Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Mothers and Creativity

In Honor of Those Who Mother Us 
and Inspire Our Creativity!


Martha Alexander used soft pencil and watercolor for her illustrations.  Her illustrations capture childhood beautifully and magically.  James Rumford met Martha when she was in her eighties, before she passed away.  She left the manuscript for Max and the Dumb Flower Picture with James Rumford.  He finished Martha's illustrations for the book.  I am very grateful he did!

Martha has two children, eight grandchildren, and ten great-grandchildren!
Max and the Dumb Flower Picture is a wonderful reminder that we must cultivate creativity in our children.  Max defiantly defends his creativity by designing his own beautiful flower picture for Mother's Day.  His creativity inspires his whole class and his teacher!

Max reminds me of a friend of mine.  We always talk about how I was the kind of kid who colored everything the way it was supposed to be with the right colors.  She was the complete opposite.  She colored pictures with almost every color in the box and it never looked the same as any other picture.  I do not know if there is any correlation; but, as an adult, she has become much more creative than I am in every category from cooking to clothing to crafts!  So to be on the safe side, I try to encourage my son's creativity as much as possible! 
 Here are some ideas to spark creativity!
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Apex Art has a post of kindergarten art work based upon paper mosiacs and watercolor flowers that is simply adorable.


Impressionist Marker Paintings

Dick Blick offers many creative lesson plans for students.  This lesson encourages students' creativity by using markers in painting impressionism.
Impressionistic Marker Painting

Flower Snacks 
My 5-year-old loves when I make him these "special" snacks with his favorite fruit.  Spoonful has a truly creative flower fruit snack!
Flowers Made of Fruit 
Kings Foods offers another creative snack that children will enjoy.
  Tortilla flower snack for kids 
Butterfly Cupcakes
Martha Stewart provides a thorough tutorial for creating these glorious butterfly cupcakes.  These certainly can spark our creativity and would be great for Mother's Day!

MoMA Apps 
The Museum of Modern Art in NY has its own Apps and Websites for children and families.  Children of all ages can use the Art Lab App to create their own art!

Art Museums
Bank of America offers free admission to local museums.  They have 150 cultural institutions participating in 94 cities in 31 states across the United States. Many local art museums have classes for all age groups, including special events and activities for "Mommy and Me", and homeschooling groups.

Quiet Art Space
For children like Max, who need a private, quiet place to create their works of art, House to Home offers a wonderful solutionThis takes a small footprint, but offers a lot of versatility.

Child's work area | Children's rooms | Design ideas | Image | Housetohome 

 We wish all Mothers and all of you who inspire creativity in our children a very 
Happy Mothers' Day!
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  1. Hi Karen,
    A very informative post with lots of ideas. I like ideas for kiddies snacks in particular and those cupcakes are adorable, aren't they? Thanks for sharing at my HOME and Happy Mother's Day weekend.


  2. SO many fun ideas!! first time stopping by- Hope you link to my party every week-

  3. Thank you! We will definitely link to you party!


  4. Great ideas! Happy (belated) Mother's Day to you :) Thanks for sharing with us at Share It Saturday!
    Colleen at