Color Splurge and Merge

July is apparently World Watercolor Month and many people are deeply enjoying themselves with the challenges put forth on Doodlewash. I especially loved artist Angela Fehr's article on color theory and experimentation - Learn Color Theory Through Playful Painting. Her giant palette that won't hold all the colors she needs is a source of envy …

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Summer Activity # 8 — Beading

Beading is an excellent activity to get young children started on. There's no age limit to the enjoyment that crafting different kinds of jewelry brings. In fact, jewelry making is a recommended activity for the elderly to keep their minds and motor skills active, perhaps because there's something tangible about beading. You can design, make …

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Summer Activity # 7: Batter and Dough

The universal truth about young kids is, no matter what and how many kinds of toys you buy, it is the practical adult activities that interest them the most. Aside from blocks and a few stuffed animals, we did not buy any other kinds of toys for the children. When you have multiples, it goes …

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Summer Activity #5: Making Videos

I've managed to find the time to do some refurnishing of the dollhouse as promised. Here is the rundown dollhouse, before all that effort: Only the bare skeleton has stood the test of time. Here is the refurnished dollhouse: Much more visually appealing. The changes included: new flooring (the kids did not want to change …

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Summer Activity #4 — DIY Board Game

The summers are sweltering hot here, so by mid morning it is hard for kids to be spending time outdoors. The hours are long drawn then, until sundown when they can run about once more out of the house. It takes effort to keep children occupied, especially when they are cranky and drowsy with the …

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Summer Activity #2 – Sewing

Sewing is a meditative task. You are completely in the zone as you put in stitch after stitch. Any deviation in your thoughts will lead to some stitch going awry, ruining the final picture. Undoing stitches takes just as much focus. Sewing is great for calming your mind. Something beautiful emerges out of it - …

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Summer Activity #1 – Dollhouse Refurnishing

Some years ago, when I had highly imaginative toddlers about, I'd spent a few days and nights putting boxes together to make a dollhouse. This is what I managed to turn out - I'm rather proud of this effort, knowing how much time and sweat it took to put in the final details, during the …

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Chalking up Childhood

Chalk art is a very versatile art form for children. I suppose you can chalk it up to the fact that kids are very 'in the moment' in their activities, and their ideas change from minute to minute. Art and play are the two ways in which children make sense of their world. From a …

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