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Bring out your children’s creativity and imagination with more than 60 kids' art activities from the creator of www.ArtfulParent.com.  Art making is a wonderfully fun way for young children to tap into their imagination, deepen their creativity, and explore new materials, all while strengthening their fine motor skills and developing self-confidence. The Artful Parent has Bring out your children’s creativity and imagination with more than 60 kids' art activities from the creator of www.ArtfulParent.com.  Art making is a wonderfully fun way for young children to tap into their imagination, deepen their creativity, and explore new materials, all while strengthening their fine motor skills and developing self-confidence. The Artful Parent has all the tools and information you need to encourage your children’s creativity through art. You’ll learn how to set up an art space, how to talk to children about their artwork, how to choose the best art supplies (without breaking the bank), how to repurpose and organize the piles of art created, and even how to use kids' art activities to soften everyday transitions.  The more than sixty engaging kids' arts and crafts projects included here are accessible and developmentally appropriate for one- to eight-year-olds, and they’re a far cry from the cookie-cutter crafts many of us did in school as kids. From bubble prints to musical chairs art, these kids art activities allow children to explore art materials, techniques, and ideas as they grow more creative every day. With activities for downtimes, action art for releasing energy, and recipes for making your own art materials, this book is your guide for raising an artful family.


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Bring out your children’s creativity and imagination with more than 60 kids' art activities from the creator of www.ArtfulParent.com.  Art making is a wonderfully fun way for young children to tap into their imagination, deepen their creativity, and explore new materials, all while strengthening their fine motor skills and developing self-confidence. The Artful Parent has Bring out your children’s creativity and imagination with more than 60 kids' art activities from the creator of www.ArtfulParent.com.  Art making is a wonderfully fun way for young children to tap into their imagination, deepen their creativity, and explore new materials, all while strengthening their fine motor skills and developing self-confidence. The Artful Parent has all the tools and information you need to encourage your children’s creativity through art. You’ll learn how to set up an art space, how to talk to children about their artwork, how to choose the best art supplies (without breaking the bank), how to repurpose and organize the piles of art created, and even how to use kids' art activities to soften everyday transitions.  The more than sixty engaging kids' arts and crafts projects included here are accessible and developmentally appropriate for one- to eight-year-olds, and they’re a far cry from the cookie-cutter crafts many of us did in school as kids. From bubble prints to musical chairs art, these kids art activities allow children to explore art materials, techniques, and ideas as they grow more creative every day. With activities for downtimes, action art for releasing energy, and recipes for making your own art materials, this book is your guide for raising an artful family.

30 review for The Artful Parent: Simple Ways to Fill Your Family's Life with Art and Creativity--Includes over 60 Art Projects for Children Ages 1 to 8

  1. 5 out of 5

    Kelli

    My children attended a nature preschool and one of the most glaring differences I noticed was that the artwork displayed in the kitchens of others was close to perfect, whereas ours was messy and frequently unrecognizable. One of the teachers at our preschool held an art degree. It was she that explained to me (what this book explains) the value of art as a vehicle of creativity, exploration, discovery and hands-on learning. I have spent time every week of their lives coming up with crafts or ar My children attended a nature preschool and one of the most glaring differences I noticed was that the artwork displayed in the kitchens of others was close to perfect, whereas ours was messy and frequently unrecognizable. One of the teachers at our preschool held an art degree. It was she that explained to me (what this book explains) the value of art as a vehicle of creativity, exploration, discovery and hands-on learning. I have spent time every week of their lives coming up with crafts or art projects for my kids, so I had some concern that this book might offer little to me, especially now that my kids are almost seven and eight. I was wrong!! I love everything about this book, which offers parents a way to connect with their children through art. There are supply lists, instructions, challenges and group activities. There are so many unique ideas. There are pictures of artwork that are beautiful and real. In a world of Pintrest perfect projects, this book speaks to me. I will be heading straight over to Amazon to buy copies of this for myself and a few friends with younger children. What a treasure!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Christina Katz

