Make Comics! is run by the Providence Comics Consortium, a group founded by educator/comic enthusiasts Walker Mettling and Andrew Oesch. Sessions held at library program rooms take place two afternoons per week, two hours per session. As a former art student and crafty mom, I was impressed by all facets of the classes: the obvious planning, the materials offered, the instruction of using panels for storytelling, inking and using details such as facial expression to succinctly convey emotion; there was even a healthy snack! To close the session our instructor Walker presented each child with a bound anthology of student work from both sessions, assembled with great care.
Category: things to do
Looking for something to do with your kids during this holiday vacation? Here’s the Kidoinfo Top 12 List of things to do – many are Free and Cheap. Check the Kidoinfo calendar and blog for even more ideas.
1. Play with toys. Pick one from our Top 10 Favorite Toys for Kids. (Free / Cheap)
2. Host a crafternoon. Have kids (and parent) bring a shoebox filled with stickers, magazines, ribbons, rubber stamps, glue sticks and scissors. (Crafty ideas: Make books, paper bead necklaces, collage bookmarks, puppets, treasure box, and more.) (Free / Cheap)
The totally fun blog They Draw & Cook is now a book!
If you like to draw and cook, you are probably familiar with this international site of cookies, carrots, and quirk. Much snugglier than a screen, the sturdy book version features illustrated recipes (107 of them) from cook-artists who live all over the world. As on the blog, each cook-artist has a distinct style—some pages look like favorite children’s book illustrations, others more like beautifully designed packaging; some are silly, some are graceful, others are bizarre—to clue you in to the mood of the dish.
Girls Rock! Rhode Island is pleased to present the Women Who Rock Coloring Book! The book celebrates a variety of female musicians, from those who paved the way to the ladies who are influencing today’s vibrant music scene. An eclectic mix of performers are represented in its pages, including Cyndi Lauper, Patti Smith, Nina Simone, Yoko Ono, Joan Jett, Esperanza Spaulding and many more. This first edition features 22 original works of art by local artists, who donated their time and their art.
It’s a windy but sunny day in early fall, and my son and I slowly approach the gigantic spider web climbing net at Tuckertown Park in South Kingstown. My three year old is the tentative sort, and the conversation goes something like this:
“Come on, Devin. Let’s climb the spider web!”
“No, no, Mommy. I too little.”
“Nah, you’re not too little. You can do it.”
“I too scared, Mommy.”
“What are you scared of?”
“I scared I gonna fall.”
Sometimes as parents, we are granted wonderful moments of true clarity. For me, one such moment came after an afternoon walk with my daughters. Our walk led to the discovery of an abundant supply of tiny pinecones at the end of our street, which immediately needed to be gathered, stowed in the back of a tricycle, and brought home to make pinecone soup. With nothing else on my calendar, no where else to be but right here, I carried pinecones and tiny dishes and sat down to share in the meal. It was delicious…
2 nights of Holiday cheer. Different location each night.
Spread warmth and merriment during one of the coldest times of the year. Join us as we joyfully carol through Providence’s West Side and East Side neighborhoods.
Kidoinfo is looking forward to partnering again this year, inviting families to carol through historic streets in Providence’s Armory District on Sunday, December 18th and leading a similar caroling event in the Summit Neighborhood on the East Side on Wednesday, December 21st!
Everyone is invited to this free event, regardless of religious or non-religious beliefs.
Geek Dad shared what he thinks are the 5 best toys of all time on Wired recently. He lists items—things many of us may overlook as toys—that he feels no kid should be without. “All five should fit easily within any budget, and are appropriate for a wide age range so you get the most play out of each one.”
We agree these are wonderful play things and in fact have written about all of them before on Kidoinfo. We also love gadgets and gizmos but realize kids do not need all the bells and whistles in order to play and have fun. We are adding 5 more items to the list making it the Kidoinfo Top 10 Toys for Kids. No batteries needed for the toys listed, just some free time and a little bit of imagination. Assembly optional, not required.
My boys and I adore Brian Selznick’s award winning book The Invention of Hugo Cabret. Not your typical children’s book, the story is told through a series of wordless pencil illustrations alternated by pictureless pages of text. Each section so captivating you are pulled through the story at a breathtaking pace in order to discover hidden secrets and how the characters connect in the end. Woven into the story is the history of film, paying tribute to the esteemed silent filmmaker, George Méliès .
I like to make things; I always have. Through the years, my skills have grown, which certainly makes giving a handmade gift easier. But I sought to give handmade gifts long before I could sew or knit. I think back to student Christmases, or the years I worked for a non-profit, when my budget fell far short of my gift-giving list. I framed my own photographs to give to family. I baked homemade bread and packaged it with delicious organic butter. I made fudge. I worked, in other words, with the talents I had.