Creating With Nature

Do you have weeds in your garden? Do clover flowers pick their stubborn heads in your lawn? Let your kids use them in their play and crafts! That’s right: summer is a great time to use nature in creative ways. Here are some ideas. Make a plant soup or salad. Bring out toy pots, andContinue reading “Creating With Nature”

Let’s Celebrate Spring With Vivaldi!

Yes, the spring is finally here! Our children can spend more time outside after being cooped up in houses during the long winter. Don’t you just love spring air? And gentle crocuses and snowdrops pushing their pretty heads through the soil? Everything is so full of vitality and exuberance! Just like Vivaldi’s music in hisContinue reading “Let’s Celebrate Spring With Vivaldi!”

More Awesome Books Introducing Young Kids to Art and Artists

There are so many books introducing young kids to art and artists. Not all of them are created equal, though. Some look like they have promise, but in reality they just fall short of being moving for young readers. So, how does one chose the art book for a young child? Here are a fewContinue reading “More Awesome Books Introducing Young Kids to Art and Artists”

My Tools to Inspire Creativity

CREATIVITY TOOL # 4: humor * It’s not an accident that I am including “humor” in my Creativity Tool Box. Here is how humor encourages creativity in children: Kids enjoy humor It makes them feel more relaxed and playful In order to prolong the hilarity they are motivated to become active participants in goofing around TheyContinue reading “My Tools to Inspire Creativity”

My Tools to Inspire Creativity

creativity tool # 3: Books * Have you ever wondered how great children’s books manage to transport our kids into worlds of rabbit holes and neverlands? One thing is certain: books are magical tools for nurturing kids’ fantasy. And books are the easiest ones “to use” to inspire creativity: parent’s don’t need to do anythingContinue reading “My Tools to Inspire Creativity”

My Tools to Inspire Creativity

CREATIVITY TOOL #2: PLAYING PRETEND * For me, there is no other activity in which imagination rules so freely as in pretend play. I LOVE the way place looks after kids had a good long pretend game! The leftover chaos has an unmistakable quality of hard work combined with inventiveness and fun. (Oh, don’t getContinue reading “My Tools to Inspire Creativity”

My Tools to Inspire Creativity

Creativity Tool #1: Nature * Most kids love being outside. I don’t need to convince anyone how great and important it is for children to spend time outdoors. Neither would I give an advice on how to use nature to “teach” science to young kids. I would love, though, to share, with parents some creativeContinue reading “My Tools to Inspire Creativity”

Let’s learn about musical instruments

Long before your child gets to learn to play musical instrument, he can learn about instruments and have fun with them too. Chances are, your child is already familiar with some of them and, most likely, has some toy musical instruments that he loves to play. Good! Let’s encourage it with variety of fun activities.Continue reading “Let’s learn about musical instruments”

Christmas in July: The Nutcracker Ballet and Beyond

Most of American children know The Nutcracker as a ballet, while some are familiar with a movie thanks to Disney’s The Nutcracker and the Four Realms. But how many heard of the original story by E. T. A. Hoffmann? Why not to start a child’s introduction to Nutcracker with the book itself? Or better yet,Continue reading “Christmas in July: The Nutcracker Ballet and Beyond”

Introduce Your Child to Fine Art on Your Own!

What if you love art, but your child seems indifferent? What if you homeschool and would like to introduce your kid to famous paintings, but not sure where to start? Fear not, there are so many amazing books for young children just waiting to help you with this task. I have to confess: as aContinue reading “Introduce Your Child to Fine Art on Your Own!”