    The message of this book is win-win-win: encourage your children to express their creativity, become more creatively inspired yourself, and transform the world and the future in the process. From a parent's point of view, this book is a treasure trove of instruction, advice and lessons on helping kids express themselves in a myriad of creative ways. After reading this book, my only wish was that I could become a child again so that I could have a parent who owned this book and followed the sugges The message of this book is win-win-win: encourage your children to express their creativity, become more creatively inspired yourself, and transform the world and the future in the process. From a parent's point of view, this book is a treasure trove of instruction, advice and lessons on helping kids express themselves in a myriad of creative ways. After reading this book, my only wish was that I could become a child again so that I could have a parent who owned this book and followed the suggestions it contains! As a person who has worked with Jean through my writing classes and book proposal coaching, I glimpsed this book way, way back, when it was just a glimmer in Jean's eye. Suffice it to say, however, that the final version of this book blows away any preconceived expectations I may have had of how The Artful Parent would turn out. This book is a masterpiece that blends art and parenting in a way that has never been so thoughtfully achieved. The attention to detail in this book is admirable and inspiring. Hearty thanks to Jean Van't Hul and her dedication and perseverance to the book-creation process. Beautiful books like this are not by chance, they are labors of love. And congrats, as well, to Roost Books for being wise enough to recognize a brilliant author, teacher and parent in Jean, and for doing such a splendid job with the production of this book. I will recommend The Artful Parent to every parent I ever meet.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Zina Harrington

    This book was excellent and beyond inspiring.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Rosalia

    Didn't get to actually try a lot of these yet, but have paged through numerous times. Great ideas and love the art focus of course! Didn't get to actually try a lot of these yet, but have paged through numerous times. Great ideas and love the art focus of course!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Michelle

    Handsomely designed book. I kept borrowing it from the library, and finally decided to just buy a copy!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Denver Public Library

    Van’t Hul provides an excellent resource for parents and educators. This book is full of great craft ideas that could work one-on-one in a home setting or with a group in a preschool classroom or library program. Van’t Hul also provides helpful recommendations for craft supplies and setting up a creative space in one’s home. Her advice about how to talk to children about their art (strive to engage rather than evaluate) is invaluable. My only reservation is that it could be overwhelming for a pa Van’t Hul provides an excellent resource for parents and educators. This book is full of great craft ideas that could work one-on-one in a home setting or with a group in a preschool classroom or library program. Van’t Hul also provides helpful recommendations for craft supplies and setting up a creative space in one’s home. Her advice about how to talk to children about their art (strive to engage rather than evaluate) is invaluable. My only reservation is that it could be overwhelming for a parent who is trying to facilitate art for their child while on a budget. Still, the book provides plenty of ideas that could work for little cost. This is a highly recommended resource. Get The Artful Parent to from the Denver Public Library - Katie

  7. 5 out of 5

    Heather

    As an art teacher and someone who strives to make art a priority in my home, I was very excited to review this book. First, let me tell you a bit about the author and where this book got its start. Jean Van't Hul is a blogger with an obvious passion for art. Her blog has been featured in FamilyFun magazine and her writing has appeared all over the web and in some print work too. Her perspective on art is very refreshing. She approaches art in a friendly, child-focused way that emphasizes process As an art teacher and someone who strives to make art a priority in my home, I was very excited to review this book. First, let me tell you a bit about the author and where this book got its start. Jean Van't Hul is a blogger with an obvious passion for art. Her blog has been featured in FamilyFun magazine and her writing has appeared all over the web and in some print work too. Her perspective on art is very refreshing. She approaches art in a friendly, child-focused way that emphasizes process and inspires the young and young at heart to let loose and invite creativity into every day. I actually love the way she approaches art and her explanations for that position. The Artful Parent: Simple Ways to Fill Your Family's Life With Art & Creativity is a complete overview of resources and ideas for making art available to children. This book includes information on how to select, store and use art tools. You'll also find a few recipes for making some of your own art materials at home. The project ideas listed in the book are pretty basic and non-threatening. If you aren't naturally artistic they shouldn't scare you off since they are simple to set up and, best of all, simple to clean up. My favorite idea in the book was a Color Journal. The purpose of this project is to encourage the artist to express feelings in a constructive way. Since colors mean different things to different people, it also opens up for some self-awareness and promotes open discussion on perspective. One of my children frequently struggles with his emotions and how to express them in a healthy way. I think this activity would be very beneficial for him. I enjoyed the material in the book. If you're artistic (or striving to be), I definitely recommend stopping by her blog and gleaning what you can. Also be sure to sign up for her newsletter. This book will be available April 9th, 2013. You can pre-order it on Amazon for $13.91. I received my free pre-release copy via NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Cathleen

