Ice Age Art

During the Ice Age, cave artists used their fingers or materials from nature such as twigs, moss and brushes made from animal hairs to put paint onto cave walls.The paintings were made deep within caves. The curves and shapes of the cave walls were used to paint animals. Flickering lights created an illusion so that …

Silly Summer Silliness

Lazy summer days! Relax from all the seriousness of school and homework. In the introduction to the book The Art of Silliness: A Creativity Book for Everyone Carla Sonheim says that she is not really a very silly person. She is actually a pretty serious person. She writes, "But "serious" does not equal "solemn", and I …

Cherry Blossom Madness

The Cherry Blossom season has arrived. A month later than last year! To watch the trees bloom, dressing our garden in magnificent shades of pink is wonderful. We filled some coloured papers with blossoms. Some art activities are better suited to the outdoors. And sometimes it is nice to display the work in the garden.  …

Maybe ( ) Together |What is Love?

A lovely stop-motion animation by Jackie Edwards using drawings made by children. "Love is a kind thing to do!" "Love is something very powerful!" "Love is something beautiful!" "I think love is important!" What is love? Maybe ( ) Together | What is love? from Performing Lines on Vimeo.  

Daffodils Dancing in the Wind – Biomimicry for Young Children

The poem "I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud" or Daffodils was composed in 1804, two years after Wordsworth saw the flowers while walking by Ullswater. It was a stormy day and the inspiration for the poem came from a description of the event written by his sister Dorothy. Through our curious biomimicry lens we were …

Impressive LEGO Sculptures that Explores the Magic of the Natural World

Be inspired by Lego and nature! Beautiful LEGO: Wild! by Mike Doyle is a book brimming with inspiration! While many of the projects collected from artists around the world may require hundreds or even thousands of Legos, this book is a treasure trove that explores natural wonders from undersea landscapes to a family of sea …

Give Me Love

A sticker room! Sticker food! A field of giant pumpkins? How much would you pay for this? A dollar or two thousand billions dollars. . . Young art critics when they are at their very best - charming, provocative and spot-on! Yayoi Kusama's exhibition in New York Give Me Love through the eyes of some …

Dandelion Magic – Fly Away With Your Ideas

  Pale little dandelion, in her white shroud, Heareth the angel-breeze call from the cloud. Tiny plumes fluttering, make no delay, Little winged dandelion, soareth away. From "The Little Dandelion" by Helen Barron Bostwick. Children's knowledge of nature is dwindling. Although this in itself is sad, it is even more alarming is that children are …

A Smarter Planet is a Happy Planet

Colourful eye candy to inspire you to test some paper crafting. The duo Lucie Thomas and Thibault Zimmermann of Zim & Zou create some of the most eye-catching paper illustrations around. The two French designers focus mostly on handcrafted objects made from materials like paper, thread, wood, and leather for one-of-a-kind window displays, editorial illustrations, …

Let it Snow!

There is just something magical about the first snow and many animals love to play in the snow. Let animals  inspire you to make a painting using recycled and natural materials. Use the scene to tell a story. Invent some characters and make drawings of animals and insert in the painting. Imagine a rabbit playing …

Shimmering Natural Gems

Imagine decorating your house with baubles made out of wood. If you only paint bits of the wood, you can still admire the beautiful tree-ring patterns. Write a Christmassy message on the baubles and give them away to friends and family. You can also write the year or your name on the baubles. Materials Wooden …

Super Senses and Art

Creativity - the skill to devise new solutions that has value - is considered as a teachable skill. Once regarded as the work of genius, the focus is now on understanding what conditions that encourage creativity. A tightly controlled classroom or home environment is the reality for many children. It is easier to structure a …

Re-Invent Drawing

Delightful inspiration! How do you draw? How do you use  crayons and pencils? And could you re-imagine drawing? The National Gallery of Victoria, Australia, with the help of Italian design duo Erika Zorzi and Matteo Sangalli of Mathery Studio, challenges everything that we normally link to drawing. And it is done in the most exciting, creative …

Invent an Artwork

Artists love to break patterns and invent something new that no one has seen before. You can inspire your child to invent new art forms by teaching him to ask questions and providing him with inspiration. A simple way to think dive into how to invent a new type of drawing is to look at …

Saturday Thinkibility Inspiration – Children's Drawings

Children's drawings provides a window into their  imagination (and to their overall cognitive and social development). They create weird, strange, colourful and beautiful creatures never seen before.Many of these creations end up on the walls, fridges and  work spaces. Children's drawing makes "the world appear brighter and sunnier" says toymaker Mariken Tetteroo from Tootoys. Mariken …

Saturday Thinkibility Inspiration – Cardboard

I found the blog The Card­board Col­lec­tive yesterday and I am in love. The blog is written Amber Dohrenwend from the suburbs of Tokyo. Creative and filled with inspiration for cardboard projects. Cardboard is a wonderful material and a visit to the, The Card­board Col­lec­tive, will spark your imagination. There are also tips about sustainable building and …

Visual Thinking Strategies

Children will naturally explore what they find interesting. And they love looking and watching things. Yet children's sharp observation skills are rarely used in education, where abstract thinking without visual support is regarded as a valuable skill. Yet children can often observe and detect aspects and ideas in pictures that may be difficult in a …

Saturday Thinkibility Inspiration – Invitation to Draw

Invitation to Draw! Colouring books come in many different styles, themes, and sizes. Some are simple while other are elaborated and complicated. Colouring in pages that someone else created may increase attention and promote the development of fine motor skills. Trying to stay within the lines is not easy and requires coordination. But it is …

Made to Play

  Joel Henriques is an artist and designer. He has devoted time to make art and craft meaningful regardless of skill level or age. Together with his children, he has created the most stunning toys, games, and paper crafts. Exercise fine motor skills and dive into a world where anything is possible – almost. Joel …

Music Practise

Joyful and Effective Perfect practise makes perfect! But how can we help our children to practise their musical instrument in the best possible manner? To train fingers to play a piece, many correct repetitions must be made. If many of the child’s repetitions involve the wrong actions, it does not improve the skills. The old …

Perfect Pitch

  In Tune, Maybe Questions about perfect pitch are bound to appear if you have a child who loves playing certain musical instrument.  Playing the violin is different from playing many other instruments, for example, the piano. A child learning to play the violin has to make her own notes, preferable in tune. On the …