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The Artful Parent: Simple Ways to Fill Your Family's Life with Art and Creativity--Includes over 60 Art Projects for Children Ages 1 to 8

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Bring out your children’s creativity and imagination with more than 60 kids' art activities from the creator of

Art making is a wonderfully fun way for young children to tap into their imagination, deepen their creativity, and explore new materials, all while strengthening their fine motor skills and developing self-confidence.The Artful Parenthas all
Paperback, 304 pages
Published April 9th 2013 by Roost Books
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Aug 23, 2015 Kelli rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2015-not-fiction
My children attended a nature preschool and one of the most glaring differences I noticed was that the artwork displayed in the kitchens of others was close to perfect, whereas ours was messy and frequently unrecognizable. One of the teachers at our preschool held an art degree. It was she that explained to me (what this book explains) the value of art as a vehicle of creativity, exploration, discovery and hands-on learning. I have spent time every week of their lives coming up with crafts or ...more
Christina Katz
Jul 07, 2013 Christina Katz rated it it was amazing
The message of this book is win-win-win: encourage your children to express their creativity, become more creatively inspired yourself, and transform the world and the future in the process.

From a parent's point of view, this book is a treasure trove of instruction, advice and lessons on helping kids express themselves in a myriad of creative ways. After reading this book, my only wish was that I could become a child again so that I could have a parent who owned this book and followed the sugges
Zina Harrington
Feb 02, 2015 Zina Harrington rated it it was amazing
This book was excellent and beyond inspiring.
Feb 28, 2013 Heather rated it liked it
As an art teacher and someone who strives to make art a priority in my home, I was very excited to review this book.

First, let me tell you a bit about the author and where this book got its start.

Jean Van't Hul is a blogger with an obvious passion for art. Her blog has been featured in FamilyFun magazine and her writing has appeared all over the web and in some print work too.

Her perspective on art is very refreshing. She approaches art in a friendly, child-focused way that emphasizes process
Oct 17, 2015 Cathleen rated it it was amazing
What a WONDERFUL craft book for kids and the endless supply of homemade art supplies makes this book a MUST have for all families. Thank you for letting us review your book my kids can't wait to start! :-) She also has many references of web sites for children's activities. What can I say I love this book. We home school 9 of our kids and I was always at a lose for art projects. Thank you sooooo much!
Jul 15, 2013 Maggie rated it it was amazing
There are so many things to love about this book - the beautiful, inviting photography, the practical-yet-not-predictable ideas for materials and projects, the realistic approach to helping children create art, and the helpful resource suggestions. Maybe best of all, this book swayed me more in the direction of leading process-oriented art rather than the usual adult-centric product-oriented creations. We'll be using this book as an art curriculum of sorts for the preschool years.
Aug 04, 2013 Marianna rated it it was amazing
Shelves: art, books-read2013
One of the best books I've seen on creativity with children. The projects are all completely accessible and engaging.
Maggie Hall
Sep 04, 2013 Maggie Hall rated it really liked it
Helpful ideas for getting kids messy and learning with art projects, great and small. Loved the little projects interspersed with the authors lists of supplies for different aged kids.
Jun 08, 2015 Heather rated it really liked it
Gives great information about different developmentally appropriate art/craft ideas and ways to incorporate art into daily life.
Jun 30, 2015 Jamie rated it really liked it
Her philosophy of being an artful parent is one we already follow at our house, but there were lots of fun ideas to try!
Dec 17, 2013 Becky rated it liked it
This book was full of ideas on bringing art into every day life. I liked how the author acknowledged that being a parent is very busy work but bringing art into your childs life is rewarding choice that takes effort! My main problem is the mess. I don't like the mess art brings and I think I have projected that dislike onto my children ( My 5 yr old gets upset when the colors mix on his paints) unfortunately. I decided to read this book because I know that art IS important and for ideas on how ...more
Sarah Fisher
Aug 28, 2015 Sarah Fisher rated it liked it
I picked this book up because it focuses on process art for young children at home. I see a lot of reviewers skimming over the "process art" factor. And that is the reason I gravitated to this book in the first place. So many other resources for young kids focus on projects that kids copy and there's a "right" end result. Process art is more about exploring materials and tools, creating for the fun of creating and is not so focused on the end result. That's the kind of art experience I want to ...more
Ruth Ann
In addition to this book, the author writes a blog called The Artful Parent. Though the book includes many recipes and ideas for projects for children ages one through eight, what I like best about this book is that the author encourages parents to take an artful approach to all of life. For example, expand creativity by conducting science experiments. Take a nature walk, examining the veins in leaves or the bark on the trees in order to improve ones powers of observation. When baking, start ...more
Oct 24, 2012 Beckey rated it it was amazing
The Artful Parent is chockfull of crafting ideas for parents of young children as well as other tips to communicate and interesting information. I really found this book to be an enjoyable read and have many ideas that I can utilize for not only my three year old but my older daughters as well (10 & 12). The book may be geared towards the younger children but the older one will enjoy ideas as well.
A few of the crafting activities I have done prior to reading about them in the book but there
Apr 15, 2015 Vivian rated it really liked it
Perusing this book was highly self-affirming for me -- I might actually have done something right as a mom! I hadn't realized how much I took for granted my convictions that art and creativity are important developmentally as well as just plain fun!