    What a WONDERFUL craft book for kids and the endless supply of homemade art supplies makes this book a MUST have for all families. Thank you for letting us review your book my kids can't wait to start! :-) She also has many references of web sites for children's activities. What can I say I love this book. We home school 9 of our kids and I was always at a lose for art projects. Thank you sooooo much! What a WONDERFUL craft book for kids and the endless supply of homemade art supplies makes this book a MUST have for all families. Thank you for letting us review your book my kids can't wait to start! :-) She also has many references of web sites for children's activities. What can I say I love this book. We home school 9 of our kids and I was always at a lose for art projects. Thank you sooooo much!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Maggie

    There are so many things to love about this book - the beautiful, inviting photography, the practical-yet-not-predictable ideas for materials and projects, the realistic approach to helping children create art, and the helpful resource suggestions. Maybe best of all, this book swayed me more in the direction of leading process-oriented art rather than the usual adult-centric product-oriented creations. We'll be using this book as an art curriculum of sorts for the preschool years. There are so many things to love about this book - the beautiful, inviting photography, the practical-yet-not-predictable ideas for materials and projects, the realistic approach to helping children create art, and the helpful resource suggestions. Maybe best of all, this book swayed me more in the direction of leading process-oriented art rather than the usual adult-centric product-oriented creations. We'll be using this book as an art curriculum of sorts for the preschool years.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Heather Pehnec

    Gives great information about different developmentally appropriate art/craft ideas and ways to incorporate art into daily life.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Marianna

    One of the best books I've seen on creativity with children. The projects are all completely accessible and engaging. One of the best books I've seen on creativity with children. The projects are all completely accessible and engaging.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Maggie Hall

    Helpful ideas for getting kids messy and learning with art projects, great and small. Loved the little projects interspersed with the authors lists of supplies for different aged kids.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Jamie

    Her philosophy of being an artful parent is one we already follow at our house, but there were lots of fun ideas to try!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Margret

    I called my mom when I was at about the half way point and said, "You have to read this book. You did so many of these things." And of course, she had read and already reviewed this book years ago. Also, I am reviewing it a few months after finishing it so I don't have my library copy in front of me for all the quotes I loved. Things I remember: make a space for art both with a location and with your time. It is ok to use planned creativity with more structured projects. The author created a chi I called my mom when I was at about the half way point and said, "You have to read this book. You did so many of these things." And of course, she had read and already reviewed this book years ago. Also, I am reviewing it a few months after finishing it so I don't have my library copy in front of me for all the quotes I loved. Things I remember: make a space for art both with a location and with your time. It is ok to use planned creativity with more structured projects. The author created a children's art group in order to keep herself actively engaged in making time for art. She also recommends having surprise supplies and materials strategically placed every once in awhile on a table or in a window sill or somewhere your child can "accidentally" come across it and engage in spontaneous art. There are many kinds of "artful" including the traditional painting and paper but also expanding into music, dance, language, song, drama, etc. Use what you are passionate about to bring art alive to your children. I loved the project ideas and explanations. I loved how she made art feel within reach of the less "artistic" parent. I hope I can develop an artful home. Not there yet but working towards that vision.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Seema Rao

