Contentment is defined as a state of happiness or satisfaction. That ought to be easy, right? Life is mostly good in these parts. In all honesty I am blessed beyond belief. kids, husband, family, friends, home, vacation. Life truly is good.
I blab constantly to my amazing, yet sometimes spoiled kids, about how great their lives are and how they should be more grateful, more content. Easier said than done.
Don’t we all have memories of blowing bubbles as a kid? It’s a classic kid activity. I also have some pretty sweet mom memories of blowing bubbles when my kids were just square, chubby toddlers. This bubble recipe takes blowing bubbles to the next level.
These bubbles, though, they’re big. Making them isn’t passive. This bubble recipe results in a whole body activity that calls for standing, moving, and playing! It’s just as tempting to adults as it is for kiddos. It’s just the kind of fun summertime ordered.
Teaching art should be fun. It should be easy because there is no right answer. Sometimes I think that’s the part that trips us grown ups up. No right answer. How do we know when we’re done, if we did it right, if it’s good? Check out this list of art books to help you teach art to you kiddo and maybe make some art yourself; even if you don’t consider yourself an artist!
As a homeschool mom I’m responsible for teaching my kids every subject. (I know it sounds crazy, but we love it!) For me teaching the visual arts is the icing on the cake. In another lifetime I was an elementary art teacher and the need to “make” still runs strong in me.
We aren’t big on elaborate gifts for holidays like Mother’s Day and Father’s day here at our house. We try to make it a special day which mostly involves scheming on the kids part and handmade gifts. These fathers day free printables are a simple way for your child to make a special keepsake gift.
When my husband and I met we were young; the first day of our first year of college. There was never anyone else after that day. It’s been “us” ever since.
We joke about what percentage of relationships that began the first day of college and are still going almost twenty years later.
Paint scrape art doesn’t take much in the way of materials. This process can be as basic or sophisticated as you want it to. That means that anyone from toddlers to adults can take part in this fun process art activity.
My kids love to collect old hotel room key cards, used up gift cards, expired AAA cards, and the like. Honestly, I’m not sure they ever use them beyond a few minutes of pretend “store” play. When it came time for this project I knew we had a stack of credit cards that could be used!
I didn’t always consider myself to be an “artist.” Although I get great joy from making things I’ve never felt like I had reached “real artist” status. I’m not a suffering artist or a starving artist. My artwork doesn’t have much of an underlying societal or intellectual meaning. But I do like making my world and the world of those around me a little more pleasant, a little more beautiful. Let these artist quotes encourage each of you to embrace creativity in whatever form suits you!
I liked art class in grade school and high school. I was neat and good at following directions, which was basically what it takes to succeed at “art” in the school setting. What I love about these artist quotes is they inspire us to go beyond the following of directions; beyond the making of a “craft.” These artist quotes are there to encourage that little spark of an artist inside of you to take a risk and make something today!
Homeschool mamas have a lot of things on their “to teach” list. It’s easy to let the extras, like home school art, slide because they seem, well, less than necessary.
I could wax on and provide research that says that the arts are both necessary and beneficial. But, I’m guessing you pretty much already guessed that. And mostly, the arts are a great way to have fun with your kids!
The principles of design can be a little abstract which can make them tricky to introduce to kids. But once kids understand that these principles are just tools that artists use it all falls into place.
When I say tools I don’t mean a specific medium or a type paintbrush. In this case tools is more akin to “tricks.” How an artist gets a viewer to look at a certain spot or gets the viewers eyes to move across an entire work of art is the “trick” in this case. Many artists do this instinctively and without naming the process. But knowledge is power. Knowing the terminology and reasoning behind these principles is a good place to start in an art education!