Joey from Made by Joey is with us today to share some great tips on encouraging independent explorations with your children. In an age where more and more of children’s play is based on following instructions, it is important to provide your child with lots of opportunities to lead their own play with independent exploration. One thing that I loved doing for my kids when they were between 3-9 years old was to put together…

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Nuria from the The Adventures Archive is here today to share some great advice on nurturing creativity within the young makers in our lives. Kids are born creative geniuses. But unfortunately, by the time they reach the third or fourth grade, their creativity has sunk. With intelligence, there is a phenomenon called the Flynn effect: each generation, scores go up about 10 points because enriched environments make kids smarter. With creativity, a reverse trend has…

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Nuria from the The Adventures Archive is here today to share some great advice on giving our children honest and useful feedback. By now we all know how crucial it is to foster our children’s creativity. Painting, cooking, dancing, playing an instrument…whatever their activity choice if we want to ignite their creative spark it is important to learn the best way to constructively criticize their work. Criticism shouldn’t be avoided. It is, after all, a…

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Joey from Made by Joey is with us today to share a bit of inspiration for the whole family… I recently completed the Playful Learning “The Art of Parenting” e-course where we discussed manifestos.  Manifestos are often used in inspirational artwork; they can also be described as “inspirational or motivational quotes” or “words to live by”.  One of my favorite quotes is: “Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.” ~ Theodore…

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Randi from Swoon is with us today to share some easy and fun springtime masks for the little bunnies in our lives.   The transition from winter to spring is a gorgeous one. The world around us is filled with beauty and the promise of new life. My children have been dying to spot a mama duck with a nice family of chicks in tow (no luck yet), and we’ve been finding all sorts of…

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