    Adorable ~ Approachable ~ Pretty tl; dr: Making is easy and essential for young ones. I taught studio programs for many years for a big museum. My own children used exactos at 5, often being my guinea pigs for projects. I admit that I requested this ARC half-expecting to be too jaded to enjoy it. I loved this book. It is simple but not simplistic. It is attractive but not twee. Mostly, it is approachable. Families who live in fear of snow days should grab a copy to have when cabin fever approache Adorable ~ Approachable ~ Pretty tl; dr: Making is easy and essential for young ones. I taught studio programs for many years for a big museum. My own children used exactos at 5, often being my guinea pigs for projects. I admit that I requested this ARC half-expecting to be too jaded to enjoy it. I loved this book. It is simple but not simplistic. It is attractive but not twee. Mostly, it is approachable. Families who live in fear of snow days should grab a copy to have when cabin fever approaches. But, even more, the author's approach shows how "messy" projects can be part of every life. When I taught, I was stunned at how few families paint at home. And, unlike Pinterest, where every project is supposed to be photo-ready and insanely "unique" this book sets everything out simply. Finally, two more selling points: these are art projects, not cookie-cutter crafts and the author makes clean-up part of the story. Overall, fantastic. Thanks to NetGallery for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Claire

    I'm so thankful I came across this book! I don't do crafts... I have found them frustrating with my little boys who really could care less about gluing a specific shape to a specific spot, and honestly, I don't care about that either. This book is not about producing cute things. It is about appreciating the process of creating, the value of children making choices about what to do with the materials given them, and how to appreciate children's art in a meaningful way. Then it adds practical thi I'm so thankful I came across this book! I don't do crafts... I have found them frustrating with my little boys who really could care less about gluing a specific shape to a specific spot, and honestly, I don't care about that either. This book is not about producing cute things. It is about appreciating the process of creating, the value of children making choices about what to do with the materials given them, and how to appreciate children's art in a meaningful way. Then it adds practical things like specific supplies that are good for kids of various ages, and art ideas. I have found this to be personally liberating too: why do I have to do an internet search on everything? Just roll with it, trust my intellect and heart, BE CREATIVE. Appreciate the scribbles and learning process.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Rachel

    Wonderful content about ways to both introduce and include art activities with kids and also ways to approach such activities for grownups and how to talk to kids about their art. As one who prefers structure, the guidance helps to remind me to loosen up and enjoy the process. Mistakes, and messes, are part of the fun. Slowly working our way through the many projects. Often returning to favorites, which is another reminder to me that it doesn’t need to be “new” everyday. Exploring with one mediu Wonderful content about ways to both introduce and include art activities with kids and also ways to approach such activities for grownups and how to talk to kids about their art. As one who prefers structure, the guidance helps to remind me to loosen up and enjoy the process. Mistakes, and messes, are part of the fun. Slowly working our way through the many projects. Often returning to favorites, which is another reminder to me that it doesn’t need to be “new” everyday. Exploring with one medium over and over provides opportunities for growth and mastery, for grownups too.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Traci

    Exactly what I was looking for: art (not craft) activities for children sprinkled with encouragement about why art is important and tips for creating an art-filled environment at home. I thought some of the age suggestions were a little ambitious, but I know all families are different. Can't wait to get going on a lot of these. I checked this book out from the library and may need a copy for reference. Exactly what I was looking for: art (not craft) activities for children sprinkled with encouragement about why art is important and tips for creating an art-filled environment at home. I thought some of the age suggestions were a little ambitious, but I know all families are different. Can't wait to get going on a lot of these. I checked this book out from the library and may need a copy for reference.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Denise

    This book is definitely geared towards younger kids .. and I would have loved this even more when the kids were little. However it still had some good projects and is a great reminder to make our home more full of opportunities to create art.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Melanie

    Brilliant book- so many ideas for a range of children’s ages with a huge variety of tools. My only slight complaint is some of the materials are hard to get hold of or quite pricey. Very inspiring and certainly given me lots of new ideas to try with my toddler and my friends older children too.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Llael

    Definitely inspiring me to make more space and time for art, and see that this doesn't have to take more energy. Already seeing more art happening around here, fun for my kid to browse for things he wants to try. Definitely inspiring me to make more space and time for art, and see that this doesn't have to take more energy. Already seeing more art happening around here, fun for my kid to browse for things he wants to try.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Amy

    A great resource! Very clearly defines the object being *art,* not *crafts.* Great ideas for process art, for giving productive feedback, and setting up independent art stations that even toddlers can use. Will be returning to this one over and over.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Abby

    Van't Hul's book features beautiful photos and fun art/crafting project ideas for you and your young children. The projects could also be fun for an art class or art party. Van't Hul's book features beautiful photos and fun art/crafting project ideas for you and your young children. The projects could also be fun for an art class or art party.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Suzie

    Excellent. Well written and inspired me to do more art with my kids!

