Summer To-Do List!

Summer To-Do List!

Great Ideas for Your Families
Summer Bucket List!

Looking for some fun ways to keep your kids busy this summer? Here’s a couple hundred great ones! Check out the Summer Bucket Lists we pinned in our This Summer’s To-Do List board on pinterest!

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Father’s Day Photo Gifts

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.

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?

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…”

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.

.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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Art and Academic Achievement.

Art and Academic Achievement.

  Studies Show Art is Smart!

It has long been established that children benefit from creating art.  Art helps build confidence in children, helps children learn to solve problems, and helps children develop communication skills.  So why have many school districts across the country cut back on art education curricula and emphasized the traditional 3 “Rs”- reading, writing and ‘rithmetic, or  STEM-related curricula?  Limited budgets require schools to make hard choices and there is no question that reading, writing, math, science and technology-related programs are important. But what about art you ask? Can art help my child become a better student? That answer is YES! There are several studies that have shown that art education has a measurable positive impact on academics. Here are a few.

1) Art and the ACT Test.  The ACT is one the most important determinants of what college students will attend.  A few points could make a difference in a student ending up at a first-choice school or a “back up” school.  According to a 2011-2012 study by the West Virginia Department of Education on art participation and education, students with more art credits performed better on the ACT than students with fewer art credits.

2) Art and Attention.  Success in the performing arts requires practice, practice, practice.  It also requires the ability to pay attention to detail and discern nuances in a performance. In 2008, the Dana Consortium published a report on art and cognition.  The report concluded that people with training in the performing arts are motivated to have sustained attention to that particular art form.  That ability to attend leads to cognitive improvements in other areas of life, including academics.

Click here to go to the Dana Consortium article “Arts and Cognition Monograph: Summary”.

3) Art and the 3 “Rs”.   A 2002 report published by the Arts Education Partnership culled information from 62 studies that looked at participation in various types of arts and academic achievement. Put together, these studies suggest that art education positively impacts basic academic achievement, particularly for low-income students.

In the May 2002 USA Today article “Study: Arts education has academic effect”, The Arts Education Partnership asserts that different art forms benefit students in different ways. The visual arts “improve content and organization of writing; promote sophisticated reading skills and interpretation of text, reasoning about scientific images and reading readiness.” Pursuing a combination of art forms including drama, music, and visual arts “helps with reading, verbal and math skills; improves the ability to collaborate and higher-order thinking skills.”

Click here to go to the USA Today article about The Arts Education Partnership Report.

4) Art and Problematic Behavior.   A 2010 report compiled by the Missouri Department of Education and the Missouri Alliance for Arts Education found that the more students are involved in art, the less like they are to present disciplinary problems. For example, those involved in art were more likely to go to all classes, not just art classes and ultimately graduate.

 

Art is smart! These and other studies and reports show that art education should not be marginalized, but should be an integral part of a well-balanced core curriculum from the earliest ages through high school.

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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!

Make a Difference, While Making a Great Living!

Open a Kidcreate Studio and use the power of art to positively influence the lives of children.

Click here to learn more about franchise opportunities with Kidcreate Studio.

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Are You Creative?

Are You Creative?

Creativity is the ability to look at the world in a unique, nontraditional way.  It is being different.  Everyone is creative.  However, not all of us believes that we are creative as we think that creativity must be a complex thing.  Others believe that creativity takes training or practice.  Still others believe that some are born with it, while others are not.  Not true.

The way you respond to the world is the way you show your personal creativity.  In fact, your answers to a series of simple questions will show you just how creative you are.  And, I promise . . you are creative.

  1. What would happen if the sky was not blue?
  2. If your pet could talk like people, what is the first thing it would say to you?
  3. What would happen if parents had to attend school with their kids each day?
  4. What would happen if there was no such thing as email, texting, or online chatting?
  5. What would happen if flowers grew in the snow?
  6. What would happen if salads were made out of candy?
  7. What would happen if bunnies had long necks like giraffes?
  8. What would happen if you got up in the middle of class and started to dance?
  9. What would happen if oil and water did mix?
  10. What would happen if black was white and white was black?
  11. What would happen if yesterday was today?
  12. What would happen if there were “do overs”?
  13. What would happen if you did not dot your “i’s” and cross your “t’s”?
  14. What would happen if the boogey man was real and was not scary?
  15. What would happen if you could take a ride on a cloud?

So now that you know that you are creative, consider delving deeper into your creative mind.  Do this by trying something new.  Is there an activity that has always intrigued you, but you never tried?  Or, consider doing your favorite activity in a slightly different way.  These changes do not have to be great.  They can be little alterations in the way you do things, or slightly different paths to arrive at a familiar place.   You will be surprised as to what you learn about yourself and the fun you will have on this road to self-discovery.

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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!

Make a Difference, While Making a Great Living!

Open a Kidcreate Studio and use the power of art to positively influence the lives of children.

Click here to learn more about franchise opportunities with Kidcreate Studio.

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Etsy’s Best Mother’s Day Gifts!

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

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!

Mom’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 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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“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

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!

 

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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!

Make a Difference, While Making a Great Living!

Open a Kidcreate Studio and use the power of art to positively influence the lives of children.

Click here to learn more about franchise opportunities with Kidcreate Studio.

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How to Talk to Kids About Art

How to Talk to Kids About Art

 

Little 3-year-old Suzy just completed her latest painting. She used different paint colors to draw a series of squiggly lines going in every direction on her paper. “Ta dah!” She squealed. Mommy and Daddy promptly gasped in excitement and exclaimed, “this one is even more beautiful than the last one!” A family hug ensued. The painting was then added to the mini-gallery full of Suzy’s artwork.

In addition to building your child’s self-confidence by complimenting his or her artwork, each time your child completes a piece of work, take the opportunity to have a conversation about the art piece. For example, if you are unsure what the art represents– is it a cat or is it a tree– just ask. Ask if the art piece has a title like the art your child observed during a recent trip to a local museum or gallery. Ask your little artist why she chose to use those particular colors. In addition to saying that the piece is beautiful, go into more detail about what was done well. “The lines are so straight!” “The sun is in just the right spot in the sky.” And let your child know that it is clear just how hard he or she worked on the piece.

Have similar conversations with your child when you go on trips to the museum, or when you look at the art in books. Ask about particular aspects of a piece such as the colors used, the direction of the brush strokes or the media used.

When you ask questions about art, your child will begin to focus on different aspects of art and think critically about it. Ultimately, your child will develop a deeper appreciation of art and the skill and thinking that goes into each piece.

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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!

Make a Difference, While Making a Great Living!

Open a Kidcreate Studio and use the power of art to positively influence the lives of children.

Click here to learn more about franchise opportunities with Kidcreate Studio.

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