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Art Books for Kids

The holidays are here! It’s time to put on your creative gift-giving thinking cap! Here are some beautiful, creative and just darn FUN books that would make great gifts for the kids on your list.

Why give an art book as a gift?  Most kids enjoy creating art.  They love to “get messy” using paint, Play-Doh, glue, and glitter.  However, some kids do not consider themselves to be artists and do not believe they are able to create beautiful art.  Other kids get a little stuck in their creativity and need a nudge to help them expand the types of art they create.  Here are some great books that feature compelling stories and beautiful illustrations that encourage kids to use their imaginations to develop a greater appreciation of the different ways to create art and a greater understanding of the messages that art can convey.

  1. The Beautiful OoopsThe Beautiful Oops, by Barney SaltzbergHave you ever observed your kids or your students ball up a piece of paper because they made a mistake while drawing?  Well The Beautiful Oops will give your little artist ideas as to how turn what at first seems to be a mistake into something wonderful.
  2. The DotThe Dot, by Peter H. Reynolds.  This book is ideal for the hesitant artist who does not quite know where to start.  In response to her teacher’s suggestion that she start off by making a dot, Vashti angrily puts a dot on her paper.  From that dot the word of art opens up to Vashti. 
  3. I Am an ArtistI Am an Artist by Pat Lowery Collins.  Many kids and adults alike are quite creative but have a hard time viewing themselves as artists.  Collins shows that the definition of “artist” is quite broad.  By simply looking closely at objects around them kids will eventually realize that they do indeed have the mind and imagination of an artist. 
  4. Why is Blue Dog BlueWhy is Blue Dog Blue by George Rodrigue.   Written by Cajun artist George Rodrigue, Why is the Blue Dog Blue encourages kids to think beyond the obvious when they create art and to make color choices based on the message they want to send through their art.  While Rodrigue’s message may seem complex, the book is written in a way that children will understand and apply it to their own artwork. 
  5. IshIsh by Peter H. Reynolds.  Oftentimes adults and even other kids do not quite understand drawings created by kids.  However, to the artist the drawing makes perfect sense.  Ish gives encouragement to that child who has become discouraged because his or her artwork has been misunderstood.

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camps and art-themed birthday parties for children ages 18 months through 12 years.
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Father’s Day Photo Gifts

Ties, golf balls, and “Dad” coffee mugs are all cool Father’s Day Gifts. However, dads love gifts that their kids make.  Yes, the lopsided mug made in art class at school and the popsicle stick picture frame without doubt will bring a smile on dad’s face.  Building on the DIY concept, for this Father’s Day we found some great ideas for unique DIY  gifts for dad that feature creative, yet easy photography.

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1) We Heart Daddy Shadow Picture.  Make a sign or series of signs with cutouts of the words “We (or I) heart (using the heart symbol) Daddy!”  Take a picture of the children holding the signs.  To make this photo a bit different, instead of taking a photo of the actual kids, take a photo of the shadows of the kids holding the sign.  Dad will think this is super cool!  Once you take your photo, use it to make beautiful print.  Print it on 8″ x 10″ or 11″ x 14″ paper and frame it.  Or, use a photo lab to have the photo printed on canvas.

Father's day shadow photo

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Learn how-to here: discountqueens.com

2) Foot Love.  There is something compelling about the little feet and cute little toes of kids.  Why not write “We love you, Dad” on the bottoms of your kids feet and take a photo?

Father's day foot photo

 

 

 

 

 

Learn how-to here: frecklephoto.com

3) “I Love Daddy Because…”  I bet your kids can make a long list of reasons they love their dad.  Pick 4 of these reasons and make signs.  Take pictures of your kids holding one sign at a time.  Combine the 4 photos into one print with the caption:  “I Love Daddy Because…”
father's day message photo

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Learn how-to here: enframephotoblog.com

4) Daddy and Me Photo Book.  Compile several photos and use a photo lab to make a photo book.  Compile random photos or select a theme such as Father’s Day photos throughout the years, sports-themed photos, or photos of your child and dad with funny expressions.

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5) Photo of Generations.    This unique idea involves a picture of granddad holding a picture of dad, holding a picture of your kid.  The result is powerful.
Father's day generations photo
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Photo Credit: Cheezburger

Your kids will love helping to make any of these gifts, and Dad will think it is awesome!

