My kids are crazily prolific crafters. At any given moment, bits and pieces of half finished art projects could be covering at least 2/3 of my not-so-huge New York City apartment.
I buy construction paper by the ream, glue and tape in multi-packs and googly eyes in numbers that I don’t even want to think about.
That’s one of the many reasons that it’s nice when my kids decide to use things like empty egg cartons, wire coat hangers and toilet paper rolls to create some of their masterpieces–it saves money, gives them another outlet with which to be creative and leaves and opening for a good lesson about recycling and saving the earth.
For me, screen time for my kids is a guilty pleasure…for me. In a perfect world, I would be on task all of the time–the happy smiling mom with a list of fun projects for us all to do together. And, a lot of the time, I am that mom. Sometimes, however, even Super Mom (which I do not purport to be) needs a break.
The trick is to balance the need for a few moments of peace and quiet (which screen time almost always provides) with really good content. I was excited to view a few episodes of Creative Galaxy with my kids, because I really think that this series provides both. This new series, created and produced by Angela Santomero (of Blue’s Clues and Super Why fame) follows Arty, a creative preschool alien, as he, together with his family and his shape shifting pet, Epiphany, travels through a universe of Art-related planets and craftily fix problems in his life with art.
Some before, during and after pics of my NYC neighborhood over the last day or two. Not necessarily in order, because it’s all kinda been a blur. Thank goodness we were lucky enough just to have to deal with howling winds, a swaying building and stir crazy children who were stuck inside for about 36 hours. Except for some flickering lights and spotty phone service, we even had electricity throughout.
Prayers for those who are dealing with much worse.
My kids love to dress up in costumes. It doesn’t really matter whether it’s Halloween, Purim or just a plain old Tuesday…they are likely to be dripping with Mardi Gras beads, wearing a cape, a pair of butterfly wings or any number of silly hats.
Since we go through so many costumes, and we’re all pretty crafty around here, I really loved the idea of looking through the Cookie’s Kids website to choose some clothes out of which I could create another costume to add to our dress up arsenal.