Drats, FOILED Again: No Mess Craft Project Builds Creative Muscle

I babysat for my nephews a couple of days ago. Since I was coming from another meeting, I didn’t have my usual bag ‘o stuff. I always try to bring craft projects, experiments, books, whatever. Hey, I have a rep to protect as the “fun aunt.” But this time around…nothin’. Are we going to make […]

STEAM TRUNK CIRCUS Indiegogo Campaign

So excited about our new indiegogo campaign. Please click the link to see what it’s all about and support creativity in education! Please help us spread the word by sharing it directly from the Indiegogo page. Thanks!! Go to  http://bit.ly/15fsn3n    

A Very Cheesy Contest – Win a Copy of The Great Pizza Contest Book!

Ever been to the town of Mozzarella? You have if you’ve been to a live production of THE GREAT PIZZA CONTEST show or read the popular kids book by yours truly. It’s the cheesy tale of two feuding pizza makers, Vincent Van Dough and Leonardo Da Munchi. Vincent thinks the dough is the most important […]

Duct Tape Beach Bags

Featured Craft: Duct Tape Beach Bags You're going to need something to carry your beach reads in! This duct tape bag is tons of fun to make and a lot easier than you might think. (Check out the video below). At the end of the video, there's a variation that uses a zip lock bag […]

Story Trunks

Featured Craft: Story Trunks This trunk is easy and sooooo much fun to make. I was worried about the shoe polish at first, but it's really not too messy. It can stain clothes however, so be sure to use a smock.    Materials Masking Tape Tea Box (celestial seasonings-type of box or some other kind […]

Clothespin Alligator

Featured Creative Literacy Activity: Clothespin Alligator Read the book, then do the craft!      Monsieur Gator decides to cook up some gumbo just like his Maman used to make. But who will help him boil, catch, sprinkle, and chop? Certainly not rude Mademoiselle Possum, ornery Monsieur Otter, or sassy Madame Skunk. But when the […]

Batty for Books! Fruit Bat Craft

Featured Creative Literacy Activity:  Batty for Books! Fruit Bat Craft   Before you do this craft with kids, read Bats at the Library, Bats at the Beach, and/or Bats at the Ballgame by Brian Lies!           Materials One Sock -Light brown craft foam or felt -Small googly eyes -Three brown or black pipe […]

Water Balloon Yo-Yo

Featured Creative Literacy Activity:  Water Balloon Yo-Yo   The water balloon yo-you is fun summer activity for all ages.  Surprisingly, it doesn’t get too messy, and can be done indoors.  Make it a Creative Literacy project! Read the book THEN do the craft. Materials   9″ Balloon Extra Large Rubber Band (can be found at office […]

Bean There, Done That

FEATURED CREATIVE LITERACY ACTIVITY: Bean There, Done That   Here are two fun creative literacy activities to go along with The Lima Bean Monster by Dan Yaccarino.     Sammy hates lima beans despite the fact that he has never eaten a single one in his entire life. When he decides to bury them in a […]

Preventing the SUMMER SLIDE

FEATURED ARTICLE:  Preventing the SUMMER SLIDE   What is the “Summer Slide?”   A new theme park attraction? The latest dance craze? A tasty umbrella drink?    Unfortunately, no. The Summer Slide is synonymous with Summer Learning Loss, a phenomenon that has serious repercussions for many kids.   A study from Johns Hopkins University found that about two-thirds […]

Treasure Map

FEATURED ACTIVITY: Treasure Map   Before GPS, Google and smartphones, we had these things called…wait don’t tell me…it’s on the tip of my tongue…that’s right…MAPS!!!! This map is fun, easy and made with recycled paper grocery bags. Materials    Brown Paper Bag Markers Vegetable Oil Paper Towels  Directions Rip the paper until you have a […]

The Anti-Craft

The Anti-Craft: Thinking Outside The Bag   In the spirit of “open-ended” play, creativity and recycling, we’re going to do an anti-craft.  This is a project we did with librarians at one of our creative literacy workshops several years ago. It’s an activity designed to get the creative juices flowing!        Materials:  1. Paper Grocery Bag […]