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Sidewalk Chalk Art. Just Add Water.

Monday, July 8th, 2013

Pick a warm summer afternoon,  break out the sidewalk chalk and offer your kids a bucket of water as well.  When the chalk mixes with water, the chalky pastels turn to rich, deep pigmented colors.  The color transformation is truly addictive.

If your children are interested, encourage them to use their feet and hands to mix and blend colors.

Make prints!

Or, hearts

And, when the art project winds down, let them run through the sprinkler to clean off.

Summer fun at its best!



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Wednesday, December 5th, 2012

Inspired: Each week I offer a tip for finding inspiration in the world around us. It might be observed in my classroom or found on a walk or whispered in my ear or thrifted or discovered on a dark shelf in the basement. Something. Anything that gives me a creative spark. My hope is that these bits and pieces encourage you and the children you spend time with to search for creativity in your days. This isn’t about spending money or acquiring new things; it is an exercise in motivating us to pay close attention to the bright spots in our world.

Sometimes a late afternoon walk is just what I need to feel inspired.

White, fluffy, softness! Like snow!

During the holiday season when life feels extra busy, twenty mindful minutes outside is often the perfect way to search for new, creative ideas. Outside is outside. It can be on a sidewalk in your neighborhood, a city street, a forest trail, or at a beach or park.  When my mind drifts to work and plans, I am careful to pause and find something curious or interesting before me. I encourage my children to do the same by turning it into a game: can we leave our adventure with a list of ten intriguing things?

Pause and enjoy.

xo emily

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