My Top 10 Activities for Creative Family Fun

Paint BottlesWinter time feels like the perfect time for families to gather around the kitchen table to make things together by hand. This will encourage creativity and family fun as well as form a great bonding experience, and fosters giggles and smiles and all sorts of good feelings. And it’s high-touch, not high-tech, for that much needed life balance.

Many adults have forgotten the wonderful smell of a new pack of crayons, or the fresh feeling of new clay dough. Don’t miss out on the fun, work and play along WITH your children as you make things together this season.

AR Washi Tape 3My passion for all things handmade started in my own family decades ago, when we made things together for the holidays. So check out my list of FAVORITE art materials for families and get ready for some FUN.

10 Fun Things to Make:

  1. Make Your Own Tambourine – kit for 12 {JINGLEKIT}
  2. Mini Canvases and Easel – set of 6 {POLLOCK}
  3. White Canvas Backpacks – set of 12 {BACKPACK}
  4. Decorate Your Own Puppy – set of 12 {DOXIE}
  5. Decorate Your Own Vehicles – set of 12 {TRAVEL}
  6. Wooden Model Airplanes – set of 12 {JETSET}
  7. Wooden Flower Pot Frames – set of 12 {FLFRM}
  8. Whimsical Trinket Boxes – set of 12 {TRINKBOX}
  9. Super Sand Art Set {SASET}
  10. Colorations® Super Lightweight Air-Dry Putty – colors {CPUTTY }

Unique Paints & Decorations for the Above Crafts:

Colorations® Shimmery Washable Watercolors – set of 5 {ROXY}
Colorations® Glitter Glue – set of 6 {GGST}
Fantastic Foam Stickers – set of 24 {FFOAMS}
Realistic Wiggly Eyes – 300 pieces {EYESONME}
Glittering Craft Rhinestones – 570 pieces {STONES}
Printed Craft Tape – set of 10 rolls {PRINTED}
Colorations® Super Washable Classic Markers – set of 16 {LWMSET}
Colorations® Color Permanent Markers – set of 12 {PERMCLR}
Colorations® Washable Chubbie Primary Markers – set of 8 {SPONGE}
Colorations® Fabric Paint – set of 6 4-oz bottles {FABPAINT}
Colorations® Cup and Tray Tempera Cakes {CUPNTRAY}
Neon Tempera Cakes in a Tray {NEONCAKE}
Original and Flourescent BioColor® Painters – set of 18 {BIOMAR}
Three Sets of Colorations® Chubbie Markers – set of 24 {CHUBBERS}
Colorations® Jumbo Washable Classroom Stamp Pad {BIGSTAMP}
Easy-Grip Seasonal Stampers – set of 14 {EGSS}

* Brought to you by Discount School Supply®

* For more ideas, visit Art and Creativity in Early Childhood Education.

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Top 10 Teachers’ Gifts for the Holidays

The winter holidays get started earlier and earlier these days, and a huge Christmas tree just went up at our local mall, oh my!  Why am I still surprised that holiday seasons seem to have expanded?  I suppose with all the stress of modern living, I might consider it a good thing to stretch out any celebration of positive values and community.  So I’m planning ahead for my own holidays and just purchased a few craft supplies to make some handmade gifts.  I figure one way I can avoid succumbing to the mass materialization of the season, is to continue to promote art and creativity in what I purchase and give away.

Would you like to join me, and promote art and creativity in YOUR classrooms this season?  I just looked though our entire Arts & Crafts Section page by page (that’s 130 pages, a lot of cool stuff) and selected ten things I am sure ANY early childhood teacher would adore.  After all, when children are young, art is the easiest entry portal to ALL learning – and the best way to have FUN as you learn.

Here they are, not in any particular order because they are ALL something special:

MARCRAY – Colorations Markers & Crayons

MARCRAY – Colorations Markers & Crayons

98256 –Colorations Washable Classic Markers Classroom Pack

98256 –Colorations Washable Classic Markers Classroom Pack

GGCLASS – Colorations Glitter Glue Classroom Pack

GGCLASS – Colorations Glitter Glue Classroom Pack

MTRAY - Colorations Mini Art Trays – set of 12

MTRAY – Colorations Mini Art Trays – set of 12

MBIOSET – BioColor Metallics set of 6

MBIOSET – BioColor Metallics set of 6

FSWTSET – Colorations Simply Washable Fluorescent Tempera

FSWTSET – Colorations Simply Washable Fluorescent Tempera

CLRTRI – Colorations Triangular Crayon Classpack, set of 200

CLRTRI – Colorations Triangular Crayon Classpack, set of 200

CPPENCIL – Colorations Colored Pencils set of 240

CPPENCIL – Colorations Colored Pencils set of 240

STAMP – Colorations Jumbo Stamp Pad Classroom Kit

STAMP – Colorations Jumbo Stamp Pad Classroom Kit

COLORKIT – Colorations Colorful Collage Kit

COLORKIT – Colorations Colorful Collage Kit

I still remember when I was a teacher and the challenge of gift giving presented itself.  Before winter break, many of my students and their families gave me loving keepsakes as tokens of their affection, when what I really wished for was something special for my classroom – something that would make everyday learning more fun for me AND for my students.

I hope my list of favorites helps ease your gift giving decisions, and that you’ll join me in celebrating your own creativity this season.  Have fun, and go make something!

What’s on your holiday wish list for the classroom?