For those who are "in the fray" of motherhood--surrounded by chaos, noise, and energy -- take a few minutes to look through this book and / or other books like it. There are so many ideas, not to mention assurances that it is worth the time and troubl
Miriam Snyder
Apr 26, 2014 Miriam Snyder rated it really liked it
As someone who likes to muck around with paint and enjoys art, this book was an enjoyable read and one I have gone back to many times for ideas and inspiration. Many projects fall into my "too messy for inside on a busy day" category but are things I keep my kids busy with in the summer months outside. As a home school mom, there are projects and "creative play" ideas I like for the little siblings that want to "do school" but aren't quite ready yet. This is not an instructional book on drawing ...more
Penny McGill
Feb 24, 2014 Penny McGill rated it really liked it
Wow. I think we've outgrown the topic of this book. It's very sad. I was keen to bring it home and did enjoy reading it but once we'd finished it off, Alice and I said that the projects were all things we had done before - making our own paint, splatter painting like Pollock, making our own crayons (which we still do because it is just a delightful little activity with such satisfying results).

So, I highly recommend this book to parents of babies and toddlers. It will inspire you to think ahead
abigail thomas king
Feb 23, 2014 abigail thomas king rated it really liked it
Shelves: parenting
I really enjoyed this book. For the non-artistic parent, Van't Hul opened up the definition of art/creativity, making it seem easier to achieve in ordinary, busy life. She also gave lots of concrete ways to introduce even the smallest people to the (a?) creative process, and these days practical tips help a lot.

The only reason it's not a five star book for me is because, although the cover claims there are lots of projects for ages 1-8, the majority seem to fall in the 3+ category. I understand
Catherine Gillespie
Jan 31, 2015 Catherine Gillespie rated it liked it
Shelves: parenting, art
Until recently, if you had asked me whether or not I’m an “artful parent” I’d have said no. I mean, my kids draw stuff and cut stuff up and tape it back together and whatnot, but I don’t break out the paints all the time, nor do I allow glitter. But one thing I really liked about The Artful Parent: Simple Ways to Fill Your Family’s Life with Art and Creativity–Includes over 60 Art Projects for Children Ages 1 to 8 was the author’s emphasis on art being more than just making messes. It is about ...more
Jun 07, 2014 Lindsey rated it it was amazing
Shelves: parenting
This is a really great book on a subject I'm passionate about. I've been reading the author's blog for years and her ideas have inspired me to integrate art into our daily lives. Because I was familiar with her ideas, not a lot of the book was new information for me and at times it seemed repetitive, but it was good to re-read it to get renewed inspiration and remember some of our favorite art projects. The book begins with reasons to make art and creativity part of your family's life then goes ...more
Terri Lynn
I had a mom who was an artist/craftswoman (in addition to running a bookstore with Dad) and from the time I was a toddler, we did artsy craftsy stuff. As a mother and as a Scout leader, volunteer with kids, and educator, I have read a lot about arts and crafts and done a shocking amount of them alone or with kids. I like this book- I read her blog- but for me, this was old news. Nothing stood out as original, exciting, or special. It was all stuff I've done with kids but for those who haven't ...more
Kara Thomas
Oct 27, 2014 Kara Thomas rated it it was amazing
"Educators tell us that art encourages fine motor skills, neural development, and problem-solving abilities and that it can be used effectively to teach and understand other key subjects such as reading, writing, math, and science. Therapists tell us that art is valuable because it allows children to process their world, to deal with sometimes scary emotions in a safe way, and because it gives them critical sensory input."

