I needed this list a couple of days ago. It was freezing rain outside; mayhem inside. A day that we had planned to make our annual family trek to the Christmas tree farm to choose our tree, but had to stay home because of the weather. We didn't have a back up plan, were a bit grumpy, and to say the kids were bouncing off the walls would be a major understatement.
I put this list together to refer to this winter, because you and I both know we're going to need it again.
I'm always up for trying out a new Artterro art kit. And I'm always surprised by just how much creative potential is packed into a deceptively compact cardboard box (which doubles as a decorate-your-own frame, by the way).
A little like that stunt where clown after clown hops out of a miniature circus car, surprising and delighting you.
That's kind of how I feel with Artterro's eco art kits.
Looking for family-friendly Christmas crafts and activities? Here are 11 Christmas crafts to make with your kids this month. Most double as holiday decorations or gifts, so you'll get to enjoy them or give them after the fun of making is over.
Please welcome my blog sponsors for the month of December! They help make this blog possible and I am very grateful for their support. I hope you will take a moment to visit their sites and see what they have to offer.
These businesses can be great resources for artful families like yours and mine. I'm highlighting one of each of their products in the image above and including a link to it beside the business listed below. Explore and enjoy!
Have your kids had a chance to draw and play with shaped crayons yet?
While crayon fish and crayon bunnies are not going to replace the sticks we're all familiar with, they are certainly a fun alternative. My daughters love theirs and I've written here about our experience with them.
The shaped crayons are coveted, traded, negotiated over, and, for four-year-old Daphne, add an element of pretend play to the act of drawing.
The Art Pantry is an online shop for children's art supplies, co-founded by Megan Schiller, mom and early childhood educator, and Stacey Silver, mom and museum professional.
Megan started out teaching art to toddlers and blogging at the Littlest Birds Studio (which I had on my blogroll way back when I used to have one). I remember her blog well and was always impressed both by how real her kids' art classes were—the activities were age-appropriate, process-oriented, messy, and fun.
What I didn't know until she contacted me was that it was my toddler art group that inspired her to start her own children's art classes!