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Chalk Photography Magic

Chalk Photography Magic

Even in Michigan, there are hints of spring. While we can’t guarantee we’re snow-free yet, the dirty snow heaps are gone and I can begin to see buds on the trees. For many of you, spring break may be right around the corner. Here’s an idea for some family fun or art-lesson magic for your … Continue reading

Bratz to Bold: Thanks, Make!

Bratz to Bold: Thanks, Make!

I wasn’t allowed to have Barbie dolls as a child. My mother—ahead of her time, for sure—objected to doll’s the unnatural proportions. She did not want anything in our house giving the message that her daughters needed to look like something other than a normal human female. One night, hearing a banging, I found her … Continue reading

Gratitude: Annually, at Least

Gratitude: Annually, at Least

In the United States, it is almost time for Thanksgiving, our national celebration of gratitude and food. Two years ago at this time our household was recovering from a fire–nothing huge, but enough to fill the house with smoke and our lives with chaos for weeks. It reminded us of the many things we take … Continue reading

Dinovember: Let’s Have Fun Again!

Dinovember: Let’s Have Fun Again!

As soon as Halloween is past, it is time for Dinovember! Dinovember started in 2012, when Refe and Susan Tuma spent the month convincing their children that their plastic dinosaurs came to life at night, just for the month of November. Their photographs are glorious. Dinovember became a media sensation in 2013, leading to a … Continue reading

Dot and Cardboard Celebrations

Dot and Cardboard Celebrations

This is the time of year for celebrations of creativity that may not show up on traditional calendars: Dot Day and the Global Cardboard Challenge. I’ve written about both before (Dot Day, Cardboard Challenge), but if you haven’t had a chance to celebrate yet it doesn’t hurt to have a reminder. I’m grateful for the … Continue reading

Gone Fishing, Once Again

Gone Fishing, Once Again

Once more this year, I’m taking a break from blogging for part of the summer, this time from mid-July until early August. While I’m not doing anything nearly as exciting as last year’s trip to China,  I still hope to return in a few weeks with adventures and insights to share. After all, creativity requires … Continue reading

Camp Google

Camp Google

I was going to start my blog vacation today, but I couldn’t resist one more post to share this: Camp Google. How’s this for problem finding? Camp Google is a free online camp, focused on children ages 7-10–and it starts July 13.  While activities (obviously) start online, they are designed to get kids up and … Continue reading

LEGOs, Rube Goldberg, and Science Fun

LEGOs, Rube Goldberg, and Science Fun

I’ve always loved Rube Goldberg machines. So when I discovered a book designed to help make “Chain Reaction” machines out of LEGOs, I jumped at the chance. Together with a 10-year-old friend, we built the first contraption in just a few minutes. It looked almost identical to the photo at the left, and was made … Continue reading

SCAMPER Slide the City

SCAMPER Slide the City

How did those of you in the U.S. celebrate the 4th of July? I spent the afternoon going down a 600-foot slip ‘n slide, courtesy of Slide the City Ann Arbor. Despite the long lines, it was glorious fun. It also gave me plenty of time to contemplate the creativity involved in building such a … Continue reading

Interstellar Cinderella

Interstellar Cinderella

What happens when Cinderella goes high tech? Interstellar Cinderella, of course! In Deborah Underwood’s delightful new book, Cinderella loves fixing rocket engines, assisted by her robotic mouse Murgatroyd. Though her stepmother tries to keep her from the Royal Space Parade, you know that won’t stop her. Cinderella fixes the prince’s broken rocket and attends the … Continue reading