I really enjoyed this book. Reading about the benefits of art, the differ
Sep 04, 2014 Dana rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction
Fantastic guide to art-with-kids! Fun and truly creative ideas to do at home, at school, outside, with large groups of children, or with your own children in your own home. This book briefly dives into why allowing children to express themselves through acts of art is so important for the development of their personalities and minds. Truly a great, basic guide for teachers, parents, librarians, art students, or anyone who enjoys creating art with children! Without a doubt, we will be adding this ...more
Apr 22, 2014 Rachel rated it it was amazing
I want to start by saying that I don't have any kids but I'd like to someday. That being said I think this book looks like it has a lot of neat ideas. It has a lot of information about setting up an art space and building a collection of good art supplies over time. Almost all of the projects include information about how to adapt the idea for use with kids of different ages or skill levels. The book also includes ideas for outdoor and group art projects as well as suggestions for displaying and ...more
Feb 05, 2016 Charlotte rated it it was amazing
Shelves: education
I really enjoyed this book. It's one of the ones it would be great to own because there's no way I'll be able to do all the fun ideas in the time I have it from the library. Other things I liked about it were suggestions of favorite art supplies with brands and books to read about art and recipes to make paint, etc. This also had some fun projects that seem totally doable that I've never known about. I want to remember this book when I need a good art project.
Jun 28, 2014 Billie rated it liked it
Most of this book you can find on the author’s blog or on Pinterest. That being said, she does have some really good ideas on how to incorporate art projects into your life daily and how to set up a nice little art center for the kids. Also includes science experiments and language development suggestions. I am glad I bought this because of all the ‘recipes’ for homemade paints, clay etc. I know that I can find it online but it’s nice to have it easily accessible in print.
Jun 10, 2014 Karen rated it really liked it
Included this book in our public library collection for those parents who are looking for information to enjoy arts/crafts at home. This well organized, simple, pictures included book allows the creativity to flow on each page. I especially like the cover showing the mom/parent enjoying the art moment with the children. This appears to be the theme throughout the book.
Jul 22, 2013 Kelly rated it it was amazing
This is such a wonderful book for anyone who wants to do art with children. I am excited to implement the ideas she suggests in the book for our children and make being creative an ordinary part of our lives. She not only gives artful suggestions but suggests supplies and the reasoning behind it all. I have greatly appreciated the insights from this book and I am excited to add it to our library
Jan 26, 2014 Claudia rated it it was amazing
Shelves: parenting
Not only do I love this book, my toddler daughter does, too! I keep it out on a table in our living room and she'll page through it, come to a picture that engages her, and inquire about what it is and how we might do the same project. It's fabulous. Van't Hul provides lists of recommended art supplies, which as a new mom I really appreciated. Lots to do....
Jan 09, 2015 Alisa rated it it was amazing
LOVE this book! It was so fun to see how to incorporate art and the benefits of art into your children and family's live. Giving it five stars, which I hardly ever do, which means at some point I would like to own a copy myself. So many great ideas and specific instructions as well as fun ways to incorporate creative thinking in life.
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