Tag: art for kids

If you believe they put an owl on the moon

When I find myself with a little square of wall space to fill, I’ve found that ornaments can add nice texture and dimension, instead of another poster or print. And this Etsy shop makes ones that are so cute, I might just clear some space. The little red moon with owl ornaments from the Intres shop look adorably cute for a nursery that needs some brightening up. Considering you get two for just $15, it’s even worth the international shipping from Vigo, Spain. Although having been there last summer, I’m thinking maybe I’ll just fly back there again and...

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Are foxes the new owls?

Last year, owls were the hot animal motif of the season. While they’re not going anywhere, I do think that the cool cute animal du jour is now the fox. Which is replacing the dragonfly, butterfly, and octopus trends I’ve noticed over the years. If it were up to Delilah, narwhals would be huge, but until then, here are some of the coolest of the fox art and decor we’ve seen around lately. This fox print from Gingiber for children is beautifully done. It might even be my favorite of the set of animal prints she’s created, and is...

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Puzzles lovely enough to frame.

Puzzles are the new family time favorite of our preschooler who is outgrowing her wooden pegged farm animals for more complex designs. I am happy to indulge her, but I refuse to throw down any more money on unimaginative cartoon character puzzles. I think puzzles can be considered more like an artform and not junky space-eaters. (In my world of apartment living, every inch counts).   I am so glad we found the gorgeous artistic puzzles from artist Sarah Nicholas Williams of Radish Moon. Her dreamy designs instill a feeling of childhood whimsy and backyard imagination that I welcome with open arms. The...

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Birthday gifts for 5-year-old girl? Reader Q&A

I need a birthday gift idea for my soon-to-be 5-year-old daughter. She has tons of Barbies, tons of clothes – she is a girly girl and loves all things to do with painting nails, wearing girly stuff. I feel like we have way too many toys and clothes. What else is new and fun for a 5-year-old girl? -Laurinda I have two basic categories for kids who already have a lot of toys: consumable/craft gifts and games that inspire imagination, and then toys get them outside and active–and can hopefully be stored in the garage! Oh, make that three...

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Animal art prints that don’t feel babyish – no pastels, no hair bows.

One of my favorite pieces to the puzzle of decorating a child’s space is art. It not only brings in personality and color, but great art can also can be used to stimulate your child’s imagination.  That is why I love these illustrations that perfectly balance artfulness and playfulness. Gingiber animal prints tell a story without being aggressive in their message–or their color-schemes. With all sorts of cute animals to choose from, several together on a wall would make a fantastic statement.                                                                Gingiber also carries adorable cushions, wall decals, paper goods and chalkboards.  If you decorate in themes, try...

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Minimalist posters from our favorite children’s stories

Love fairy tales and classic family movies but not interested in the commercial studio posters for your kids’ rooms? We’ve found just the answer. These gorgeously atmospheric and evocative posters from artist Christian Jackson are a beautiful way to decorate with the fairy tales you love and the sophisticated colors you might prefer. Each image perfectly condenses an entire story, like Mary Poppins above, into one iconic design that really opens up imagination options for kids of all ages. Your daughter loves Rapunzel, but good gravy, that’s a lot of lavender and pink. Instead of decals and licensed characters,...

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Take a hike, kid.

Keep it simple is my personal motto. So l get an extra kick when I see simple meet clever. And a little bit of cute doesn’t hurt either.  Canadian “picturemaker” Terry Irwin achieves all of the above with his funky retro vibed prints and I am really digging these designs. This lil’ hiker print is a clear winner to jazz up a kids room. Makes you want to step out for a brisk morning walk and take on the day doesn’t it? I also happen to love Terry’s happy monster kids’ prints. That would solve some bedtime issues here. See? They are...

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Cool artwork for cool kids. And their cool parents too.

During one of my late night Etsy search sessions (Yes, I like to live dangerously), I happened upon this amazing artwork that I think would my kids would love just as much as I do. And that’s exactly the combination I’m looking to cover their walls with. And boy do they need covering. I’m having a hard time choosing which of the unique artwork by Matte Stephens that I like most. For my kids, I’m really digging the Adventurer’s Club (left), which I think is pretty fantastic for a boys (or girls) room, or even a playroom. But for me, I’ve got my eye...

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The perfect pre-K gift for your new graduate (sniffle)

I didn’t expect to have tears streaming down my face at the very idea that my baby girl would soon graduate from pre-K, but here I am–and here they are. How did she get so big? But despite the unexpected sniffles and “but she was just born two days ago!” feelings, I’m every inch the proud mama–especially because she’s so proud. So I was happy to find the perfect pre-K gift for my new little graduate. Meet the Crayola Doodlebag at Two Blue Peas. The cool bag is filled with chalk, an eraser, crayons, a pad of paper, and a...

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Original art for you or the kiddos. Maybe both. At the same time.

Our love of Minted goes way back to their inception. A card shop that’s all about supporting indie artists? Right up our alley. Of course their roster of artists is so talented, it was only a matter of time before customers started asking for their artwork in slightly bigger sizes than your average greeting card. Say, wall art size? And behold–here they are. The new original art prints at Minted range from stylish and modern, to romantic abstractions, some original photography, even quotes that you won’t mind hanging on a kitchen wall or over a desk. It’s a lot...

