Archives for October 2012

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 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?