Family Fun for April–Flowers

Family Fun for April–Flowers

I know most of you who live outside the Midwest probably are tired of my comments about our long record-breaking winter. But I can’t help myself. As the snow in my yard slowly melts (and I hear rumors of flurries in the forecast), I’m dreaming of spring flowers. So, just to cheer myself up, here … Continue reading

Write Some April Jokes!

Write Some April Jokes!

April is coming, with time for silliness. Somehow the total foolishness of April Fools’ Day feels exactly right after the long dark winter. You might want to check last year’s April Family Fun post for links to silly experiments, amazing fake foods, or clown make up. Or maybe this year you’d like to write some … Continue reading

What’s Creativity in Your World?

What’s Creativity in Your World?

What does creativity look like? What makes individuals creative? What might hold them back? Interestingly, your answers to those questions may be different, depending on where you live. In one recent study* researchers surveyed teachers in China, Germany, and Japan to find out how they envisioned creativity, whether they thought creativity could be exhibited in … Continue reading

How Do We Measure Winter?

How Do We Measure Winter?

It has been quite a winter in Michigan, and across the central and eastern United States. Newscasters are having fun describing the many ways in which this winter has been exceptional. This, of course, brings to mind the question, “How do you measure winter?” I know it is an odd question to consider at the … Continue reading

A Throne with a Message–or Two

A Throne with a Message–or Two

I’m lucky enough to live within an easy drive of the Detroit Institute of Arts. When my husband and I have a (rare) free afternoon, we love to visit its galleries. Today we visited a one-piece exhibition called Balance of Power: Throne for an African Prince. The throne is a masterpiece in wood, carved around … Continue reading

Creative Labeling

Creative Labeling

Creativity and problem solving can be found in the most unexpected places. Have you ever looked at the nutrition labels on cereal or ketchup and thought about their design? I hadn’t, until I listed to an interview with Burkey Belser, the man who designed them. Because new nutrition labels are in the works, he is … Continue reading

Mighty Creative Girls

Mighty Creative Girls

As Women’s History Month, March is the perfect time to think about girls. At the website A Mighty Girl, they do that all year long. Now, A Mighty Girl is clearly a commercial website—and don’t do commercial endorsements here—but if you want to find resources to teach young girls about creative women past and present, … Continue reading