Tag: art for kids

Alphabeasties, not just for the next generation of Type Nerds

I run with a tough crowd of Type Nerds, the kind who can spend an hour discussing the joys of Helvetica, the horrors of Comic Sans, and play an iPhone game called “Cheese or Font” (yes, this really is a game).  But even for those of us who can’t tell a serif from a sans serif, you’ve gotta check out the Alphabeasties and Other Amazing Types alphabet book. It’s like no alphabet book I’ve ever seen and with three kids, that’s saying something.  Created by two Minnesota graphic designers, Sharon Werner and Sarah Forss, Alphabeasties features animals made from type,...

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Hip art for cool dudes (and the moms that love them)

I know, I know. When you get down to it, most boys are just drawn to things with wheels and pointy teeth. In a world devoid of gender-specific toys, they would still manage to nibble a piece of cheese into the shape of a gun. But what about moms who want something other than Tow Mater and Buzz Lightyear on those baby blue walls? cabin + cub definitely delivers on hip designs for boys, now without all those ubiquitous automobiles or cartoon characters with a limited shelf life. I can see the retro-cool, hand-inked collages in simple frames, hanging...

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Baby mobiles are so 2009

I admit that baby mobiles never did much more for my kids than keep them entertained with their robotic songs and spinning cutesy stuffed animals. But moms-to-be hoping to get a modern bit of nursery decor out of the deal should be begging for a beautiful dream ring from CMP fave Blabla Kids. While these dream rings definitely serve a similar purpose as a mobile, they’re refreshingly different. The simple knit ring includes a hanging decorative themed piece, like the lovely apple tree (pictured) or the mermaid (so cute!), all hand knit by Peruvian artisans in a fair trade...

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For when a scribble is a heck of a lot more than just a scribble

If you’re anything like I am, you’ve probably got a lot of your kids’ precious artwork boxed up and you’re saving it for, well, who knows what. (Actually, if you’re really like me, then your kids’ glitter-encrusted volcano drawings and purple squiggle “princesses” are scattered about your house in random piles just waiting for a more organized person to move in and do something with it, but that’s another story.) Now that I’ve found the new offerings at Me Art, I know exactly how to preserve the precious memories of my kids’ blossoming artistic abilities – by having the...

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How one coloring book can make hundreds of kids happy

My nephew was hospitalized at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia when he was around two and I am forever grateful to the amazing staff who helped cure him — and to all of the special facilities that help children. I guess that’s why I am so blown away by RxArt. This non-profit organization pairs up with some incredibly famous contemporary artists like William Wegman, Frank Stella and Sol LeWitt in an effort to transform sterile hospitals and outpatient centers into places popping with creativity and color.  There’s even a CAT scan machine designed by one of my favorite artists,...

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Go for the green

I have always loved pretty much everything at KLT:Works. Kristin Loffer Theiss makes the beautiful artwork, plush, nursery decor and apparel that just makes you smile in every way. And I’m smiling even more since discovering that for St. Patrick’s Day, through midnight, if you buy anything in her shop that’s green it will be 20% off. And not just green green–like emerald, lime, or kelly–but eco green. Organic. Neat. Personally, I love this organic birds nest tee, right in time for all things springy and new. But if I had a baby gift to buy, or a nursery...

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A banner year for nursery design

If you’ve been in the cool kids boutiques, on the design blogs, or heck, on our site lately, you’d know that banners are a hot new nursery trend. And the freethinking coolies at Blik agree. We’ve covered these hip, do-it-awesome-yourself wall decals before, but the new Wee Gallery Birdie Banner, designed by one of our favorite baby cos, is too cute to miss. The package includes 100 removeable decorative decals, including two adorable birdies, 15 hiply colored banner pieces, a very small galaxy of stars, and 78 letters to cover everyone from A(lexis Anne) to Z(ane Benjamin). The design...

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Where the wild things art.

I have a cow when my little deers jump on the couch, but I’d be lion if I didn’t confess to fawning over the crazy creatures at WildLifePrints, a fun new shop on Etsy. (Ha sorry, couldn’t resist.) Award-winning photographer Jeff Friesen wanted to meld his brooding side with his wacky side, and the end result is a charming shop full of colorful, stylish, unique photographs of animals doing something peculiar, all on easily frameable, archival, 8 1/2 x 11 matte paper. There’s a duck in a bathtub, a pipkin full of pandas, and an elk named Walden posing...

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This Sesame Street contest is brought to you by the letter A and the number $50,000

Question: Can you tell me how to get to Sesame Street? Answer: 1. Be a puppet.2. Be Ricky Gervais.3. Win the 4th Annual Aniboom Awards 4 Sesame Street Competition. It’s that easy, animators. We’ve just learned that Sesame Street has teamed up with Aniboom Virtual Animation Studio to showcase talented animators leading the next generation of savvy children’s educational programming. And if seeing your winning work on the most iconic kids’ television program ever isn’t enough, there’s also $50,000 in prize money up for grabs. Let me guess– you’re making Cookie Monster googly eyes now, aren’t you? Submit your...

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Cool Mom Picks readers have a heart

Valentine’s Day has come and gone and now, a week later, we just want to say thank you thank you thank you for your absolutely overwhelming support for our artist-created color-your-own Valentine’s Day cards we put together with Etsy. The numbers are in and more than 400 of you helped us raise more than $1700 for The Children’s Heart Foundation. All $3.99 at a time. We couldn’t be more pleased! If you loved the work of the twelve generous artists who contributed their talent to the cause (and really…who wouldn’t?) feel free to visit their shops and support them...

