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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 Paperback – April 9, 2013
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About the Author
Jean Van’t Hul, mother of two, lives with her family in the mountains of western North Carolina. She has been writing about children’s art and creativity on her blog, The Artful Parent, since 2008. A graduate of Wellesley College with a major in art history and studio art, Jean worked in various art and nonprofit fields before devoting her time to writing and raising kids. She loves to share process-oriented art, seasonal crafts, and joyful learning opportunities with her own daughters and through her children’s art groups, her magazine articles, and on her blog. To see what artful adventures her family is up to, visit www.ArtfulParent.com.
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There are also art projects within the book. What I really enjoy about Jean Van't Hul's projects is that from start to end, they are easy to accomplish. If you sift through Pinterest or the endless blogs of fanciful (and complicated) projects, you don't always get what you set out for. The projects are too complicated and end up frustrating the caregiver and the child. The projects that you find in The Artful Parent, as well as Van't Hul's blog and eBooks, are well thought out, easy to execute and keep my child (a boy) interested in doing and learning more.
As a homeschooling mom, I have collected an assortment of art supplies over the years and never really made use of them. The Artful Parent has inspired me to make our resources accessible and find real enjoyment in the process. Wonderful!
Also, I was a children's librarian before I started staying home with my girls, so the feature from Caldecott winner Susan Marie Swanson (plus all the other features) was an extra fun surprise.
The milky fireworks and plaster treasure keeper were particular hits. Our only flop is that we've never gotten the bubble prints to actually make prints, but we'll keep experimenting!