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Kidcreate Studio is an art studio just for kids that offers children’s art classes,
camps and art-themed birthday parties for children ages 18 months through 12 years.
Making a mess is the best at Kidcreate!

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Artsy Father’s Day Gifts

 

One-of-a-Kind Father’s Day Gifts Made from Your Child’s Art!

For an extra special, one-of-a-kind Father’s Day gift, transform your child’s unique artwork into a personalized keepsake! Whether it is a drawing of a tree, a painting of daddy, or crayon rendering of something a little more abstract, it can be used to decorate a variety of gift items. Today’s sophisticated and lightning fast technology allows you to easily scan your child’s masterpiece and send it to a manufacturer who will print it on a variety of products, or who will fashion a keepsake based on the artwork. Here are a few Father’s Day ideas.

 

Father's Day - Your Childs Artwork Made into Solid Silver Keychain or PENDANT-As Featured in ETSY FINDS - made to order-click to see moreKey chain
How about a key chain designed out of artwork that you child created?  Such key chains can be crafted out of titanium, or silver.

 

Child's Drawing Personalized Coffee Mug, "Little Artist" Series : Artwork Creates a Perfect Gift for Parents, Grandparents, and TeachersMug
For the coffee-drinking dad, a mug, featuring his son or daughter’s artwork would be an ideal Father’s Day surprise.

 

fathers day cufflinksCufflinks
For the dad who is a little more formal, but also appreciates a little whimsy– a pair of cufflinks featuring your little one’s art will make a fun and unexpected gift.

 

 

Daddy will treasure any one of these thoughtful gifts forever!  

Kidcreate Studio is an art studio just for kids that offers children’s art classes,
camps and art-themed birthday parties for children ages 18 months through 12 years.
Making a mess is the best at Kidcreate!

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Teacher Gifts- Say Thank You With a Hand-Made Gift

Are you looking for cute and crafty ideas for end-of-the-year teacher gifts?
Check out our Teacher’s Gifts Board on Pinterest!

Follow Kidcreate Studio’s board Teacher’s Gifts on Pinterest.

Kidcreate Studio is an art studio just for kids that offers children’s art classes,
camps and art-themed birthday parties for children ages 18 months through 12 years.
Making a mess is the best at Kidcreate!

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Etsy’s Best Mother’s Day Gifts!

Need Some Mother’s Day Gift Inspiration?
Check out These Unique, Handmade Gifts on Etsy!

Whether you are looking for a Mother’s Day gift to give your mom or for a gift for your child to give to grandma, thrill her (that’s right, bring her to tears) with a unique, handmade gift from an Etsy artisan.  Etsy.com is an online marketplace where independent artists sell their unique and often one-of-a-kind creations.  Etsy is a great place to find that special gift for your mom, grandmother, godmother, or friend who is “like a mother.” Since Etsy offers literally millions of products, we curated a few that we know will be instant smile-getters.

Sunshine Bracelets 2Sunshine Bracelets

One artist offers a pair of bracelets hand-stamped with the phrases from the popular song:  “You Are My Sunshine” and “My Only Sunshine.”


Jewelry, Jewelry and more Jewelry!

Personalized PendantMom’s love personalilzed jewelry! There are so many beautiful jewelry options on Etsy it was hard to narrow it down for our short list! This handmade gold necklace features a small disc-shaped charm that is hand-engraved with your mom’s initial. Another favorites included lovely a leaf shaped birthstone and monogram necklace that would be a great for mom or grandma.

Mom not the monogram type? Every mom would love this darling mama bear necklace!

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Handmade Soap

Another artist makes purple and green swirled lilac scented soap from coconut oil, cocoa butter and other natural ingredients.  You mom’s skin will just love it!

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Grandma's House RulesGrandma’s House Rules

Everyone knows that grandma’s house rules are different and more relaxed than mom and dad’s house rules.  This gift lists those rules on a piece of distressed wood, making it clear why kids love spending time at grandma’s house!

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2017 wall art“Greatest Blessings” Wall Art

Want to bring tears to your mom’s eyes?  Give her this beautiful custom printed and framed burlap wall art!

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Family Birthday Board

Family Birthday Board

A family birthday board is a gift that serves two purposes.  It is a great way for mom to organize all of the birthdays of family members, and it is a beautiful piece of art.  Each birthday board features the 12 months of the year along with heart or circle shaped tokens.  You or mom can write each family member’s name on a token and place the token on a hook below the appropriate birthday month.

