Cooking Kits for Kids by Raddish (+ Holiday Giveaway)

Day 10 of the 2nd annual 12 Days of Christmas Giveaways on The Artful Parent features Raddish, a monthly cooking club for kids. They are giving away two 3-month memberships, valued at over $140! Welcome to Day 10 of 12 Days of Christmas Giveaways on The Artful Parent! Today we turn it over to Raddish who […]

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Creative Titles for Families by Roost Books (+ Holiday Giveaway)

Day 9 of the 2nd annual 12 Days of Christmas Giveaways on The Artful Parent features Roost Books! They publish books to inspire creative family living and are giving away a box of seven wonderful books valued at $140! Welcome to Day 9 of 12 Days of Christmas Giveaways on The Artful Parent! Today we […]

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Sticker Subscription by Pipsticks (+ Holiday Giveaway)

Day 8 of the 2nd annual 12 Days of Christmas Giveaways on The Artful Parent features Pipsticks! They offer sticker subscriptions to kids and adults and are giving away Pipsticks Sticker Collection book + a $50 Pipsticks gift card. Welcome to Day 8 of 12 Days of Christmas Giveaways on The Artful Parent! Today we […]

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Imagine Childhood & Sarah’s Silks (+ Holiday Giveaway)

Day 7 of the 2nd annual 12 Days of Christmas Giveaways on The Artful Parent features Imagine Childhood and Sarah’s Silks! Learn about their focus on quality toys, tools, and accessories for creative play. Plus, enter to win TWO $100 gift certificates – one for each of their online shops. Welcome to Day 7 of […]

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