Tag: art for kids

Andy Warhol, Bugaboo, and so many twinkling stars. Can you think of a cooler combination?

Last week, the MoMA Design Store free author events for children continued in New York with none other than Andy Warhol. Of course he was not there himself (that would be a little weird–though very Andy) but we were excited to learn about a new board book out for children featuring some amazing new illustrations. What’s more, there’s a stroller to match. Really. So Many Stars is a beautiful board book, including never-before published images almost entirely from 1958. The collection was put together by none other than Bugaboo, as part of the Andy Warhol stroller collection we’ve recently featured. Their newest edition is the...

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A monstrously fun activity book, just in time for Halloween

My kids have always preferred “open-ended” coloring-and-activity books like Fotoplay! or Let’s Make Some Great Art over ones that ask them to just stay within the lines. So it’s no wonder they’re roaring for an imaginative new kids’ activity book that is monstrously fun…and just in time for writing spooky Halloween notes.  My Monster Bubblewriter Book by London illustrator and designer Linda Scott shows kids how to make letters with monstrous personality like that of the patchwork Sock Monster, Gooey Brain Monster, or the Super Furry Dude. Sound weird? Oh, yes, it’s weird, but really fun for kids who like...

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Chalk on the walls? Go ahead, kids!

I really love the idea of chalkboard paint, but I’ll be honest that I’m not a fan of dark walls, particularly in my house that’s not well lit to begin with. But white chalkboard paint? I’m crushing hard. These days, Benjamin Moore is offering chalkboard paint in a rainbow of pretty colors, but white seems the most practical for me and my little kids. And wow, the possibilities are endless. Just paint the lower half of your walls and let your kids go wild, or create strategically placed shapes for calendars, menus, even inspirational quotes. Or if you’re like...

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Heading to NY? Free author events for kids at MoMA Design Store NYC!

If you are going to pick the perfect time to visit New York City, you could do a lot worse than fall. The family-friendly options here seem endless this time of year. So whether you live in town or you are building an itinerary for your special Saturday visiting the Big Apple, we’d like to suggest adding the MoMA Design Store to your schedule. Yes, for kids. Set on the charming Spring Street in Soho, the MoMA store has been a long time shopping favorite of ours. We were extra pleasantly surprised to discover that in addition to the killer...

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Web Coolness: Powerful women, iPhone iOS7 problems, hilarious kids’ music parodies, and lots of freebies for kids

Here are some of our favorite links around the web this week. We hope you like them too.  Don’t miss this Tumblr blog that’s celebrating remarkable women for a whole year. Read this before you upgrade your iPhone: 7 big problems with iOS7 Finally, a toy store realizes that girls like trucks and boys like dolls too. Did your kids look like this on the first day of school? Love the inspiration! You’re not alone if you’re an adult wearing Rainbow Loom Bracelets. (And here’s a great roundup of Rainbow Loom how-to’s.)   How insane are these homemade Halloween cookies?  NYC parents: Visit the Artstar/Little Collector...

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Two cute animal crafts for kids that also benefit other kids.

When two of our favorite peeps get together to raise awareness of two of our favorite animals with fun, free DIY kids crafts, the results are four times the fun.  Our pals at Moomah and Tea Collection have joined together to work with the Global Fund for Children to provide a safe place for migrant children in China to play while their parents work. Now, inspired by pieces from Tea Collection’s China-inspired clothing collection, Moomah hopes to raise awareness of two of China’s threatened species and popular kid favorites, tigers and pandas. Each craft includes free printable templates and...

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Unique nursery decor ideas: vintage toys galore

If you’re looking for a unique nursery decor idea, sometimes the best inspiration can be found right in your grandparents’ attic–if you’re lucky. I love the look of vintage toys framed as cool artwork for a baby’s room, or placed on bookshelves as striking accent pieces. But if you don’t have a relative who has saved every family heirloom for decades, then, hey, at least you have Etsy.  Here are 16 favorite finds (from zillions) that would make for great baby and kids’ room decor staples. Happy decorating! Vintage Walkie Talkies; Vintage Toy Clock; Vintage Metal Airplane Toy; 1958 Vintage Toy Sewing...

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Embroidery hoop art for your kids’ walls to inspire. Both of you.

Back when we started this site in 2006 (and we have the archives to prove it), messages for kids were all about irony, irreverence and sass. Over the years, it’s been thrilling to see the trend turn towards positivity, encouragement and smarts. And not even in a cheesy, “Hang in there, it’s almost Friday!” kitten poster kind of way.   I love the embroidery hoop art from Athena and Eugenia on Etsy, and while there are a few wonderful pieces for various places and spaces, these in particular would be so great in a child’s room.   The truth is, it’s nice...

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4 nursery themes for the coolest kids’ rooms

Picking a nursery theme doesn’t have to be hard–but it doesn’t have to be boring, either. We always say, skip the easily outgrown cartoon characters and go for something you won’t have to change so fast. We know it’s hard to imagine when you’re pregnant and every day seems like a year…but one day that baby will be a toddler, will be an actual kid with a say in their room decor. On behalf of our wonderful sponsor Pop & Lolli, makers of the imaginative, extremely well-made and eco-friendly fabric wall decals that we were excited to discover last...

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The Day the Crayons Quit: A very cool creativity manifesto

I have a child who once angrily crumpled up any coloring page if it didn’t turn out “perfect.” Grass had to be the perfect green, sky had to be the perfect blue, and don’t even get me started on the perfect cherry red needed for superhero capes. So maybe that’s why now–a few years later–she is crazy about a book featuring crayons which plead with the reader to reconsider boring old color roles and rules. Let’s hear it for creativity. And talking crayons. The Day the Crayons Quit is a delightfully funny book about a box of crayons who...

