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Creative Thinking

Articles on arts, creative play, education, and families

Five Easy Ways to Build Family Creativity

Five Easy Ways to Build Family Creativity

Daily routines often keep families too busy to make time for creative pursuits, but one easy way to spark creativity is simply to look at ordinary things in a different way. The following activities are great for awakening the senses and inspiring opportunities for sharing creative activities as a family.

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5 Myths People Believe About Creativity

5 Myths People Believe About Creativity

Myth #1: I’m not creative.  If you’re human, you’re creative. You’ve been growing and learning since the day you were born. You know how to entertain new ideas, travel to places you’ve never visited before, solve problems, and say what you think. Those are basic...

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Art to Soothe the Savage Child

Art to Soothe the Savage Child

When four-and-a half year old Chloe gets cranky, her mother knows exactly what to do – bring out the sand art. “It’s like magic if she’s in a bad mood,” says mom Michelle of Bedford, MA. “It makes her feel better instantly.”

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Sand Art: Adventures in a Child’s Mind

Sand Art: Adventures in a Child’s Mind

Approaching art as a story helps kids open up. Thinking about the animal or main character awakens children’s curiosity, helping them engage with the art on a more personal level. Making up a story enables children to relax and bring their daily experiences, along with their imaginations, into their art.

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A message from Jan

After 24 years of running a hands-on arts & crafts studio, I’ve been involved in thousands of art experiences with children and families. My brain’s creative thinking side sometimes provides me with some inspirational thoughts which I share here with you.