Creativity and Julia Child

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August 15, Julia Child would have celebrated her 100th birthday-- Happy Birthday to her! Her legacy, teaching us how to cook French food and enjoy the dining experience, lives on in her cookbooks, her memoir, and at the Smithsonian. Yes, Child donated her entire kitchen to the Smithsonian. "Learn how to cook-- try new recipes, learn from your mistakes, be fearless, and … [Read more...]

Do You Love I Spy Books? How to Make Your Own!

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Do your kids love the I Spy books by Jean Marzollo and Walter Wick? Try making your own I Spy book pages as a fun art and writing activity. To do this you'll gather props, take pictures, and work on the computer. We choose to make I Spy pages with colors. Gather props around your own theme. Then, arrange the objects close together. The photographer, Walter Wick, uses … [Read more...]

Bubble Writing (Lettering) Motivates Kids to Write (Mostly)

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Are you finding it challenging to get your kids to write? Because me, too! Sigh. So my latest idea to motivate my kids (and yours) is lettering. Lettering First of all, lettering is making letters fancy, silly, scary, poofy, etc. We found tons of lettering ideas in the book, How to Be the Best Bubblewriter in the World Ever - from monster letters (below) to caveman … [Read more...]

Writing Idea: Say It, Play It, Write It

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Grab a stuffed animal, tell a story, pretend play the story, then write it down! It's the best way to get young writers writing fluently because once they've said and played the story, they're primed to write it . . . already knowing what they want to say. SAY IT So, pick a favorite stuffed animal or several. Make up a story with your plush toy. Use your props … [Read more...]

How to Spark Your Own Creativity (in Parenting and Life)

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The Alphabet Glue e-magazine reminds me that surrounding myself with creativity makes me better -- a better parent, artist, writer. When I see ideas on Pinterest, they often spark other ideas. Or, when I'm talking to my husband about the seed of an idea, the two of us get something more amazing. Or, when I'm reading a creative literacy-themed magazine like Alphabet Glue, it … [Read more...]

Eraser Stories Motivate Beginning Writers

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You know those cute little erasers that are so popular right now? Well, use them to inspire a story idea! All ages will have fun with this writing idea, especially beginning and reluctant writers. (Photos from the Imagination Soup writing workshop today.) I found packets of erasers like these for $1 at Michaels. Writing Lesson: Beginning, Middle, End Read only the … [Read more...]

Art and Writing Project: When Mom or Dad Has Cancer

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Art helps kids express feelings. For many children, it's easier to draw an emotion than label it and talk about it. Certainly this is true for young children who may not know the feelings words yet. In fact, art therapy is used for grief, loss, learning disabilities, emotional issues, mental disorders, abuse, cancer, and divorce, among other ways. I'm not an art … [Read more...]