Tag: art for kids

Humble wooden blocks get a beautiful makeover

Whether you are looking for a stunning first-birthday gift for a special child in your life, or your preschooler just loves to build, this beautifully designed set of colorful blocks is one toy they’ll treasure. Especially when they are building the Land of Lollipops or whatever they dream up in their imagination. Land of Nod’s It Makes a Village Building Set would create the village (or previously mentioned Land of Lollipops) of my kids’ dreams, with swoopy arches, wavy roads, and even little shapes that could become anything from a rock wall, to a cluster of bushes, to a...

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Turn your kids’ drawings into figurines

I’ve seen no shortage of brilliant ideas for showcasing kids’ artwork not to mention ideas for turning kids art into gifts–which by the way are always a hit with anyone who receives them.  So when I saw these adorable figurines created from kids’ drawings, I immediately started mining our artwork storage boxes in preparation for Mother’s Day gift awesomeness.  Meet Crayon Creatures, a company based out of Barcelona, Spain that turns your kids’ drawings into adorable sandstone figurines. Once they receive your kids’ artwork, a 3D artist uses specialized technology to translate your little one’s 2D drawing into a...

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Web Coolness: Valentine love notes, talking to kids about Dr. King, and IKEA hacks

Here are some of our favorite links from around the web this week. We hope you like them too! What do your kids love? Grab Mr. Printables free Valentine’s writing activity sheets and see how your kids fill in the blanks.  And don’t miss Kristen’s picks for The Sweetest Valentine’s Gifts for Babies. Talking to Kids About Martin Luther King Jr  gives us some great jumping-off points for talking to our kids about Dr. King’s contributions to history.  Some of our kindie music favorites, like Gustafer Yellowgold, Uncle Rock, and Key Wilde and Mr. Clarke, have come together to raise money for Hurricane Sandy Relief with...

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Nursery art for Maurice Sendak Fans. Is that all of us?

We’re all big Maurice Sendak fans around here, and his passing in 2012 was one of the toughest for a lot of us. So it’s wonderful to see his amazing vision live on through his books that fill my kids’ room. If I had found this adorable print when they were babies, it just might have hung over the crib. I love this printable Where the Wild Things Are artwork featuring a silhouette of one of the esteemed Wild Rumpus guests, filled with the words I’ll eat you up, I love you so. Now that I’m a mother, that line has new...

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The coolest ways to decorate a kid’s room: Editors Best of 2012

Decorating the baby’s room may be the most fun thing about being pregnant. (Unless you eat a lot of chocolate chip pancakes, which would make it a tie.) We had so much fun rounding up our picks for the coolest nursery and kids’ room decor of 2012. Liz Aden + Anais muslin crib bedding Muslin is so genius in all seasons, that I’m so happy this mom-run company finally turned their uber-popular swaddler designs into sheets for your baby’s crib. Also? Utterly adorable. Amanda Vissel Boys Posters In a world where so-called boys’ artwork is either super precious or el destructo, I...

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Finally! Crayons for every skin tone

Recently we found a wonderful pin on Pinterest that our followers loved too–an editorial photo of a dozen shades of crayons all labeled flesh. Awesome!  We’ve been actively trying to track down the creator of the photo (any help is welcome). And it’s not just a pic: we’re delighted to see that you can indeed buy fleshtone crayons from Crayola now. Gone are the days of one-skin-fits-all, icky peachy-orange. Now, it’s not like they’re perfect–I have yet to see a snow-white person who wasn’t made up for kabuki theater, and I have yet to see a shiny licorice-black person,...

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DIY Thanksgiving Placemats for kids: almost a shame to cover them with food

I am not the craftiest of the bunch at Cool Mom Picks, so when I see something that looks like, “Hey, we could do that!” I’m all over it. And this kids’ Thanksgiving table craft that you can do super easily fits the bill perfectly. From our friends at NYC’s Moomah, the wonderful family art space turned online “do it together” magazine, this idea is so wonderful: 1. Print out this cornucopia printable 2. Print out these collage shapes (or find your own from printables on the web, magazines, or old greeting cards) 3. Print out the “I am thankful...

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A coloring book as lovely as the little girl behind it

If you don’t know Elizabeth Mitchell’s music, you’re missing something special. She invokes a vibe of simple joy that’s been part of our daily soundtrack as a family for the past few years.  Daniel, Elizabeth’s husband, and Storey, her beautiful daughter, make up her band, the sweetly named You Are My Flower. Over the past few years, Storey’s creative role has evolved…and coloring-happy kids (and parents) will adore the results. Storey partnered up with her very talented grandmother Bonnie Brooke Mitchell on a delightful collaboration featuring Storey’s words and Bonnie’s drawings. Page by page, Storey’s Sunny Day Coloring Book is a wonderful reminder to...

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Threadless + Makedo: a match made in creative heaven

Some partnerships make beautiful music together, but this one makes fantastically creative artwork. If you order from Threadless soon, you might find a very special surprise packed in with your artist-designed t-shirts. Our pals at Threadless have partnered with our other pals at Makedo to celebrate and reward thinking outside the box. Right now, Threadless will randomly pack Makedo kits into their regular orders, encouraging customers to create unique and wacky projects using what Wired magazine has called, the “World’s Best Toy.” The artists are then encouraged to upload their creations to the Threadless website, which enters them in...

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Personalized animal art prints for every kid, from Althea to Zephaniah

Can’t find an “K is for Kunegunda” art print for your little one’s nursery? We’ve got just the thing. You can even add a special message for baby Kunegunda, if you’d like. Kustomizing is kool, you know. The Wee Alphas Personalized Prints from Wee Society are one of the most customizable options we’ve seen for high-quality baby name artwork. Each letter of the alphabet is represented by a different adorable animal whose shape is a sly nod to the letter. But everything else on the print? Well, that’s up to you. (Yeah, I thought you’d like that.) You choose...

