Tag: art for kids

Art for cool kids (and their cool parents)

The thing about typical art for kids’ walls is that it can feel a little… transitory. You know? Like, it’s only up for a year or so before the kid moves on to a new thing. That’s why this amazing wall art is so perfect. You just can’t grow out of it. ModTots by Modern Bird is a line of clean, simple, modern wall art for cool kids and their cool parents. Look at that robot guy over there: he appeals to the 3-year-old who loves ‘bots and the dad who loves Radiohead. Right?  And this is real art. Each painting is based...

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Temporary tattoos get artsy

Great art is beautiful, interesting, well-crafted, and has staying power. Surprise! That also describes these cool new temporary tattoos by one of CMP’s favorite designers. Our old pals at Wee Gallery have found a fantastic new way to pepper the world with their adorable, stylish art. It’s on your kid, thanks to these sweet new temporary tattoos. What used to be just a fun little extra included with purchases from the shop is now available in four-packs of three designs, each drawn in the whimsical style that makes Wee Gallery so unique. We gave the sweet faux ink a...

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The guy who told us to “Whip It Good” is all about doing good

Oh the red, plastic upside down flower-pot-ish hats, and the throbbing techno beat — Man did I love Devo back in the day. Frontman Mark Mothersbaugh has always been a visionary and an artist (maybe your kids know him from Yo Gabba Gabba?) but he also happens to be quite the philanthropist. Mark and fellow artist Shepard Fairey collaborated on a brand new art exhibit in LA called The Big Picture that’s worth a visit if you’re in SoCal. The exhibit features fascinating and fanciful prints that don’t just challenge the viewer to look deeper, but also raise awareness...

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Putting the art in heart, times a million.

See that gorgeous iPhone case over there? It’s printed from original art and signed by the artist. Impressed yet? You will be. The artist’s name is Anwar, and he’s from Kuwait. He’s also a child cancer patient. All of the lovely goods from The Children’s Art Project are based on the artwork of child cancer patients through an inspiring program at the the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. But as you can see on their website, they usually strike through the word Cancer and focus on the Children and the Art. Working with trained artists as part...

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The easy secret to an artful life.

Do you know what the secret is to raising a child who loves art? Love it yourself, and have it around, and make it, and talk about it. That’s it. Easy. And we’ve found a really easy way to enter the wide world of art, learn about it, and maybe even invite a few special pieces into your life with a fabulous new website. Little Collector is designed to connect you with a wide but carefully curated selection of kid-friendly contemporary art by recognized artists like Kenny Scharf, Shepard Fairey (whose elephant print is shown here), David Levinthal, and even designer Cynthia Rowley,...

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Crafty gifts for kids with an artist’s eye

Kids need a little ink too. (No, not tattoos. We may be hip and fashion-forward, but we’re not crazy.) I’m talking about the kind of ink that creates together time, yields beautiful artwork, and teaches an interesting lesson. The all-in-one handy sumi-e painting kit by the award-winning art educators at Eye Can Art provides everything you need to share the art of Chinese brush painting with your kids. Even better: no needles are involved. Sumi-e, also known as Chinese brush painting, is the ancient art of capturing an image with carefully controlled brush strokes. You’ve probably seen them on the...

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Color like an artist. Romero Britto, to be specific.

My daughter’s first finger paintings brought tears to my eyes. “My God, she’s talented!” I told my husband. I knew I was being that stereotypical overly proud parent, but her use of color was so unexpected. Really! There is something so fresh and spontaneous about kids’ artwork and that is why I like P’kolino’s new collection of arts and crafts supplies inspired by the amazing pop artist, Romero Britto. (He’s done an Absolut ad!) In fact, he might be the Keith Haring of our kids’ generation. This collaboration, aimed at inspiring kids to create art, speaks to Romero’s belief–and...

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Alphabet City

We’re kind of in love with Joanne Dugan around here. She’s an amazingly prolific photographer, with her work in about a zillion ads, the awesome Taxi Driver Wisdom book, and most importantly to us, a magical series of children’s books: ABC NYC and 123 NYC, which incorporate evocative numbers and letters photographed around New York City. Well now she’s onto her next project, which let you take those very letters out of the pages and onto your kids’ walls. While the neon B once stood for bagel, as a wall decal it can stand for baby or Braden or...

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Crafting tips for the not-so-crafty – An interview with designer Lotta Jansdotter

The joke around here is that a great many of us are devoid of the crafty gene, hence our obsession with the amazing creations by many of the folks we feature here at Cool Mom Picks. But that doesn’t mean we don’t have crafters envy, especially when it comes to doing stuff with our kiddos. So when we had the chance to interview designer and long-time fave Lotta Jansdotter we couldn’t help but ask her for some tips and tricks to help us not-so-crafty minded mamas get started. –Kristen So many moms have the desire to bring out their...

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Betcha can’t find one million giraffes!

It all began with a bet: somewhere in Norway, Ola bet Jorgen that he could collect one million hand-drawn giraffes in one year. And you know what? He did. The proof is at OneMillionGiraffes.com. And now you can buy a 32-page hardcover book, aptly called OMG! One Million Giraffes featuring the giraffe images from all over the world, in a mosaic form reminiscent of an artsy Where’s Waldo? But with giraffes. Each unique giraffe had to be created by hand– not computer–and was submitted by everyday people, simply to see if one man’s wacky but interesting dream could come...

