Art should play a role in the development of your kids. There are many benefits For children beingelsed to art during their formative years. these include self-confidence and problem solving ability,
Taking time to be creative at an early age will help them during their actual school years and later in their careers. In the business world, these children will be be valuable employees who are able to embrace diversity, envision innovative and valuable ideas and solutions to a problem, take risks and feel comfortable with the outcome and any mistakes, see other points of view, and think outside of the box.
Most importantly, these kids will never losing touch with the creative child inside of them.
Today I would like to share some of the best blogs that I have found that we, as parents and teachers, can use to gather ideas and inspiration to encourage creativity in our children.
1. Art Bar Blog… This blog is written by a former graphic designer who now teaches art from her home in Connecticut.
She believes that providing a space, time, a table, a willing parent, and art materials for children to create, explore, invent, and tinker develops their ability to flourish into a lifelong creative thinker.
Her art projects have been featured in publications, such as Real Simple.
2. Art for Kids and Robots…Jeanette Nyberg, author of Tangle Art & Drawing Games for Kids, finds both art and kids to be creative, interesting, and fun. She also believes that art is not fostered nearly enough in American public schools and offers art projects for kids on her blog to hopefully fill in that gap.
3. Elise Gets Crafty…Elise Blaha Cripe, author of the Get to Work Book, started a blog in 2005 and began sharing craft projects and tutorials. In 2008, she opened her first online shop, where she has made and sold everything from letterpress prints to wooden plant stands.
Fun at Home with Kids…Asia Citro, Author of 150+ Screen-Free Activities for Kids, The Curious Kid’s Science Book, A Little Bit of Dirt, and the Zoey and Sassafras seri
4. Hands Free Mama…Rachel Macy Stafford, author of Hands Free Mama, Hands Free Life, and Only Love Today…started this blog in 2010 and now has 98,000 followers on her Hands Free Revolution facebook page.
Her goal is to provide strategies that will allow for parents to be less distracted and more fully present in the moments spent with family.
5. Hands On As We Grow...Jamie Reimer, uses the blog “Hands On As We Grow” to post simple “hands on” activities…such as crafts, art projects, gross motor activities, and fine motor activities…that are simple to put together for your kids.
6. hello, Wonderful…Agnes Hsuan, author of My Color is Rainbow, offers the best ideas to create, celebrate, and enjoy those magical everyday moments and create memories with your kids, saving you hours of sorting through endless websites and inspiration boards.
7. Meri Cherry…Meri Cherry is a reggio inspired atelierista and private art teacher in Los Angeles with nearly twenty years experience. she believes that creativity is not only fun, but also a great source of self-confidence. Her mission is to inspire both the young and the old to be creative, think outside the box, and go for their dreams.
8. Picklebums…This blog was started in 2005 by a former early childhood teacher from Victoria, Australia.
9. Pink Stripey Socks…Leslie Manlapig, co-author of STEAM Kids- 50+ Science, Tech, Engineering, Art, and Math Activities for kids, STEAM Kids Christmas- 25 Activities for kids, and Happy Handmade, is a minimalist who believes that crafts can encourage others.
10. Red Ted Art…Maggy Woodley, author of Red Ted Art: Cute and Easy Crafts for Kids..is a blogger who loves all things crafty and desires to share easy, do-able, and fun craft ideas and how-tos for all ages.
11. Simple as That Blog…Rebecca, a professional photographer and mother of four, from Alberta, Canada, has been sharing easy-to-follow crafts and recipes, organization tips, mom-hacks that will help your home and your life run a little more smoothly, photography tutorials, and ways to save your family’s story since founding this site in 2005
She enjoys putting together simple DIY projects using easy-to-find materials and a few basic supplies, and believes that…
Fewer elaborate projects means easier-to-organize supplies.
Fewer distractions means more focused attention for my kids.
Fewer to-do’s and less stress means more joy in the everyday.
12. The Art Pantry…The Art Pantry is a design studio specializing in children’s creative play spaces, founded by Megan Schiller. Her mission is to design organized and functional spaces dedicated to creativity and quality art supplies in order to foster children’s independence, investigation, and creative play.