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5 brilliant ways to store (and display) your kids’ artwork

I’m just under two months into the school year, and with three school-aged children under the roof, I am swimming in artwork. The bulletin board, the stacks on my counter, my poor fridge! Then just yesterday, I got the nerve to toss about half of it…and my son totally busted me. Needless to say, I’m pretty much back where I started. Even if you don’t have a bunch of kids like I do, the artwork can definitely pile up. Here, I rounded up five smart ways to store and display their priceless creations. Whew. This DIY kids’ art collage...

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Celebrate International Day of the Girl with Cool (Girl) Picks

October 11 is an exciting day at Cool Mom Picks, because what’s more amazing than girls? Initiated by the United Nations, today is the very first International Day of the Girl Child, a day highlighting the challenges and injustices that girls all over the globe continue to battle. So today, along with sharing our favorite girl-related charities, we celebrate the amazing young women of the world by sharing our favorite “strong girl” picks.  Artist Amanda Visell’s gorgeous strong girls prints (above) remind us: sometimes the knight in shining armor a girl needs most is herself.  Want your smart little...

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Get crafty, young grasshopper, with 3D puzzle sculptures

The cooler weather is setting in, so I’m already on the hunt for inside activities that will save my hide come winter. I admit I’m pretty picky about what crafty goodness makes the grade at our house, so when I heard about green 3D puzzles that the kiddos could build and color, I was all ears. {Keep reading for an exclusive CMP discount on 3D puzzles!} The eco-friendly Urban Canvas 3D puzzles are created from recycled cardboard that is reusable (honest!) and durable enough to be constructed and destructed. The pieces are also reversible, with a funky preprinted pattern on one side. The...

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32 Ways to Dress a Fox? Is that a personal challenge?

I’m smitten with kittens–of the fox and rabbit variety. And piglets, too. If you like open-ended, simple, beautiful activity books that leave plenty of room for imagination and fun, then you’ll want to buy all three.  That’s a total of 96 outfits, by the way. More than I have in my closet. Just saying. Each sweet new Activity Book from CMP favorite Wee Gallery includes 32 pages of artsy fun. Each image is slightly different, with head, hands, feet, and tail rarin’ for dress-up fun, plus occasional accessories added to help spark imagination. Whether you’re looking to dress a...

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ABCs from a time when B was for Balloon, not Boy Band

My mother-in-law is amazing at keeping childhood treasures — we have everything from my husband’s toy car collection to original copies of his favorite children’s books — and we treasure this vintage ephemera so. I love that these old toys and books are just as beautiful and appropriate now as they were back then, because childhood is truly timeless. Sometimes I wonder if these books will still be around when my kids have children of their own. Wouldn’t that be wonderful? Which is why, while we definitely hang onto these old toys and books, I simply cannot imagine tearing...

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Characters with character: alphabet prints for superhero fans

In this fontastic alphabet, J stands for James…James Bond? I’m in. Especially since I is for Iron Man. I just love the way Helvetica is used to depict some of my favorite superheroes and famous characters, and wow, how great would they be in a cool kid’s room? Helvetica, My Hero is a typography project by French design student Rene Mambembe. Each letter of the alphabet is depicted as a famous character from comics or film using what’s essentially the most simplistic and well-known of fonts: Helvetica. And yet each character has such…character. As they’re superheroes or movie villains, a disproportionate...

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Let’s hear it for the boys

Moms of boys, rejoice! One of our favorite artists for fierce girl-power art is now tackling the sweet but manly side of our sons.  We fell in love with Amanda Visell’s quartet of strong girl posters. Then we cheered for her second take on girls who aren’t afraid of a little mud. Now we’re nodding along and dashing away tears to see her tender take on the sweet side of our boys. In a world where boy decor is dominated by Thor, full contact sports, and a talking hot-rod that seems like a subconscious symbol of midlife crises to...

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7 surprising ways BabbaBox makes a cool gift for kids

If your kids are like mine, then getting something in the mail with their name on it completely makes their day. However when it’s filled with arts, crafts, and everything you need to make them, well, I’m pretty sure it would make their year. We’ve been long time fans of BabbaBox, now our newest sponsor (yay!), so we already know that their amazing activity boxes for kids 3-6 make the perfect gift. Here, just a few ways to think of it that you might not have considered.{Don’t miss the exclusive discount and two great giveaways after the jump} 1....

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Web Coolness – The coolest movie posters, inspiring art by kids, and Sesame Street’s 43rd season

Here are some of our favorite links from around the web this week. We hope you like them too. We hope those are safety scissors in this adorable Brazilian Cineplex ad featuring children —can you guess all the other movies featured in the series? Use your words to help a child in the Blogust blog relay where every comment you leave on participating blogs means $20 donated to Shot@Life for life-saving vaccines. In fact you can leave a comment on any of the participating blogs all month long to count, including our own Editor Liz’s blog. If you’ll be...

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Solar-powered crafting

I spend a lot of time lately telling my kids about the “dangers of the sun” as I apply yet another layer of SPF 30+. But this weekend, we spent a lot of time talking about the cool art that the sun can make with this creative new kit from CMP favorite Eye Can Art. Their new Fabric Sun Photo Kit is a great way to to flex those creative muscles in between beach days. What makes this kit so special is that, like so many of Eye Can Art’s kits, instead of telling kids what to make, it tells...

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