Tag: art for kids

Making mail magical again. Real mail. Remember that?

No more pretending the Anthropologie catalog is a special delivery–kids deserve their own mailbox surprises. So I’m happy to have found a fun new service that combines original art and stories with good, old-fashioned stamps. Abe’s Peanut is an original venture by two sisters who loved sending postcards as kids. Bringing together professional artists and storytellers, they create a different story each month told through four postcards. It’s not cheap, but it is a super birthday gift, considering your child will receive a hand-addressed, gorgeously designed postcard about once a week.  And there are no batteries, no disks, no...

Read More

Art, meet alphabet

Instead of yet another poster for your kids’ rooms, I’m kind of digging this take on abc art, from Toronto Etsy shop, bookhou at home. The laser-etched birch plywood of this wooden alphabet would be so cool in a nursery or playroom. And I love the typewriter font on everything, this included. If your kids are outgrowing the alphabet (say it isn’t so!) poke around the shop for lots of loveliness. And a few more reasons to dig Toronto. -Liz Find the wooden alphabet and more for the home online at bookhou at...

Read More

Turn your kid’s doodles from art to artifact

There’s a box on top of my fridge overflowing with punk-rock ponies, witches on broomsticks, and smiley-faced dolphins, each one representing a special stage in my daughter’s artistic development. They’re amazing in two dimensions. Can you imagine how incredible they’d be in 3D? If your kid has a favorite doodle, we’ve found a way to make that dream come true. Stuff Your Doodles is a sweet little enterprise by artist LucyMoose, who uses imagination, recycled fabric, and thread to turn drawings into heirlooms. You send her your child’s favorite doodle, and she translates it into a beautiful, hand-made stuffed...

Read More

The Doodle Roll unrolls before your kids unravel

My handbag is sort of a Mom’s Swiss Army Knife. Need a Band-Aid? Got it. Hungry? I’ve got some mints in here somewhere. But when we get stuck waiting somewhere and the kids are threatening to mutiny out of sheer boredom, it turns out that drawing on the back of old receipts isn’t all that much fun. Enter a cool new coloring kit that all three of my kids can use at once, doesn’t take up more room than my wallet and stays neat and easy to reach when the doctor’s office is running 45 minutes behind. {keep reading...

Read More

Pop art for tots

If you know kidrobot, then you know its team of artists create masterpieces of culture. Lots of words have been used to describe the appeal, and I love all of them: quirky, pop-art, Warholesque, cartoonish, comical….the list goes on. There are even a few of their toys on display at MOCA in NY. Well, now it’s your child’s turn. My kids dig Dunny, kidrobot’s creature (monster? robot? animal?) that absolutely takes on a life of its own once the artist gets her hands on it. Now there’s also Munny, Dunny’s friend with smaller ears. With some markers and a...

Read More

Butt Art that isn’t raunchy, promise

As all parents know, kids laugh at the word “butt.” There is something very funny about a word that is used constantly as a conjunction, a sometime preposition and also as a word for your behind. What could be funnier than that to a five year old? The answer? Nothing. Now combine the humor of a butt with a bona fide art book. It doesn’t get any cooler than Everything Butt Art at the Zoo. The premise is awesome: all of the animals that you see at the zoo can be drawn with the fabulous gluteus maximus as the...

Read More

Poster sized goodness

Sarah Jane is wildly talented–something Cool Mom Picks discovered way back in 2007. Her prints are whimsical and magical in a way that would make Clement Hurd and The Runaway Bunny proud. I love the simplicity and the talent that beckons from the page. Now, fans of Sarah Jane’s prints can find them beautifully presented on poster size cardstock. You will have a hard time picking a favorite– I am partial to this wonderful London print and I am also digging Snuggle Me. Unfortunately not all of her images are available in poster size yet. Yet. –Eva Sarah Jane...

Read More

Children’s art that won’t give you a toothache

Back when I was pregnant, I became obsessed with finding the perfect artwork to adorn baby M’s walls. I had almost no budget and was put off by most everything in the big stores–hearts, butterflies and safaris? Oh my. So I took to Etsy. Two years later I continue to stalk the site for new artists to make my gift giving more gratifying which is how I came by Rachel Dodge’ shop. After spending just a few minutes at Apple Blossom Print, I was in love with the artwork–especially this robot alphabet print proclaiming knowledge is the future–and I felt an instant...

Read More

Web Coolness – Found hearts, cooler strollers, and a truck with a huge nipple on the top

Here are some things we’ve liked reading around the web this week. We hope you will too.  Boy Sees Hearts: Such a simple idea with results we love. (via Design Mom)   Waitstaff tells you to nurse your baby in the bathroom?! Who you gonna call? The Milk Truck! (via @royhandy) The simple joys of a tire swing, with a few tips for getting it just right. Muppets invade Manhattan? Actually, it’s the new Jim Henson’s Fantastic World exhibit at the Museum of Moving Image. If you feel like freshening up the kids’ bedrooms, we love these three DIY...

Read More

Stencils that help draw out the creativity in anyone

I bum out watching my daughter draw a self-portrait, or even a dog, stop midway, then scribble all over the entire thing in frustration because her picture doesn’t look “perfect.” Maybe that’s why I am particularly fond of these new artist-created stencil kits that are more about being creative, and not so much about what the piece is “supposed to” look like. Although the end results are pretty cool too. {don’t miss a great art supply giveaway after the jump!} After running a bunch of popular creative workshops featuring nature-inspired stencils, LA artist Karen Kimmel decided to make them...

