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.
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.
Tatterhood and Other Tales edited by Ethel Johnston Phelps
25 international folk tales with spirited females as central characters and positive, pertinent themes.
Amelia and Eleanor Go for a Ride by Pam MuÃ±oz 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.
The Keeping Quilt by Patricia Polacco
Four generations have passed down family history through a quilt in this heartwarming, well-illustrated story.