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Awesome Dad Alert: Illustrated Lunch Bags

Friday, January 10th, 2014

As if a parent needs anything more to make her/him feel like an under-achiever, graphic designer David LaFerriere comes along with his sandwich bag illustrations. Since 2008, he has drawn on his kids’ lunch bags (there are over 1.100 in total!) and you can browse them all here.

Personally, I’m just proud that I remember to pack my kid’s lunch, much less illustrate it, photograph it, and archive it!

Found via my husband via This is Colossal.

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A Kid With a Heart of Gold

Thursday, December 5th, 2013

Sometimes kids present us with the sweetest of gestures, unprompted, like that of Christian Bucks of York, PA. Christian decided that he wanted to help kids who might be feeling lonely on the playground with something called the Buddy Bench, according to this article on the Huffington Post. He had seen one on a trip to Germany and decided that he wanted to give kids a place to find comfort on the playground when they just needed a little company.

 

When I searched Buddy Bench on Google, I found that it’s actually a thing that people do (who knew?). This square-shaped one is actually a product for sale on Designs for Education, a British website. (I love how the shape of this one promotes conversation.

 

 

 

And this one is also a product for sale on Red Monkey Play, yet another British web store. (I’m noticing a trend here. You?)

 

 

 

 

 

And guess where this happy buddy bench is sold? Yep. England, as well.

 

I don’t know about you, but the UK seems like quite a friendly place! I bet Christian Bucks would agree!

 

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Backyard Nature Collecting

Thursday, May 16th, 2013

In our backyard, Magnolias are blooming, Lilacs are bursting, patches of chives are thick and green, and Violets and Dandelions are polka-dotting the grass. Last weekend, my two daughters set to work harvesting some of the beauty — some for spells and magic potions and some for a gorgeous flower garden centerpiece.  Not only was their creation beautiful and a true independent creation, it was a lovely way for them to explore the different textures, colors, shapes, and smells in their backyard.

Encourage  children to pick and collect the flowers, weeds, herbs, and growth in your surroundings (teach them to skip over special, planted flowers like Tulips and Irises). Leaves from trees and sticks and twigs are great additions to a natural collection!  Ask them to share notes about their observations and to draw pictures of their bounty.

Sometimes, it is okay to pick the flowers.

-Emily

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Make it :: Communal Twig Sculpture

Wednesday, May 1st, 2013

 

This past fall, I ran a Story Disk workshop at the Boston Children’s Museum and had the honor of spending the day in the art studio with the incredible Arts Program Manager,  Alice Volger.  The studio is gorgeous — inspiring, organized, and filled with most beautiful creative work.  I found myself especially captivated by the communal twig and tape sculpture that dangles from the ceiling, cheerfully greeting visitors.

Alice told me a bit about the process. Children filtered into the studio all day long and used twigs and colorful masking tape to add to the sculpture.  By the end of the day (or perhaps it was a few days), the twigs were intertwined in the grandest of ways.  It is breathtaking, really.

Why not try this at home?  Ask children to gather sticks and twigs (yard clean-up!).  Leave the twigs and multiple roles of colorful masking tape at a craft station for a few days.  Show children photographs of sculptures and encourage them to experiment with making their own unique creation.

If you have small children and are anywhere near Boston, definitely stop by the museum for a visit!

-Emily

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Inspired :: Patterns and Designs

Wednesday, February 27th, 2013

When you are out and about with your children, encourage them to search for designs and repetition in the world around them.  Look for places where the same motif repeats itself and creates  a beautiful pattern.  Walls, trees, the sky, ceilings, city streets, and parks are all sources of inspiration.

My children feel proud and excited when they discover a naturally occurring pattern. We like to take photographs of our discoveries, and I have plans to make a photo book using our collection.

Have fun!

Emily

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