Artists in residence: Giuseppe Arcimboldo and you

The following is by contributor Robin Zipporah of The Not-Ever-Still Life.

Last week I introduced this new series, Artists in Residence. Are you excited to begin an earnest conversation with your kids about art? Let’s go.

Meet artist Giuseppe Arcimboldo.

May I present you two of his paintings:

Photo by Wikipedia
Spring, 1573, Musee de Louvre, Paris.

Photo by Wikipedia
Vertumnus, 1590-91, Skokloster Castle, Sweden.

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31 days of unplugged play: newspaper hats

Written by Kara Fleck, Simple Kids editor and Rockin’ Granola mama.

Today’s unplugged play idea is to make newspaper hats.  (Or construction paper or newsprint or even junk mail taped together into large sheets – use what you have on hand, no pressure and no “right” or “wrong” okay?).

Make hats for your kids, make hats for yourself, make smaller hats for the dolls and stuffed animals if the mood strikes.  Decorate them fancy with glitter and glue and feathers, or leave them simple.  

So, how do you make a newspaper hat?

Follow along and my kids and I will show you!
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Weekend links

See that little girlie above?  She”s an apple thief!  Picture a whole bowl full of apples with teeny tiny bites out of them, ha ha!

Are you as excited for Robin”s upcoming Artists in Residence series as I am?  Well, hang on to your creative hats, because she”s got a post coming up for you this Wednesday here on SimpleKids.net and it is going to be a fun one.

Have a wonderful weekend, everyone!  Save your Sunday paper and we”ll use it for tomorrow”s Unplugged Play activity. And those of you in the wake of Sandy, stay safe, okay?

31 days of unplugged play: Knock! Knock!

We’re a little off course with the 31 Days of Unplugged Play series, but I promise you that I will get all 31 posts up to share with you.  It may take me a few days into November, but I figured most of you probably don’t mind.

Today’s unplugged play idea is a super simple one:  make your kids laugh.  Tell knock knock jokes!

Knock-Knock joke, pun, or ooga-booga, I love the sound of my children laughing. A good day is a day that is full of giggles and silliness, don’t you agree? 

Because I know that we all love giggling with our kids, I’m sharing a few of our favorite jokes with you:

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Birthday goodie bags plus a Kid Made Modern block party kit giveaway!

Written by Kara Fleck, Simple Kids editor and Rockin’ Granola mama.

I mentioned in yesterday’s post that we had a Birthday Block Party for my soon-to-be eleven year old last weekend.  (Eleven!  Isn’t that just crazy? Double ones!)

We had some friends over to paint and create and we had a really good time.  One of the things I loved about this party was that instead of bringing something to our house, our friends got to leave with something – the blocks that they had painted.

We also gave each guest a little goodie bag as a thank you for coming.  We used simple brown paper lunch bags that we decorated with patterned tape.  Super easy and low-fuss!

Inside each bag we included:

It was a fun day, one of our best parties, and also one of the easiest to coordinate and host.   Building the party around the Block Party kit made it so easy for everything else to fall into place.  Intentionally having it be a “messy” party meant  no one was worried about making a mess because that was why we were gathered, to make a mess and celebrate.  Don’t you just love it when things like that happen?

Speaking of the Block Party Kit, I’ve got some fun news …

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