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Holiday Shopping List 2012

With Thanksgiving a delicious, but increasingly distant memory, the holidays are now upon us! One of my {many} favorite holiday childhood memories is of watching the holiday TV specials—Frosty the Snowman, A Charlie Brown Christmas, and of course Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer. Do you remember Hermey, the elf who runs away from the North Pole because he wants to be a dentist? I like to think that perhaps he isn’t the only one and that there are elves working for Santa who dream of being firefighters, teachers, accountants, and even artists. So with Cyber Monday upon us, I’m stepping into my role as an art-loving elf and sharing some of my gift ideas for 2012.

For the littles (ages 2-4):

It’s nearly impossible to choose just one thing from the Mama May I shop, because everything is so beautiful, simple and well-made. The toys are open-ended, colorful, and inviting. Pair these counting acorns with the color sorting bowls for dramatic play, color recognition, sorting, and counting.

This Charley Harper take on the classic children’s puzzle not only introduces young children to the work of an American modern artist but also spans the breadth of the living world—mammals, insects, fish, amphibian and even a mollusk!

For the big kids (ages 5-8):

Painting has never smelled so good! GLOB’s natural paint set uses fruits, vegetables and spices to add color and scent to your child’s masterpieces.

When a Kiwi Crate arrives in the mail, you’ll be guaranteed hours of fun and exploration. Themed crates are filled with art materials, creativity sparks, science experiments and more. And with a monthly subscription, this is the gift that will keep on giving!

For the biggest kids (ages 9-12):

This isn’t your grandfather’s duct tape! With bright, modern prints and your child’s imagination, the possibilities are endless for what you can make with this Kid Made Modern Duct Tape Kit. I gave this to my nephew for his birthday, and he immediately tore into it with all kinds of ideas for things that suddenly needed tape. (And in a pinch, you can probably borrow a bit to tape up those boxes for the post office).

“Don’t worry about mistakes. Making things out of mistakes, that’s creativity.” Peter Max’s words set the tone for what Make Art Mistakes is all about—doodling, playing, imagining, creating. Quotations from artists mix with sketching and writing prompts, art concepts and mini-art lessons in this creativity sketchbook for budding artists. Pair this with a set of colored pencils and you have a great gift for the kid on the go.

Happy gift-giving!

Posted by: Leah

**All recommendations are purely my own!**

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Friday Photo: Home Sweet Home

Everybody needs a home, even friendly frogs and turtles! After visiting the Reves Collection during Toddler Art, our young friends were inspired to create one Home Sweet Home with the fun materials available in Arturo’s Nest.

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Friday Photo: Springtime in Arturo’s Nest!

Arturo is soaring with excitement about the changes spring has brought to the tree in Arturo’s Nest! Stop by and visit soon to see the branches blooming with soft new leaves, bright colorful flowers, and a beautiful butterfly! You can add, remove, and reposition these soft new features to embellish the tree branches in your own style. Your grown-up can help too! Arturo thanks his friend and local artist Lizzy Wetzel for creating these beautiful felted spring features especially for your playtime in Arturo’s Nest!

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Friday Photo

Toddler Art was Tree-riffic this month! Check out the cute photos below:

Pine cones have funny textures!

These friends are learning how to make leaf rubbings.

This little girl is picking some apples from Arturo's favorite tree.

Leaf piles aren't just for the outdoors!

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In this morning’s Toddler Art class, we looked at paintings of the ocean in the exhibit Coastlines: Images of Land and Sea, tried to hear the ocean in seashells, played with ocean in a bottle, and made textured seascapes. We’re definitely ready for a trip to the beach!

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Making thunder sounds with a thunder tube

On First Tuesday this week, claps of thunder and crashes of waves echoed throughout the Center for Creative Connections as little ones explored sounds of the sea using ocean-inspired musical instruments in the Tech Lab.

Noisy fun for toddlers and their moms

Shake it!

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Friday Photo: Fun in the Nest

There was lots of crawling, climbing, exploring, and playing in today’s Toddler Art class! I led a parade of 15 toddlers (and their parents and strollers) to look at a painting in the galleries. We sang songs, read a story, then marched down to Arturo’s Nest where everyone could have some free play time. I loved watching all the activity–some immediately headed off to the climbing area, some experimented with “super snow,” some practiced using scissors, and some found a cozy corner to look at a book. Everyone was having fun and learning!

Posted by: Leah

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