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Monsters: way better on the wall than under the bed

The coast is clear. We checked under the bed, in the closet, and behind the curtains. The only monsters we found are these utterly adorable ones framed on the wall. And they look friendly. Well, except maybe for the chupacabra. If you have kids who dig monsters or adventures, here’s a cheap and stylish way to decorate their walls (or entice them to write those overdue thank-you notes). This four-pack of Monster Postcards from Quill and Fox on Etsy are only $7 for the set and carry a lot of design punch. You get Bigfoot, the Loch Ness Monster,...

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Watercolor cookies, the coolest (and easiest) party favor ever

I love to throw parties for my kids, especially with inspiration from all the great party ideas here on Cool Mom Picks. In particular, I’m always on the lookout for activities where our guests can make cool stuff that they’ll actually want to take home (and their parents won’t hate me for it). I’m dying to try these watercolor cookies from One Charming Party. Bake sugar cookies, top with a layer of fondant (recipe and how-to video included), and then get creative with the food coloring. Use a paper towel, small sponges, or even a paintbrush to decorate. So...

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How to stop your kids from drawing on the walls? Actually, don’t.

There’s probably not a kid in existence who hasn’t dreamed of drawing on the walls. Okay, most of them actually do it at least once in their lives. Now imagine you loved the results. That’s where CMP fave Wee Gallery comes in.     Their new Dress Me Wallpaper is designed with artistic kids (or adults) in mind. Sweet black-and-white images of Wee Gallery’s distinctively adorable characters adorn the paper, but they’re missing something: clothes. So kids get to design their own outfits for the bunny, fox, and piggy. Serious fun. Now I probably wouldn’t introduce this wallpaper into my home if there...

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ABC posters, modern Bauhaus style

I’ve always liked the idea of an alphabet or first initial print for a baby’s room, but a lot of them are so easily outgrown. Not so with these gorgeous modern letter prints on sale at Fab this week, but found at the artist’s shop when the flash sale is over. LA designer Ryan Beshara of ModernPOP takes inspiration from mid-century design and modern Bauhaus. But your children don’t need to know that; just that the colors are fun and hey! That’s an E for Ella! You can get a few and spell out your kid’s name, a single...

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Web Coolness: DIY chalk paint, amazing yarn bombs, and royal baby chat

Here are some things we’ve loved reading around the web this week. We hope you do too. Check out this collection of crazy and colorful yarn bombs from around the world. Don’t let back to school season sneak up on you–use this clever Back to School Countdown printable from Alpha Mom. Not your ordinary bunk beds, these custom beds are truly spectacular. DIY Sidewalk Chalk Paint is such an easy and colorful way to get your little artists outside. Six clever ways to reuse those pool noodles after summer ends. Our Editor Kristen talks all things royal baby in this Google...

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Kickstart some cool play with mighty awesome Olliblock block sets

If you love the idea of toys that represent kids of all sorts, we think you’ll dig the way one of our favorite indie companies is Kickstarting some even more fun mix-and-match block sets. And the higher-level rewards might just blow you away. Our pals at Olliblocks/Mixmates have a Kickstarter going through August 3  that takes the next step in evolution: instead of just buying a PDF and making the blocks yourself, you can grab some extra special, artisan-made sets of beautiful blocks. (Edited to add: Olliblocks are now available for sale at the Caravan Shoppe Site) We loved these blocks...

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Muppets go modern with the coolest prints for your nursery

Of all my parenting achievements, I’m particularly proud that I’ve passed on a love for The Muppets to my own three kids. And now that they carry their own torch for Kermit, Beaker, and Fozzie Bear, I think they’ll love decorating their rooms with some very cool, very style-forward prints of the gang. Designed by London’s The Retro Inc, our iconic Muppets friends have gone through a mod makeover of sorts, and I just love the results. Grab a trio of your favorite characters for only $10, and the 5×7″ prints will be shipped to you. Or, if you can’t...

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LEGO: The Art of the Brick. And by art, we mean whoa.

And here I get all excited when my six-year-old puts together a LEGO Lord of the Rings set and only asks for my help twice. Recently opened, artist Nathan Sawaya’s solo show Art of the Brick features unbelievable creations all created out of LEGOS. If you happen to be a New Yorker or just visiting my fair city any time through the fall, this looks like one to take the kids to for sure.   They may not get the references to the Winged Victory, Girl with the Pearl Earring, or Edvard Munch’s Scream, but I’m sure their minds...

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Whimsical animal prints served à la française

Our Bastille Day celebration continues with these stunning French animal prints that are perfect for a kids’ room, although I think I’d like them anywhere in my home. The Blackboard Animal French Prints at Etsy’s Eviva Prints are so striking, with that inky chalkboard-black background contrasting with the clever animal forms made from ephemera suggesting the description. So for example, Le lapin qui ecrit (the rabbit who writes–my own favorite) is made of old French postcards; The cat who sings is made of sheet music; The elephant who bakes has been cut from an old recipe; The horse who...

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Warhol meets Bugaboo. And the fancy parents go wild.

We like classic cars for kids’ gear, but in this case, it’s “cars” with a lowercase C–more Soho than Radiator Springs. If you’re in the market for an eye-catching stroller and you happen to love Andy Warhol’s trademark style, check out the latest special edition of one of our favorite strollers. We love the Bugaboo Cameleon 3 for comfort, ease of use, and storage space. Now we adore the latest Andy Warhol special edition Bugaboo fabric set featuring the pop artists iconic automobiles print. Note: the price you see here is for the fabric set only; the actual Bugaboo...

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