  25. 4 out of 5

    Kayleigh Butenschoen

    Amazing! Amazing book!! I have been using it everyday and it is so inspirational! Lots of open ended projects and creative ways to spend time with your little ones.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer Stoy

    I absolutely loved this and now have a list of things I want to get my child for her second birthday so she can do more art!

  27. 5 out of 5

    Becky

    I loved this book! Really great ideas and recipes too for homemade art supplies. It is definitely a book I would add to my collection.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Heather

    Best for the very young child-toddler to 6 years old. My children are past this point, but I didn't know that before I checked it out from the library. Best for the very young child-toddler to 6 years old. My children are past this point, but I didn't know that before I checked it out from the library.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Becky

    This book was full of ideas on bringing art into every day life. I liked how the author acknowledged that being a parent is very busy work but bringing art into your childs life is rewarding choice that takes effort! My main problem is the mess. I don't like the mess art brings and I think I have projected that dislike onto my children ( My 5 yr old gets upset when the colors mix on his paints) unfortunately. I decided to read this book because I know that art IS important and for ideas on how t This book was full of ideas on bringing art into every day life. I liked how the author acknowledged that being a parent is very busy work but bringing art into your childs life is rewarding choice that takes effort! My main problem is the mess. I don't like the mess art brings and I think I have projected that dislike onto my children ( My 5 yr old gets upset when the colors mix on his paints) unfortunately. I decided to read this book because I know that art IS important and for ideas on how to maintain the mess while letting the creativity flow. Part one is "Preparing for Art" and states the importance of planning, encouraging and making space for art as well as specific materials which are helpful to have around the house. Part two is "Artful Activities" for the very young to older children, groups as well as individual projects. How / where to store art and includes over 60 art projects. Some things I found that I specifically want to remember are: Dos & Don't s for Talking about Children's Art Don't say: Do Say: That's pretty Wow, look at all the colors you used! What is it? Will you tell me about your drawing? That looks like a truck That looks like it was fun to paint Color inside the lines I see thin lines over here and thick lines over there (or any sort of criticism) Draw me a pretty picture What would you like to draw today? Nothing. (When in doubt, zip your lips) BUY: liquid water colors & "animal doodles" (cards where it shows how to draw with a dry erase marker) Quiet activity for down time: mini marshmallows and toothpicks

  30. 5 out of 5

    Sarah Fisher

    I picked this book up because it focuses on process art for young children at home. I see a lot of reviewers skimming over the "process art" factor. And that is the reason I gravitated to this book in the first place. So many other resources for young kids focus on projects that kids copy and there's a "right" end result. Process art is more about exploring materials and tools, creating for the fun of creating and is not so focused on the end result. That's the kind of art experience I want to m I picked this book up because it focuses on process art for young children at home. I see a lot of reviewers skimming over the "process art" factor. And that is the reason I gravitated to this book in the first place. So many other resources for young kids focus on projects that kids copy and there's a "right" end result. Process art is more about exploring materials and tools, creating for the fun of creating and is not so focused on the end result. That's the kind of art experience I want to make available to my kid on an everyday basis. I am in the middle of setting up up a dedicated art area and stocking up on age-appropriate supplies for my 21-month-old who is way into art right now. So, it was a good time to pick up this book. There are recommendations how to set up an work area and supplies for specific age groups. I also liked the references in the back for where to buy supplies and other books to read. There are a bunch of specific projects in the book. Most of which aren't age/ability appropriate for my son… so I skimmed through those. I was already destined to be an artful parent… so I can't say how inspirational this book is for those aspiring to introduce more art to their kids. There is some research that says art helps develop important skills that help children learn and succeed in school. But, I'm sure homes that are filled with food, nature, music, etc are also enriching children's lives. So, if art doesn't come naturally, I'm sure there's something else you love that you can share with your child.

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