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You cannot go wrong with any of these gifts.  When the gift is opened, the smile will be instant!

 

Mothers Day Gifts-FB 2017

Kidcreate Studio is an art studio just for kids that offers children’s art classes,
camps and art-themed birthday parties for children ages 18 months through 12 years.
Making a mess is the best at Kidcreate!

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Father’s Day Photo Gifts

Ties, golf balls, and “Dad” coffee mugs are all cool Father’s Day Gifts. However, dads love gifts that their kids make.  Yes, the lopsided mug made in art class at school and the popsicle stick picture frame without doubt will bring a smile on dad’s face.  Building on the DIY concept, for this Father’s Day we found some great ideas for unique DIY  gifts for dad that feature creative, yet easy photography.

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1) We Heart Daddy Shadow Picture.  Make a sign or series of signs with cutouts of the words “We (or I) heart (using the heart symbol) Daddy!”  Take a picture of the children holding the signs.  To make this photo a bit different, instead of taking a photo of the actual kids, take a photo of the shadows of the kids holding the sign.  Dad will think this is super cool!  Once you take your photo, use it to make beautiful print.  Print it on 8″ x 10″ or 11″ x 14″ paper and frame it.  Or, use a photo lab to have the photo printed on canvas.

Father's day shadow photo

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Learn how-to here: discountqueens.com

2) Foot Love.  There is something compelling about the little feet and cute little toes of kids.  Why not write “We love you, Dad” on the bottoms of your kids feet and take a photo?

Father's day foot photo

 

 

 

 

 

Learn how-to here: frecklephoto.com

3) “I Love Daddy Because…”  I bet your kids can make a long list of reasons they love their dad.  Pick 4 of these reasons and make signs.  Take pictures of your kids holding one sign at a time.  Combine the 4 photos into one print with the caption:  “I Love Daddy Because…”
father's day message photo

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Learn how-to here: enframephotoblog.com

4) Daddy and Me Photo Book.  Compile several photos and use a photo lab to make a photo book.  Compile random photos or select a theme such as Father’s Day photos throughout the years, sports-themed photos, or photos of your child and dad with funny expressions.

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5) Photo of Generations.    This unique idea involves a picture of granddad holding a picture of dad, holding a picture of your kid.  The result is powerful.
Father's day generations photo
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Photo Credit: Cheezburger

Your kids will love helping to make any of these gifts, and Dad will think it is awesome!

Fathers Day Photo Gifts 2

Kidcreate Studio is an art studio just for kids that offers children’s art classes,
camps and art-themed birthday parties for children ages 18 months through 12 years.
Making a mess is the best at Kidcreate!

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Etsy’s Best Mother’s Day Gifts!

Need Some Mother’s Day Gift Inspiration? Check out These Unique, Handmade Gifts on Etsy!

Whether you are looking for a Mother’s Day gift to give your mom or for a gift for your child to give to grandma, thrill her (that’s right, bring her to tears) with a unique, handmade gift from an Etsy artisan.  Etsy.com is an online marketplace where independent artists sell their unique and often one-of-a-kind creations.  Etsy is a great place to find that special gift for your mom, grandmother, godmother, or friend who is “like a mother.” Since Etsy offers literally millions of products, we curated a few that we know will be instant smile-getters.

Sunshine Bracelets 2Sunshine Bracelets

One artist offers a pair of bracelets hand-stamped with the phrases from the popular song:  “You Are My Sunshine” and “My Only Sunshine.”

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Vegan SoapHandmade Soap

Another artist makes gardenia- scented vegan soap from coconut milk and other organic ingredients.  You mom’s skin will just love it!

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Grandma's House RulesGrandma’s House Rules

Everyone knows that grandma’s house rules are different and more relaxed than mom and dad’s house rules.  This gift lists those rules on a piece of distressed wood, making it clear why kids love spending time at grandma’s house!

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Mom Wall Art 2“Mom” Wall Art

Want to bring tears to your mom’s eyes?  Give her a poem expressing how much you love her, beautifully printed on canvas and wrapped around a sturdy wood frame.

