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Whether playing outside in nature, playing games, or playing with experiments, these activities will engage children’s curiosities and promote creative and critical thinking…mindsets that support children as they grow into a world that values independent thinking.

Rhode Island Summers


Rhode Island Summers

My husband’s parents have a house in Westerly. We’ve spent every summer there since my oldest daughter was born. I love it there for so many reasons, but the biggest reason of all is the time my kids get to spend with their grandparents, cousins, aunts and uncles. It’s a week where they don’t fight with each other because they are too busy running into the ocean waves with their cousins, or playing massive games of whiffle ball, or scheming about how to get one more morning of donuts for breakfast. On cloudy days we go to the water slides in Misquamicut, on rainy days we go bowling and out to our fave pizza place. Mystic Seaport is half an hour away…a place where you can go back in time and make candles, or visit the aquarium and see the cutest sea lions.

A walk down the beach brings us to the best climbing rocks, and a walk across the parking lot gets us to the big pond where the water is still like glass, and warm. If the boat is working, we can go tubing, or just park it in the middle of the pond and jump off the sides. Watch Hill is a 15 minute drive. We go here sometimes for a little shopping, to check out the beautiful homes (Taylor Swift’s place is pretty amazing), and to visit their favorite candy shop. The Ocean House just got rated one of the top five hotels in the country. Someday I want to spend a night there!

Rhode Island holds years of memories for all of us. My oldest said to me on this last trip that she loves it so much she never wants to go on any other vacation ever again. Only Rhode Island. It feels like home, she said.

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xo Bar

 

Art for Littles


Art for Littles

Good morning! Today I am sharing yet another killer collection of simple art & play ideas for your little ones.

From top left: Spin art sun catchers from Meri Cherry // Rainbow color mixing from Simple as That // Credit card art from Housing a Forest // Hole punch art by Learn with Play at Home // Monster blow paintings from Raising Sparks // Styrofoam sculptures from The Artful Parent // Play with fabric scraps from Paint on the Ceiling // Easy weave bracelets by Willow Day // Clothespin caterpillars from Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom // Scrap paper collage from Art Bar // Watercolor art from Blog Me Mom // Kandinsky egg carton art from Whatever

Have a great week! xo, Bar

 

Art For Littles + A Brilliant Pinterest Board


Art For Littles + A Brilliant Pinterest Board

For the past month I’ve really been wanting to write a new series that focuses on art for the toddler/preschool age. Since my youngest is seven, we have grown out of that stage. I remember those days “in the trenches” with such a mix of happiness and weariness. We did explore art, but I wish I had known about the world of blogs because I could have used some fresh ideas!

So here’s the funny thing that happened while I was working on this draft. I was asked by a blogger, whom I really admire, if I wanted to be part of a group of moms who write about art projects for their little kids. How amazing and serendipitous, right?! Of course I said yes!! They call themselves the Rockin’ Art Moms… and now I am one, too. Yee-haw! We have a collaborative Pinterest board that you MUST follow this instant. It is a place where you can find all of the best art projects for your little ones (and bigger ones, too).

The above collage is a mix of some really super creative sensory/play/process art ideas to do with your littlest artists. Included are some Rockin’ Art Mom ideas, but I will also continue to share more of their ideas with you on a monthly basis. I hope this new series will be helpful and inspiring!

From top left: Making sculptures with a wire basket from Stephanie at Two-daloo // Watercolor heart doilies from Jean at The Artful Parent // Scissor exercises from Jackie at Happy Hooligans // People playdough mats {free printable} from Kate at Picklebums // Nature shadow boxes from Deborah at Teach Preschool // Shaving cream bathtub paint from Trisha at momdot // Magazine art from guest blogger Deborah on Classic Play // Marbled milk paper from Ana at Babble Dabble Do // Recycled box community from Meri at Meri Cherry // Paint blot art from Jeanette at Artchoo // Citrus printing from Sarah at Lil Sugar // Marshmallow shooter from Laura at Come Together Kids

12 Rockin' Art Moms unite to create a collaborative board providing you with awesome art projects for kids. We believe in the power of creativity as a necessary part of kids' lives. Rock on!

And now to introduce all of the Rockin’ Art Moms:

Ana from Babble Dabble Do

Meri from Meri Cherry (thank you for inviting me!!)

Jeanette from Artchoo and Tiny Rotten Peanuts

Melissa from Green Owl Art

Suja from Blog Me Mom

Kristen from Art History Mom

Gina from Willowday

Asia from Fun At Home With Kids

Stephanie from Two-daloo

Chelsey from Buggy and Buddy

Leslie from Pink Stripey Socks

I’m very excited to be able to learn from these 11 cool ladies, and to share their projects with you on a monthly basis. Rock on!!

xo, Bar

 

The Super Swing


The Super Swing

About 40 feet up in the trees hangs our super swing. When we first tossed that rope around the oak branch it was 13 years ago, and we attached a baby swing. The kids spent years in that swing. Some liked to go high, others were scared. Eventually they all outgrew the baby swing, and so we switched it out for a buoy. Now that they are older (and more daring), they launch themselves off of the swing set and fly so high that their feet touch the house! It’s absolutely frightening to watch. We now make them wear helmets.

At my son’s birthday party last month, after the treasure hunt was over (in record time), the boys automatically formed a line by the super swing. I just love these photos. They capture the experience perfectly. There is a magic about that swing. It’s like a flying trapeze. You wait your turn, you get your running push, and they you fly through the air….weightless and free.

I love the look of joy on their little faces! These photos were snapped (before I remembered to put on their helmets) by my talented friend Alix Martinez. Check out her website and you will be blown away…she is a true artist.

Enjoy your week!

xo Bar

 

 

Summer List 2013


Summer List 2013

Happy 4th of July! At this moment, we are somewhere exploring the island of Martha’s Vineyard. I will report back later in the month. In the meantime, here our summer list (better late than never I always say):

1. bake giant chocolate chip cookies / 2. make mini storage / 3. sombrilla beach tent / 4. rhode island beaches / 5.  make coconut milk strawberry ice-cream / 6. outdoor movie / 7. find beach cliffs / 8. paint rocks / 9. make paper machè animals / 10. make perler bead bracelets / 11. teach my son to ride a bike / 12. make sponge balls / 13. make the best salsa ever / 14. play pool basketball / 15. visit a farm / 16. paint silhouettes / 17. read aloud to the kids / 18. Martha’s Vineyard lighthouse

Come visit my Pinterest summer list board for more ideas!

xo Bar