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Entries in children's art (26)


sending valentine's mail

Last week was such a whirlwind that I didn't get a chance to post these.  We got these great little mailboxes from from the beloved Dollar Spot section at Target.  Avery and Nate spent a ton of time drawing tiny valentines to go in their mailboxes. My favorite in Avery's collection is the one that says "Par Avion."


this year's valentine's kit

It's becoming a tradition to put together a Valentine's crafting kit for Avery and Nate.  This year's ensemble includes colored hearts, patterned hearts, round labels, scraps left over from other Valentine's cards we're making this year, small rectangular pieces of card stock, pieces of patterened wrapping paper, double-sided adhesive squares, twine, cotton ribbon from Angela Liguori's Studio Carta, washi tape and scissors with different decorative edges.

They've used the kit almost every day since I gave it to them.  I leave the kit out among their toys and it's a great open-ended way for them to craft and make art a few times a day, whenever they want to.  Nate is getting to practice his scissor skills.  Sometimes it's quiet and Avery and Nate are each doing their own thing, working on their own ideas, and sometimes they collaborate.  It provides opportunities for Nate to ask Avery for help, and for Avery to explain and demonstrate how to do something, so it's not just fun--it's practice in language, learning, being independent (and also depending on each other) and social experiences (getting along, negotiating, etc.).

Thanks to The Land of Nod for sending us suitcases for our kit!  Love how versatile these little suitcases are, and how they really do help organize, which is important when you have kids with a million things to keep track of and put away!


milk and cookies, and a giant book

A giant book to go with our milk and cookies on Honest to Nod today.  Thanks to Nod for sending us this beautiful book!



Chopsticks, written by Amy Krouse Rosenthal and illustrated by Scott Magoon, is a fun and endearing story about a pair of chopsticks who are the best of friends that do everything together.  After something happens, the chopsticks get separated and each decides to venture out on its own.  They have wonderful new experiences, but in the end, realize that things are always better when done together.

Thanks to The Land of Nod for sending us this book


the odd one out

"Elegant penguins stand around in a huddle. All black and white, they are easy to muddle! One has a secret stowed under its wing. Who is protecting a little fledgling?" Just as its name implies, Britta Teckentrup's latest book is a delightful visual exercise in finding "the odd one out." With its brilliant design, playful patterns and clever text, The Odd One Out will be enjoyed by adults as much as children.