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Make It Your Own ๐Ÿ  Creative activities for kids

Smelly Felts (#mrsketch) were a childhood favourite and our kids still love them (inevitably someone always has marker under their noses! ๐Ÿ˜‰) We have been so happy to be invited to 90โ€™s week by our host Amanda from @barleyandbirch! Be sure to check out all the other #90sinspired ideas from our friends (weโ€™ll be sharing them in our stories too): 1) Amanda from @barleyandbirch 2) Shannon from @ohcreativeday 3)Cara from @raising.kinley 4) Shelly from @creatingcreatives 5) Laura and Tia from @littlebuttondiaries 6) Joanna from @thebluebarn 7) Maggy from @redtedart 8) Ana from @babbledabbledo 9) Sian from @teach.investigate.play and 10) Lisa from @theartgardenblog and tag your ideas with #dudethe90s! ๐Ÿ’š๐Ÿงก๐Ÿ’™

Happy Thanksgiving weekend to our fellow Canadian friends! โค๏ธ We have had a lovely weekend with the cousins, playing in the leaves and eating pumpkin pie! How about you? Did you get together with family and friends to express gratitude and celebrate the harvest of the season? (Our stuffing tonight has the last of our carrots from our garden!) Make these POPPY PLACE CARD HOLDERS for a special Fall dinner or a Remembrance Day ceremony.

We are looking forward to traveling back in time for some playful 90s creating this October 15-19th with our friends @barleyandbirch, @raising.kinley, @creatingcreatives, @theartgardenblog, @teach.investigate.play, @babbledabbledo, @littlebuttondiaries, @thebluebarn & @redtedart! We are working on a costume (inspired by one of my favourite birthday gifts to give as a girl in the 80s and 90s- my kids still love to give to their friends) and would love to hear your memories of the 90s! ๐Ÿ’—

A bit of Halloween fun: Turn a painted pumpkin into a fishbowl! ๐Ÿ  ๐ŸŸ

*GIVEAWAY NOW CLOSED* Iโ€™m so excited about this GIVEAWAY as we have several sets of these beautiful, detailed shadow puppets from @adventureinabox! We have used them with groups of children and the response has been amazing, with them asking to use them again! ๐Ÿ˜ Liska has graciously agreed to an International giveaway of one (1) set of your choice of her puppets (as you can tell she has various themes, pop by her website to see them all). To enter, simply follow @adventureinabox and ourselves and leave a comment below. For an additional entry, tag a friend in the comments. *Please note that this giveaway is open to people 18 years of age and above and will end on September 25th at 11:59 p.m. where the winner will be contacted by DM. This one recipient will be chosen at random and the giveaway itself is in no way associated or sponsored by Instagram.* Best of luck! ๐Ÿ–ค

Did you have a good weekend? Jump into Fall with this easy, up-cycled PUMPKIN GARLAND! (Wouldnโ€™t these look lovely in a classroom with a whole variety of different shapes and sizes of pumpkins?!) ๐Ÿงก

After a summer of rock collecting and some inspiring sunflowers in our neighbourhood, we were inspired to create this ROCK SUNFLOWER puzzle! ๐Ÿ’› We included our favourite resource for rock painting in case you want to paint rocks too- it details the best supplies for various types of creative projects and you can see examples of the authorโ€™s work @colormadehappy!

With a heavy heart, I ask you to help a fellow creative and friend. Arielle of @artcampla tragically lost her husband and the father of her girls last week. This is such a caring community that many of us are rallying to help her family as they move through this very difficult time, particularly as Arielle is self-employed. I have attached the details on the second page to her Go Fund Me Page (as set up by @hellowonderful_co) for donations and will also put the info. in our profile. I understand that is not always possible, but if you could pop over to her page and like and share any items in your stories, that too would help. Thank you and love to you Arielle. ๐Ÿ’• ๐Ÿ“ท: @artcampla

Create these woven poppies with simple materials for a beautiful effect!

Fall Tree & Peg Doll Family: I had to get two of the cloches as I hope my daughter will now make us one of these as I love it so much! (This one is for Grandma and Grandpa ๐Ÿคซ๐Ÿ˜‰)

Have you spotted any changing leaves in the area that you live in? Where we live in Canada, we have started to see a few yellow ones so far! This activity uses loose parts to create a Fall tree! Have you used loose parts in your home or classroom? Iโ€™d love to hear more about how! ๐Ÿƒ ๐Ÿ ๐Ÿ‚ (And I just noticed that our friends at @coachescornerey have some Fall classes about Loose Parts in the Toronto area if you live out that way!)

Sometimes when it comes to creativity with children it is hard to know where to start. What I have enjoyed about IG is connecting and appreciating the many ideas that people have and hearing their journeys as to how they came to the creative space that they now inhabit with their children at home, in a studio or educational setting. We all start somewhere and that place can give others inspiration. Recently, I really enjoyed reading @mielaerkerasmussenโ€™s new book Raising Creativity (you can see the link at the top of her profile if youโ€™d like to read it too) of creative ideas to do with your children and her most insightful journey as to how her family got to that space and its benefits for her kids, her and their family as a whole. I just loved it! ๐Ÿ’›

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