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Maurice Sendak lives, through some of the best books ever

Live your life. Live your life. Live your life. That quote is from Maurice Sendak’s last interview on NPR. We’re so sad that the great curmudgeon, writer, and artist has passed away, but his books will live on in our hearts–and bookshelves–forever. In fact, we’ve all been reminiscing about our favorite books, pages, illustrations or lines from the brilliant author/illustrator. Here are our very favorites that Sendak both wrote and illustrated. We fondly remember them all today. Where the Wild Things AreArguably Sendak’s greatest masterpiece, every single page of this Caldecott-winner comes to life before you’ve even read a word....

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Some alphabet art is more equal than other alphabet art

Alphabet art is everywhere, as Cool Mom Picks readers surely know. We’ve covered dozens of interpretations of the alphabet from all kinds of artists, but there’s always room for another. Especially when it’s this cool. Boo and You is a brand new children’s wall art website based in Sydney Australia.  The website features personalized and non-personalized prints of all kinds, but I was completely taken with their alphabet prints.  They each have a cute theme created by whimsical images and soft colors.  You can select your own color scheme and each print is hand signed by the artist.                                 ...

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You oughta draw on pictures

From the moment they could successfully maneuver a crayon, my kids have loved open-ended coloring books like Taro Gomi’s finish-the-picture Scribbles book. So, it’s no surprise that they adore a new rules-free coloring book with an interesting twist: Instead of finishing drawings, they are actually invited to draw around photos. {keep reading for your chance to win a copy} Created by photographer and teacher M.J. Bronstein, Fotoplay! is a fun blend of realism and fantasy, with enough pages to keep even the most productive artists busy for many rainy days or on long summer road trips. Each one of...

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3 new monthly gift subscriptions for kids that keep on giving

With three kids and an ever-growing number of nieces and nephews, it seems like I’m on the lookout for a “wow” birthday gift every month, and a monthly gift subscription is always a great idea. In the past, we’ve lauded the genius of Kiwi Crate craft projects, or the Little Passports “pen pal” subscription series for future travelers. Now, there are 3 more monthly gift subscriptions for kids as young as three that will have your recipient thinking you are the coolest gift-giver ever. Over and over again. -Christina BABBABOX SUBSCRIPTIONS The new BabbaBox from BabbaCo is a super-special...

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Preserving kids’ artwork has never been so pretty (or organized)

You should see my car–or actually, you shouldn’t. It’s filled to the brim with my daughter’s preschool artwork, which gets hastily shoved onto the passenger seat during the always-harried pickup time. It’s a mountain of artwork, really, but I believe I’ve found the perfect way to conquer it–without transferring the mountain to an already-overflowing-with-art house. Plum Print will take your kids’ paintings, doodles, and construction paper creations and turn it all into an absolutely gorgeous coffee table book from children’s artwork. The company professionally digitizes as few as 20 pieces of art–or as many as 220–and arranges them onto high-quality...

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Yes, girls like dinosaurs too.

Both of my kids were huge dinosaur fans from the moment they discovered the magic of the enormous T. Rex at the Museum of Science in Boston. One look at those glinty eyes and tiny hands, and they were hooked. And while I was able to find a lot of plastic, rubber and wooden dinos to fit the bill for for playtime, I quickly discovered that even dinosaurs reside in a mostly gender-specific universe. Recently, a reader asked us to track down dinosaur dresses for girls, and for those of you nodding your heads vigorously in agreement, I’m happy to...

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The next big fashion designer: your kid

The greatest thing about kid’s fashion is not only can kids get away with being whimsical but they can make statements that adults can’t necessarily make.  My daughter has a tutu skirt that she pairs with neon-green-polka-dotted leggings.  Enough said? If your kid wants to DIY in the clothing department, here’s a really wonderful new option. My Milk and Hunny designed a t-shirt for Petite Parade’s Vogue Kids Fashion Week in a collaboration with the non-profit organization Free Arts NYC, which offers educational arts and mentoring program to underserved kids. Grab this cute tee, and your own kids can...

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Electric Mayhem Band touring posters. 1975 was a very good year.

With so many kids having rediscovered Muppet Mania with the release of the new Muppet Movie this past year, it’s not surprising that everyone’s  favorite Henson creations are making a big pop culture comeback. Our latest discovery–Michalel dePippo’s awesome vintage style silkscreen prints. These vintage Muppet posters take on the Electric Mayhem band’s “1975 tour” in a very adult way, but one that kids will still get a kick out of. They’re limited edition silkscreens in editions of just 250, so of course Dr. Teeth,  Animal and Zoot Sax are sold out (wah!) but I’m holding out hope that...

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Natural craft supplies that are as beautiful as what your kids create

As a mom, some of my fondest moments with my kids are creating arts and crafts together.  I’ve never met a kid that doesn’t like to get their little hands involved in a project–all the more reason I care about what ends up on those little hands. Introducing GLOB, makers of creative and beautiful craft supplies that are naturally made. The  paints and crayons all come from natural and biodegradable materials–even the paint cups are compostable.  So my kids will not only get a lesson in art, but one in conservation.   I also love that GLOB specializes in botanically crafted...

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Ernie? Is that you?

If you’re a Sesame Street fan, like the entire world happens to be, it’s kind of hard to resist a modern, deconstructed graphic interpretation of Ernie and Bert for your kids’ walls.           Artist Tom Pastrano reinvents everyone’s favorite Sesame Street roomates as modern Ernie and Bert posters. The 18×24 limited edition screenprints are yours for just $30. Which means they’re perfect paired together, same as they’ve been for four decades years on the show. What? They’re just friends. –Liz Find “The Streets” posters online from Symbol Society and hurry! When they’re gone they’re gone. [h/t andamos armados,...

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