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LEGO Man! To the coloring rescue!

When I saw these LEGO Man crayons. I fell in love. I’m not sure what to do with them exactly, but that’s never stopped me from loving an item (or some men) before. I’m thinking party favors, a new big brother/sister gift for a toddler, stocking stuffers for a family of five. They do come five to a pack after all. Shipping is a flat rate $4.95 at Palmer Cash so make sure you buy enough to make it worth your while. You could always throw in a few of the super cool Star Wars crayons or  Batman crayons...

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Coloring meets funhouse mirror magic

I’m not going to lie to you: When I opened the Morph-O-Scopes Kit box my daughter received for her birthday one year, I was unimpressed. Some crayons. A shiny cup. And a bunch of coloring pages with a hole in the center, the images all stretched out and weird looking. Honestly I expected to find it all discarded on the floor within 10 minutes. Color me surprised (with or without a shiny cup!) when this optical illusion activity and art kit kept both children happily occupied for days. You put the paper over the reflective cup in the center,...

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Bright and beautiful kids’ art, hold the usual characters

As so many of you know by now, in Cool Mom Picks land, Etsy is always the place to look for the nursery decor that won’t make you say, “That looks just like that print I saw at the store….” And on Etsy, we’re loving Hsin Ping Pan’s shop of lively and unique illustrations, each done via a mix of digital and hand-painting. No standard fairy tale characters here, but plenty of wildest imaginings sprung to life — like the tea party pictured to the left, or friendly dinosaur/SUV hybrids. I don’t know about you, but I feel more...

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Turns out Keith Haring’s art can teach kids about more than just art

I can’t tell you how much I admire teachers. My son has had some good ones and some great ones and what separates the two are that great teachers don’t just instruct, they inspire. Haring Kids, a website based on the amazing artwork of Keith Haring, contains a database of more than 160 creative lesson plans that both parents and teachers can use to teach everything from shapes to social studies.  Lesson plans are arranged by subject, age-range, and even required materials with extensive descriptions of how a particular school presented the program. One of my favorite hands-on activities...

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This schoolhouse rocks

Today I was so desperate for a new project to pull the tiny whiners off my knees that I gave them a huge cardboard box and some Sharpies. They ended up just stomping on the bubble wrap inside, much to my headache’s eternal sadness. But if you plan ahead a little, you can avoid my amateur mistake by using the real deal. When your kids aren’t actually in school yet, I’m thinking this honest to goodness cardboard schoolhouse is the next best thing. It’s extra-sturdy, extra-cute, and pre-printed with environmentally friendly features. Solar panels, a recycling center, and even...

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Art appreciation for the preverbal set

Every few months (okay, every year or so) I take my son into New York City and hit one of the many art museums. After all, who doesn’t want their child to have an appreciation of art? Evidently I’m not alone. New Editions believes you shouldn’t have to look any further than the walls of your home to surround your child with art that will inspire and interest them. Founded by an artist, art gallery director and an art historian, this site features collections of small-run prints commissioned from working contemporary artists, all with kids in mind. You won’t...

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Fairy tale houses–they’re not just for fairy tales anymore

When I first saw pictures of the amazing, whimsical and unbelievably detailed fairy tale houses and furniture by Mike and Debbie Schramer I simply marveled. This brilliant husband and wife team use real flowers, branches, roots, and moss, to create these breathtaking fairy furniture masterpieces. You have to click over to appreciate the detail. But they’re not just meant to be looked at, they’re meant to be enjoyed. Why buy pink plastic doll furniture when you can have a hand crafted tea party set? Add little forest people and animals and your child’s imagination is sure to run rampant....

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Youtopia

I’ll be honest — as an art teacher, I was once opposed to rubber stamps. Then I realized that giving children some handy, thoughtfully designed building blocks for their two-dimensional world can be the perfect springboard into confidence and imagination. The Cityscape Stamp Set by Yellow Owl Workshop includes five maple-mounted, natural rubber stamps reminiscent of San Francisco, thanks to the tree and bike stamps nestled between skyscrapers and houses. You get a road, too, but there’s no rule about how much greenspace you can create. The stamps come all snuggled up in a lovely, hand-finished birch box for...

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We see cool crayons in your future

We’re always on the lookout for cool party favors that do not include small plastic toys that last all of four minutes, or sugar-infested treats that seem to last four hours. So if you’ve got a party coming up, stuff those goody bags with these cool fortune cookie crayons. Handmade from upcycled crayons, these adorable crayons come complete with their own fortune and are packaged in a Chinese take-out box. Pair them with a funky coloring book as a birthday gift or split them up and use them as party favors. Either way, I foresee them being a big...

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Fishy fishy on the wall

So, aside from the cluster of dirt smears from his heels, my kid’s bedroom wall is a little lackluster. And why, by the way, does he feel the need to kick his dirty little feet against the wall every night while he sleeps, anyway? I’m loving the look of the neat paintable wall décor from the Bay Area mom-and-pop team at Wallter. These stick-on pieces aren’t decals; they’re tactile, geometric, pre-primed wood, and they’re ready to be painted in whatever color-scheme your little heart (or your little kid) desires. And they adhere easily with a peel-on backing and stay...

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