Outside The Box Creation

  • Want To Do Art With Your Kids But Afraid of the Mess?

    I often hear from moms that they’d love to do art with their kids but are afraid of the mess! Do you hesitate to do art with your kids because of this? I totally get it! My mom was a clean freak when I was growing up; and I felt that her inability to allow …

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  • Avoid Summer Slide Learning Loss

    Easy Ways to Avoid Summer Slide

    Have you heard of the summer slide? I’m not talking about a playground slide, but rather a slide downward that kids tend to make in learning during the summer. It is sometimes called summer brain drain, summer setback, or summer learning loss. These names all refer to the phenomena that many children begin the next school year …

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  • Secular Homeschool Podcast

    Homeschool Together Podcast

    Our Founder & CEO, Beth Herrild, was just interviewed by Matthew & Arial Buza, a working mom & stay at home dad who help homeschoolers navigate the complex & dynamic world of secular homeschooling with a focus on early learners and gameschooling! Here’s what they said about the interview: “Art education can play a critical …

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  • Art Supplies for Kids

    What basic supplies should I get if I want to do art with my kids?

    I’m often asked: “What basic supplies should I get if I want to do art with my kids?” This question comes up a lot with parents wanting to do homeschool art and parents who see the value in giving their kids an art education. The answer depends on your purpose. Do you want to give …

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  • Making Kids Art Projects More Eco Friendly

    Making Kids Art Projects More Eco-Friendly

    As an artist and a business owner, I think a lot about how to be as environmentally conscious as possible. We’re always thinking about how to create more kids’ eco-friendly art projects! Like many of you, no doubt, it often feels like we are trying to choose the lesser of the evils. But I believe …

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  • Kids Felt Craft

    Should you do art or crafts with your kids?

    Should you do art or crafts with your kids? Have you ever found an art project on Pinterest and then realized that it was really more of a craft? Granted, there are always gray areas, but all you have to do is Google art projects for kids or craft projects and it’s immediately apparent how …

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    7 Ways to Add Creativity to Your Child’s Day!

    First, let’s talk about what creativity is and isn’t. It IS the forming and implementation of original thoughts and ideas. Creativity IS NOT about being a great artist or an amazing chef, although chances are those people are using their creativity on a daily basis. According to Robert S. Root-Bernstein & Michele Root-Bernstein, co-authors of …

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  • Unusual turkey 2020

    Thanksgiving Themed Art from Other Difficult Years

    Turns out tough times make for great art! Let’s look at Thanksgiving themed art from some other difficult years.

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  • Art, Perfectionism, & Your Child

    One of the questions I am frequently asked by parents is “What do I do to help my child enjoy art? He is a perfectionist and is constantly tearing up his paper because he thinks it’s no good!” So, when it comes to art, what can you, as a parent do to help? Here are some useful tips. First, be mindful of your own self-talk and modeling.

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    Gaining Confidence & Getting Creative With Your Child

    “We are far more colorful, far more creative, and far more charismatic than we know.” – Julie Cameron Are you intimidated by the thought of teaching art to your child? Are you worried because you think you aren’t artsy or don’t have enough knowledge about art? Don’t worry about it, in fact, you are uniquely …

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