We’ve hosted countless parties, both in the studio and on location, for every occasion. This past weekend we had the pleasure of creating an animal-themed birthday party for a 7yo. A few weeks prior to the party, we met with the guest of honor to discuss what kinds of projects she was interested in. We learned during this meeting that she loves birds, particularly the Snowy Owl, along with the color turquoise. Based on her interests and some of our suggestions, she narrowed her ideas down to two works of art her guests could make: a Snowy Owl mixed media shadow box and an animal sculpture. We are so happy with the making that happened here.
We love a good podcast. Here's our top five and why we think they're pretty great.
Wow in the World: This podcast is the one that started it all in our house. And it's still our go-to when in the car. Hosted by Mindy Thomas and Guy Raz guide, listeners are taken on a "journey into the wonders of the world around them". It's an exploration of the coolest topics related to technology and science.
Story Pirates: A wildly entertaining series put on by improv comedians from the Upright Citizens Brigade and Groundlings, some of whom have gone on to Saturday Night Live. It's premise is set on stories written by kids and performed by the Story Pirates. It's hilarious and fun, great for road trips or a laugh on the way to school.
Circle Round: Geared for kids ages 4 to 10, Circle Round addresses topics such as kindness, generosity, and persistence through folktales. It's a great one to have on while making dinner or at bedtime.
Awesome with Alison: It's like having your own personal cheerleader in your pocket. Alison's episodes are full of insight into going after your dreams, overcoming anxiety, building mindfulness, making decisions...and she does it with with and humor.
Sounds of the Trail: Created by hikers, this podcast is for everyone. Contributors hike the Appalachian Trail and the Pacific Crest trail and "send back transmissions, updates, and interviews with other hikers...a podcast about the ups, downs, and switchbacks of trail life" (source).
Do you have a favorite podcast? We'd love to hear from you!
Some time ago, probably going on two years, I began looking for ideas to make road trips and plane trips more enjoyable for my then-toddler. After scouring stores, talking with parents and caregivers, exploring Pinterest, and knowing what my kiddo loved, I began to experiment with a travel kit. What came of it is our ever-evolving magic travel box. It's chock full of open-ended activities for your kidlets when you need a break or time to kill sitting on a plane or in a restaurant, at the beach, while camping, in the car... Where will you take it? Where will it take you?
Pics above from Left to Right: that darned "making squares" game; Ooly markers and Walker mesh bag; getting packed up...when packing, the thinner the layers the better; all packed up and ready to close/go! And it fits nicely in a backpack, too.
It's important to note...one needn't run out and buy everything on the above list...they're merely suggestions of our favorite things. It's amazing how much of these things we can gather up around our house. Ziplocks work in a pinch for the carrying pouch. You can make your own puzzle...blog post a few back:-) And if you happen to have extra contents, please consider giving to a family less fortunate. Be kind. Make Art.
Planning on riding in a parade on the 4th? Get in on creating decorations for your bikes and making memories with your family. No bike? No problem. Read on...
What You'll Need:
- Red, White, and Blue Construction Paper
- Blue Painters Tape
- Silver Glitter Pipe Cleaners
- Cut construction paper into 1-1.5" strips, about 12" long.
- With adult help, curl about halfway down each strip of paper using open scissors (optional).
- Using blue tape, attach ends of construction paper to ends of handle bars, leaving the majority of the paper to hang free off the sides.
- Wrap pipe cleaners over tape.
- Always wear a helmut.
And if you don't have a bike, THAT'S OK! Decorating empty paper towel tubes in place of bike handles gives you an instant wand to wave.
We'd love to see your decor! Tag us on Instagram @thearterieartstudio