Research shows that creativity is not necessarily an inborn talent, but rather a skill; and one that parents can help their children develop. Being a creative myself, I hope to foster creativity in my children as they grow. I know that it is a key component to happiness, success, and social & emotional intelligence, so it’s very important that I practice creative development in our home.
The first step in doing that is providing the resources for creative expression. When it comes to gift giving, I love to give “creative” gifts to the children in our family. Today I’ve gathered up some of this year’s most fun & creative gifts that are topping the lists!
Crayola® Color Alive would be perfect for the kid that is into technology and animation. You can design your own characters and bring them to life using the mannequin in an animated video. How fun is that?
These are all great gifts to give children to help inspire their creative side. Of course, a good old coloring book and box of crayons is a great starting place too. How do you inspire creativity in your children?
This Father’s Day, let’s celebrate Dad with gifts made from the heart! Although we chose projects that are easy for children to make, these are really cool gifts that we think Dad will treasure and use for years to come.
How adorable is this googly-eyed octopus? Hand tracings and pinky prints make this underwater scene super easy and super cute! Complete the painted canvas with a water-themed photograph – like an aquarium visit, a beach vacation or a scuba diving trip.
Get those images out of your phone and put them on coasters! It’s easy to transfer pictures to this 4-piece coaster set that is available at Michaels stores. Whether they are teeing off, hitting a home run or just doing cute kid activities, preserve those precious moments on coasters that Dad will use every day.
The perfect Father’s Day gift from toddlers to teens! Just place paint on your children’s palms and press them onto a T-shirt. Use a dark shirt like we’ve shown here or choose a lighter shirt and pastel colored paints.
I adore Valentine’s Day! Red and pink hearts, chocolate temptations and Valentine’s Day cards make me smile. It’s also the perfect time to show a sweetheart, family and friends how much you love them. And what better way to show your love than with a delicious treat you make yourself? Whether you are a novice or have some baking experience, here are seven sweet Valentine’s Day confections to inspire you.
Stylish and sophisticated, this cake is as fancy as anything you’ll find at a bakery. Cut into the cake to reveal the real drama – multicolor tiers and a tiny heart design baked inside the bottom layer.
[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SISCvp7SiAU&w=700&h=394] Watch how easy it is to make these oh-so-charming heart cookies! This free online class takes you through all the steps, including making the dough, cutting out shapes and using a pastry bag to create these colorful icing designs. To see how to decorate the three Valentine’s Day cookies above, skip to minute 39:30 of the 43-minute video.
I don’t know about you, but the holidays snuck up on me quite quickly! It seems like we went from pumpkins and turkey to glittered tinsel and Old Saint Nick in the blink of an eye. When it comes to gift giving, I fall into the “it’s the thought that matters” camp. This is mostly because A.) I’m a DIY’er at heart and I pride myself upon my creativity; B.) the holidays can get expensive! and C.) nothing means more than a gift that was made specifically for you by hand. Am I right? Thankfully, Martha Stewart understands people like me and you. She knows that handmade gifts are the best gifts for any person on your list. That’s why Martha Stewart Crafts® has released a DIY Gift Guide to help you out this holiday season.
Featuring gifts for the Fashionista, the Sports Fan, the Gardener, the Decorator and the Entertainer, this DIY Gift Guide has something for each and every person on your list.
It takes a special type of person to be a teacher. Not only are they guiding and inspiring your little one day in and day out, but they’re also dealing with not one but SEVERAL little angels and monsters for at least 8 hours a day. Needless to say, as quick thank you has never been more deserved.
As the end of the school year quickly approaches, (already?!), it’s time to start thinking about ways to show your child’s teacher appreciation for all that they do. We’ve rounded up 5 creative teacher appreciation gifts that you can make in a snap!
The funny thing about Mothers is the evolution of your relationship with them. As you grow from child to teen, you seem to grow ever so slightly apart. And, as a young adult, visiting Mom tends to take a back seat to fun times with friends. But when you start to transition into a responsible adult, you realize how invaluable your Mother is and how you’d never had made it to that point without her undying love and support. And then when you turn 30 you find yourself calling her for advice and family recipes and asking her if she wants to hang out on Sunday. Hi Mom!
As Mother’s Day approaches, kiddos everywhere are handcrafting little tokens of love for their moms. We’ve got 5 DIY gifts that any mother would love and cherish. The best part is that they’re much more useful than just decoration for your refrigerator door.
1. Awesome Mom Mug
Moms aren’t moms without their morning coffee, right? Make her a sweet mug to remind her of your love every morning.
2. We Love Mom Frame
Make a fun chalk frame to hold memories and mom selfies.
3. Spa Gift Jars
Mix mom’s favorite fragrance into relaxing bath salts and treat her to 2 quiet “spa day” hours to enjoy.
4. Phone Easel
This tiny easel is adorable and perfect for holding mom’s smartphone while she watches episodes of her favorite primetime drama.
5. Lace Clay Pots
Even if you can’t keep a cactus alive, I know you can make these delicate lace pots for your mother. It’s easy!
So whether you’re a Dad, Aunt, Uncle or Grandparent, gather up the kids to make one of these fun crafts for Mom on her special day. We’d love to see what you’re crafting! Share it with us on Facebook!