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Mondo murals for your mini Matisse

My daughter is a normal three-year-old: obsessed with being big, doing grown-up things, and wearing leotards for 90% of her life. Okay, so maybe the leotard thing isn’t normal, but it’s no wonder she gets bored with the same old princess coloring books and tired box of broken crayons. She wants to do big things. Real things. That’s why I’m so excited about Art Projects for Kids, a free website with daily art projects for all ages that are different (crayons, shmayons), fun, and above all, real. Most projects include a short lesson on a famous artist and then...

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Baa Baa Black Sheep, have you any reclaimed wool for upcycled art projects?

One of the stand-outs to me at this year’s overwhelming Toy Fair show weren’t actually toys at all, but the lovely handmade wall art from CMP fave Cate and Levi. Like their original, one-of-a-kind stuffed animals, the critters are pieced together beautifully from reclaimed wool. Even nicer is that these fuzzy fabric friends can be hung over a crib without glass, and if the baby hoists herself up on the rails and grabs at a picture? So much the better. The sheep looks plenty friendly and I’d imagine even the crocodile won’t bite. I was also happy to see...

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Girls will be girls at Tollipop

I love little prints of little girls (as anyone familiar with our art archives probably can garner). So when I saw an entire of gallery them from Kirsten at Tollipop I immediately started bookmarking. Kristen is a real artist, writer, and creative visionary who sells original watercolors and prints of sweet little girls – and one boy. Goes by the name of Edwin Fink. Actually what I think is cool about them is that they’re are not too sweet at all. In fact, I see a wee bit of Edward Gorey in her children, which is in part what...

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Looking to jazz up your kid’s room? Put a sock (monkey) in it

I’ve had a thing for sock monkeys ever since my mother-in-law gave me the one she’d made for my husband when he was a baby. They’re some kind of magical combination of goofy, cheerful cuddliness and retro-chic all in one. I always figured I’d try to make one for my own children when I had them. But then I had them. And there wasn’t quite as much sock-monkey-making-time as I’d initially expected. Go figure. So my kids have made do with their dad’s old one (which, in retrospect, is kind of nice). For people without sock monkey heirlooms (yet),...

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I gave my heart to Lil Scribblers

With three kids who keep having birthdays, I feel like I’m forever on the lookout for cool, affordable party favors that won’t end up immediately in the trash which is why when I saw the assortment of Lil Scribblers’ chunky crayons by Philly’s Lil Boo & Co., I knew I had struck birthday-party gold. (And if you recognize the photo, yes – it’s the one we used to help promote our Valentine’s Day card design contest!) Using only Crayola crayons for reliable color blending, Nicole of Lil Boo & Co. melts her crayons into the coolest shapes like chunky...

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Oh, the joy you can get from one handmade mobile

We flipped over the graphic cut-paper mobiles from Frazier + Wing when we first discovered them at the Bubble show earlier this year and we’re so excited to see some of the new offerings, now at more affordable prices. The basic mobile is like a big joyous pompom, bursting with surprising colors (or neutrals, should you prefer) and delighting you with different die-cut shapes. They’re all hand-sewn by Portland artist Heather Frazier, then weighted in a way that they hang perfectly while still blowing gently if they catch a breeze. Or for something really different, check out the collection...

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P’Kolino Art Supplies can’t wait to get into your stockings

Every December, I take stock of the state of our coloring, drawing and painting supplies and weed out the lost-caps, tiny crayon bits and crusty paints so they can be replaced. It’s a great tradition that both keeps us organized, and presents some Christmas gift opportunities. This year, P’Kolino has introduced enough art supplies to fill the stockings of all three of my kids. As with their much-loved and CMP-approved Klick Table and Chair Set and Book Buggee, everything from P’Kolino is cleverly designed and looks oh-so-cool, and these are no exception. The tube of five primary-color, no-smell finger...

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Want an incredible collection of Modern Art? Go Fish

I learned long ago that the best way for my son to learn about “boring” things was to find creative ways to teach him. Although I personally am fascinated by Modern Art, he could probably not be able to withstand an extended visit to the MoMA. Which made the Go Fish for Modern Art card game the perfect way to introduce him to the subject. It’s played just like the traditional game of Go Fish, but each card features beautiful contemporary art from the likes of Andy Warhol, Paul Klee and Marc Chagall. Younger kids can just match colors...

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Holiday chocolates designed by your kid

Every year it becomes a challenge as to how to make my daughter’s artistic talent into an awesome holiday gift. This holiday season’s winner is the design your own chocolates from Rogue Confections which I had the chance to taste test at the One of a Kind Show in NYC this past weekend. The process is simple – download and print their template and let your kiddos decorate the six circles, and the folks at Rogue will turn their masterpieces into your choice of six white, milk, or dark chocolates. Then you get to wow your kid’s teacher, grandparents, or whoever...

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Showcase a kid’s artwork beyond your refrigerator door

I love how my little artists fearlessly choose their colors to create a purple tree under a green cloud, or how a bunch of stick figures can end up looking just like our family; they blow me away every time. RedStamp has one of my favorite ideas for how to pass on these little works of art to those people who will appreciate them as much as I do–their Custom Kid-Designed Stationery turns kid-art into one-of-a-kind flat cards that can become gifts for grandparents, parents, or even for my kids themselves, who could use them for thank-you cards after...

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