Read More

Getting kids to write thank you notes–actually, not too hard.

I’ve been a fan of the fun color-your-own cards from Greenstarstudio since back when I discovered her cool holiday designs. So I’m happy to see some of the new cards at the shop, that can be good for slightly older kids too. The color your own cards featuring speech/thought bubbles are so smart! Kids can not only put crayon to paper and make illustrator Danamarie Hosler’s original creatures come to life, they can now fill in the bubbles with personalized messages–anything from happy birthday, to MOMMMMM which is all my four year-old wants to write these days. Grab the...

Read More

The dream room that dream rooms dream about

I still remember when my mom painted a mural in my room. I was five, and it was a 70’s-style jungle scene. I got to help. Seven years later, I took up the muralist’s brush myself and even helped pay my rent in college by whipping up Snoopy nurseries and flower gardens and my own, 90’s style jungles. Sadly, painted murals have mostly been replaced with those clever stick-on decals, which are cheaper and easier to switch out when princesses are out and owls are in. But we’ve found a muralist taking kids’ rooms to the next level– and...

Read More

A picture is worth a thousand crayons

Do you love nice, crisp boxes of brand new art supplies as much as I do? And do your kids somehow manage to rip those nice, crisp boxes within about eleven minutes of opening them as often as mine do? Well, take a look at this adorable tutorial for DIY art supply storage pouches. Far better than a Zip-loc, if you ask me. To make the bags as shown, you need to be able to sew in a zipper, but if you can’t, the concept can still be applied to drawstring bags, too. And though I haven’t tried to...

Read More

Here come the new and improved ABCs

Just when I thought an artist couldn’t do anything new or inspired to the good old but very played out alphabet decor, artist Lorena Siminovich of Petit Collage wows me with her brand new poster prints. These new ABC poster prints are making me wish I had another nursery to decorate. I’m partial to the Transportation ABCs, which is welcome design-y change to the babyfied truck decor or the real life construction vehicle art. Though I admit that the Dress-Up ABCs is pretty darn cute too and works well for a baby nursery or even a toddler room too....

Read More

For the perfect travel toy for kids, just add water.

If you could see the ground-in crayon and magic marker stains all over the back seats of our minivan, you’d understand why I’m so fond of a cool portable drawing tablet that uses nothing more than water, and generates no mess at all. As with so many of the toys we love from b.toys, it’s the well-thought design that makes the H2-Whoa! board (great name) a toy my kids are taking along everywhere they go. The shape sits nicely on their lap so they can draw, write messages or just scribble across the fabric-covered facade with nothing more than water. Reminiscent...

Read More

A grand adventure for a nursery wall

We painted one wall in my daughter’s room pink and that pink has annoyed me for the past four years. It’s not a good pink. It’s a Pepto pink. I would repaint, but the ceiling is vaulted so… I know my limits. I have looked for artwork to offset the color and not until now (four years later!) have I found the next best thing to hiring a painter. Nidhi Chanani‘s Etsy shop features original illustration that could be straight out of a children’s book, filled with adventure and magic. Each illustration captures a moment in a whimsical and...

Read More

Green gets foxy

Green is everywhere this week, from the buds on the trees to St. Patty’s Day decorations to the long-awaited green milk served at my table. I’m kind of already regretting that one. But here’s a super sweet and foxy way to bring green into a nursery or kid’s room, minus the creepy green leprechaun tongues. The Three of Us print from Etsy artist lulufroot is based on an original ink drawing, then digitally colored and printed on archival matte paper with archival ink meant to last a lifetime. And even though I adore the warm, dreamy spring green, she’s...

Read More

Hey, baby. Here’s your sign.

Well, I do believe I have just discovered the most original new baby gift on the planet. Bold proclamation, I know, but have a look at these new custom birth charts by Amy Karol –yes, she of “Bend-the-Rules Sewing and Bend-the-Rules with Fabric fame. And then try to tell me they aren’t a perfectly amazing baby gift. Including information about astrological sign, birthstone, birth flower and more, Amy creates a beautiful hand-lettered and hand-drawn birth chart based on the name and birth date that you provide. Her illustrations are simple yet striking, and the final product –which is digitally...

Read More

Why NYC may be the best place to see a kids’ movie in March

Having just lived through 80 minutes watching a Shakespearean classic turned into a story involving garden gnomes, I am not exactly itching to head out to see the next 3D “blockbuster” Hollywood has lined up for my kids. But if I can get us to New York City this month, I’ll be sure to include a trip to the Children’s International Film Festival to catch some of the best and brightest films for kids from around the world. If you’re in town, lucky you, here are a hundred great reasons to head to the movies this weekend. Starting March...

Read More

Lovely, love my etsy artists

Lovely, Love My Family by the Roots is one of those songs that gets stuck in your head in a good way. My girls discovered it after watching it on Yo, Gabba Gabba! oh, maybe 6,000 times and it’s been a favorite around here ever since. So when I saw they had inspired a talented artist, my interest was piqued. Especially after learning they help a great cause too. The Lovely, Love My Family prints at the wonderful Tuesday Mourning Etsy shop come in a variety of colors and would look smashing in any child’s room, or even over...

Read More

Pin It on Pinterest