March is Women’s History Month and National Craft Month

[ 0 ] March 5, 2013 |

In honor of craft month (+ beyond), I challenge Kidoinfo readers (and myself) to make art a part of every day–art-making or appreciation needn’t be elaborate. Jason of Rag and Bone Bindery demonstrated with his Robot Pancakes that even breakfast provides a creative opportunity. In this age of technology and multiple screens occupying more or our daily lives–both kids and adults–we may miss out on sharpening our creative lens and developing tactile skills by making things with our hands. Inspiring our kids to appreciate and value handmade things is a gift we can share by modeling–making art oursleves–and allowing our children the space to create/be messy/experience art.


tips + ideas:

  • Gather up and organize all the craft supplies into one space. I adore this creative space pictured above.
  • Make a visual calendar: Mark down 1 creative thing you make or see each day. Share during dinner.
  • Craft adventure: Plan a trip to a craft store. Take a trip to a museum. Host a crafternoon.
  • Check Kidoinfo archives for DIY projects.
  • Peruse Pinterest for some more cool craft ideas.

In honor of women’s history month, visit the library for some inspirational books about women. Make your own history by recording the stories of women in your family–mother, grandmother, aunt, sister.

book suggestions:

51CWM9S5ECL._SL500_SS500_Scholastic Encyclopedia of Women in the United States by Sheila Keenan
Meet more than 200 notable women from the 1500s to today.
Grades 4 and up.

Women Who Dared by Valjean McLenighan
Biographies of six women who found adventure and satisfaction in unusual accomplishments make exciting reading.
Grades 4—8.

Tatterhood and Other Tales edited by Ethel Johnston Phelps
25 international folk tales with spirited females as central characters and positive, pertinent themes.
Grades 1—6

9780590960755_xlgAmelia and Eleanor Go for a Ride by Pam Muñoz Ryan. Illustrated by Brian Selznick.
This picture book celebrates the pioneering spirit of two friends whose passion for life gave them the courage to defy convention in the name of fulfillment, conviction, and fun.
Ages 6-9

The Keeping Quilt by Patricia Polacco
Four generations have passed down family history through a quilt in this heartwarming, well-illustrated story.
Preschool-Grade 3


Category: art, crafts, family matters, high school age, kids, preschool, teens (13 +), tweens

Anisa Raoof

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Anisa Raoof is the publisher of She combines being a mom with her experience as an artist, designer, psych researcher and former co-director of the Providence Craft Show to create the go-to spot for families in Rhode Island and beyond. She loves using social media to connect parents with family-related businesses and services and promoting ways for parents to engage offline with their kids. Anisa believes in the power of working together and loves to find ways to collaborate with others. An online enthusiast, still likes to unplug often by reading books and magazines, drawing, learning to knit, making pop-up books with her two sons and listening to records with her husband.

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