Outside The Box Creation

  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • art & gratitude for kids

    Art & Gratitude; An Award Winning Combo

    Art & gratitude What an award winning combo! Thanksgiving is a great time to engage in gratitude activities with kids. Paring art and gratitude is a win-win: Art sets the stage for kids developing the seeds of gratitude, self-confidence and empathy. It also allows them to feel invested in what they’re making in a deeply …

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  • We’re Looking for A Few Awesome Brand Ambassadors

    Are you a homeschooling mom, an art docent, or a purposeful parent who loves creating art with your kids? Then we’d love to talk to you! Let’s create a win-win partnership. We’re looking for a few awesome people to be Brand Ambassadors. We’re offering a 3 month arrangement (with possibility to renew) for 50% off …

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  • Mom and son reading

    3 Awesome Books to Spark Your Child’s Imagination

    I design the monthly boxes for Outside the Box Creation. Each box includes a book to read to spark kids’ imaginations and set the stage for the art project. I try to choose books that are unique, somewhat less mainstream or even a little bit older, so that parents and kids are less likely to …

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    Success in Life STEMS from Art

    Have you noticed that many schools are promoting STEM to the exclusion, or at least minimization, of the arts? I firmly believe we must be promoting STEAM (science, technology, engineering, ART and math). And there are compelling reasons to do so despite the fact that the STEAM acronym has been slow to gain traction. Try …

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