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    The Artful Parent - Kids Art, Holiday Crafts, & Creative Activities

    Kids art activities, holiday crafts, and creative family activities from The Artful Parent blog ( I share ideas, information, and inspiration to encourage you to enjoy and share art with the kids in your life (whether in your home or your classroom). - EASY and FUN kids arts and crafts - Unique art Ideas as well as Tried-and-True Favorites - Hundreds of Kids Art Activities to keep your family happily creating and learning day after day

    The Artful Parent - Kids Art, Holiday Crafts, & Creative Activities

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    DIY lace hearts to use as ornaments or magnets. These clay hearts are printed with doilies for a beautiful lace texture effect. Fun for kids or adults.

    Lace Hearts :: Clay Ornaments and Magnets

    The Best Kids Science Experiments to Try at Home - the easy yet super fun ones! Find your Maine science summer camp at

    The Best Kids Science Experiments to Try at Home

    Microwave Puffy Paint Collage

    Microwave Puffy Paint

    How to make faux stained glass Valentine's with black glue. Love these scribble art hearts!

    Faux Stained Glass Valentines with Black Glue

    A lesson in mixing colors for kids, using the Color Dance book as inspiration, and giving paint mixing suggestions for children of different ages.

    A Lesson in Mixing Colors for Kids (While Making Heart Art)

    The benefits of art for kids are many and include problem-solving abilities, creativity, literacy, fine & gross motor skills, connection, and understanding.

    The Benefits of Art for Kids

    Some creative playdough ideas for kids, including making fantastical creatures, using poke-ins, trying playdough mats, forming letters, and pretend play.

    15+ Creative Playdough Ideas for Kids

    How to make melted crayon stained glass hearts with kids

    Melted Crayon Stained Glass Hearts for Valentines Day

    Why Art is Important to Families - Creativity, Connection, Communication and More!

    Why Is Art Important to Families?

    Display Kids Art with Custom-Made Collage Posters that Showcase their Best Pieces

    Display Kids Art on a Poster (+ Giveaway)

    10 Invitations to Create for Children - Simple and enticing art set-ups that encourage creativity (and keep the kids engaged!)

    10 Invitations to Create Art

    A tutorial for tape resist paintings, plus fun ideas for variations on this simple kids' art activity.

    Tape Resist Paintings for Kids

    Beautiful Thankful Quote by Elizabeth Gilbert... (Plus a post about this past year and the year ahead on The Artful Parent)

    Looking Back and Looking Forward

    15 Favorite New Art Activities for Kids (The Artful Parent)

    Favorite New Art Activities for Kids

    The Best Kids Arts and Crafts Activities

    The Artful Parent Best of 2015

    Artful Gifts - Ideas combining books with arts and crafts supplies

    Artful Gifts and a Book Giveaway

    How to Make a 3D Cardboard Christmas Tree

    A Christmas Tree Craft with Cardboard and Buttons

    A yearlong photography program for parents who want to ROCK their family photos

    A Year to Your Best Family Photo Memories

    LEFTOVR CANDY CANES!nmake your own candy cane lollipops with miniature candy canes and chocolate chips.

    Make Your Own Candy Cane Lollipops

    Get Canvas Prints Made of Your Photos - This is a wonderful way to display favorite photos and they also make great gifts!

    Make Canvas Prints from Photos

    101 Handmade Gift Ideas Kids and Families can Make

    Handmade Gift Ideas Kids and Families can Make

    12+ Sticker Art Projects for Kids

    13 Sticker Art Projects for Kids

    What to do When Your Child Hates Art. How to encourage creativity in other ways. And how to make art more appealing to reluctant artists.

    What To Do When Your Child Doesn't Like Art

    Review of one of our favorite wordless picture books for children plus a list of others. Wordless picture books are fun for prereaders and readers alike.

    6 Wordless Picture Books for Children

    6 DIY Kids Art Kits to make as gifts

    Kids Art Kits :: 6 DIY Gifts to Inspire Creativity