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Family Birthday Board

Family Birthday Board

A family birthday board is a gift that serves two purposes.  It is a great way for mom to organize all of the birthdays of family members, and it is a beautiful piece of art.  Each birthday board features the 12 months of the year along with heart or circle shaped tokens.  You or mom can write each family member’s name on a token and place the token on a hook below the appropriate birthday month.

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Personalized PendantPersonalized Gold Pendant

Moms love personalized jewelry.  This handmade gold necklace features a small disc-shaped charm that is hand-engraved with your mom’s initial.

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You cannot go wrong with any of these gifts.  When the gift is opened, the smile will be instant!

 

Mothers Day Gift Ideas 3

Kidcreate Studio is an art studio just for kids that offers children’s art classes,
camps and art-themed birthday parties for children ages 18 months through 12 years.
Making a mess is the best at Kidcreate!

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Father’s Day Gift Ideas – 2014

Father’s Day is just around the corner! This year, surprise dad with a creative, one-of-a-kind gift that showcases your child’s beautiful art. There are lots of cute artsy gift options available on Etsy and elsewhere on the web. Click here to see our short list of some of the best and cutest!

Another great gift idea . . . make dad’s gift at Kidcreate! Sign your kids up to come to the studio and create dad a Father’s Day keepsake he will cherish for years!

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Upcoming Father’s Day gift making classes at Kidcreate-

Father's Day 18m-6yrsFather’s Day Gift Making Workshop (18 months-6 years)
Friday 6/13, 9:00-10:00

Father’s Day Gift Making Workshop (3-9 years)
Friday 6/13, 10:15-12:15

Father's Day 3-9yrsGet Gooey with Daddy (18 months-6 years)
Saturday 6/14, 9:30-10:15

Father’s Day Gift Ideas

 

One-of-a-Kind Father’s Day Gifts Made from Your Child’s Art!

For an extra special, one-of-a-kind Father’s Day gift, transform your child’s unique artwork into a personalized keepsake! Whether it is a drawing of a tree, a painting of daddy, or crayon rendering of something a little more abstract, it can be used to decorate a variety of gift items. Today’s sophisticated and lightning fast technology allows you to easily scan your child’s masterpiece and send it to a manufacturer who will print it on a variety of products, or who will fashion a keepsake based on the artwork. Here are a few Father’s Day ideas. Links to the retailers that sell these items are at the bottom of the page.

Key chain
How about a key chain designed out of artwork that you child created?  Such key chains can be crafted out of titanium, silver, or reclaimed wood.

Mug
For the on-the-go coffee-drinking dad, a mug with a lid, featuring his son or daughter’s artwork would be an ideal Father’s Day surprise.  Traditional mugs are also available.

Easel Art
Perfect for the office, your child’s art will be beautifully printed on a 6″ x 6″ piece of heavyweight white glass. The glass is then displayed on a little wooden easel.  This compact cuteness is just the right size to sit on an office desk for all to admire.

Cufflinks
For the dad who is a little more formal, but also appreciates a little whimsy– a pair of cufflinks featuring your little one’s art will make a fun and unexpected gift.

Cookies
For the dad with the sweet tooth!  Your child’s drawing on cookies!

Daddy will treasure any one of these thoughtful Father’s Day gifts forever!  (Except for the cookies– he will eat them right away!)

Click on the links below to get to the retailers of these cute products!

Titanium Keychain-  http://www.etsy.com/listing/101882215/your-childs-drawing-on-key-chain-for-dad?ref=shop_home_active

Silver Keychain-  http://www.etsy.com/listing/100835194/fathers-day-your-childs-artwork-made?ref=shop_home_active

Wood Keychain-  http://www.etsy.com/listing/128405972/your-children-art-keychain-mothers-day?ref=shop_home_active

Mug with Lid- http://www.etsy.com/listing/104144203/sale-2-mugs-your-childs-art-on-2?ref=shop_home_feat

Traditional Mug- http://www.etsy.com/listing/112856210/childs-drawing-personalized-coffee-mug?ref=shop_home_active

Easel Art- http://www.etsy.com/listing/129664013/new-your-childs-art-on-glass?ref=shop_home_active

Cufflinks-  http://www.cuffart.com/photo_map_custom_cufflinks.htm

Cookies- http://www.splurgebakery.com/yta.php

Kidcreate Studio is an art studio just for kids that offers children’s art classes,
camps and art-themed birthday parties for children ages 18 months through 12 years.
Making a mess is the best at Kidcreate!

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