Archives for May 2011

Weekend Link Love and Art, Not Craft Giveaway Winners

The winners of the Art Not Craft giveaway are:

  1. Rachel “I like being surprised by what my child creates and hearing the words he uses to explain what he has created. What I don’t like is getting so excited about providing a creative outlet or experience, taking the time to set it up, and then having him lose interest after 30 seconds.”
  2. Adina“I love watching my daughter figure out how to create something. I dislike that she compares her work to mine and gets discouraged. This book looks really great!”
  3. Sarah “I like watching them have fun and tell stores about what they are creating. I don’t like it so much when the project is done too quickly because I can’t always think of something else for them to do.”

Congratulations! Be watching your email for further details.

If you didn’t win, but would still like to get your hands on a copy of this ebook, you can purchase a copy of Art not Craft: The Process of Learning Creatively and use the coupon code KIDS for $3 off until the end of May.

Let’s Talk: Spring Cold and Flu Season, How Do You Keep Your Family Healthy?

The following post is by editor Kara Fleck.

Just a quick post today, as three quarters of my household is down and out with a Spring cold.  Is it just me, or does it seem like many folks are suffering during this Spring cold season?

This year, the households of my friends and family seem to be getting hit with Spring’s colds almost as often as the rainclouds pass by.  In the interest of keeping our families healthy, I thought I would share a few of my favorite resources for cold and flu season and then open up the comments and invite you to share, too.

At our house, it seems like we pretty much follow the rest, chicken soup, and vitamin C approach to treating a Spring cold.  We bring out the “Rainy Day Box” and occupy ourselves with things like puzzle books, Mad Libs, and Brain Quest cards in between naps, while we rest on the sofa.

I stress the importance of hand washing and do a bit of extra cleaning,  hoping to disinfect our household of germs so that we can get better faster.

Usually, waiting it out is the name of the game, but as a mother I like to feel like I’m taking a proactive stance against illness, too.

Here are a few of my favorite resources for cold and flu season:

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eBook Review – Art not Craft: The Process of Learning Creatively (and a giveaway, too!)

The following review is by contributor Catherine Way of Adventures With Kids.

Have you ever wished you had some new ideas for art experiences beyond playdough, drawing with crayons and painting on an easel?

Do you ever wish art wasn’t so messy and time consuming?

Have you ever wondered how to motivate your young child to get involved in art experiences?

This giveaway has now closed.  The winner will be announced soon.

The ebook – Art not Craft: The Process of Learning Creatively – can help with all these questions and more. The book, written by parenting blogger and early childhood educator, Christie Burnett of Childhood 101, is full of ideas to inspire you to look at, talk about and make art with your child.

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