Creative Education

Creativity Loves Limits – Good News for Creative Moms
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Creativity Loves Limits – Good News for Creative Moms

  “The enemy of art is the absence of limitation.” – Orson Welles.  This is for you, artist moms. Do you need some good news today?  Let me tell you about an artist I just discovered on the TED screen.  His name is Phil Hansen, and he is pretty dang incredible.  As an art student,…

Loose Parts – The Ultimate Learning Toys
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Loose Parts – The Ultimate Learning Toys

Am I the only one who spends hours reading toy reviews and guides at Christmas or birthday time – determined to find the ultimate toy for my kids and my pocketbook? I’m always sure I’ll find that perfect toy that will engage my kid’s minds and bodies and make them magically want to leave their ever…

How Time In Nature Helps Me Be A Better Mom
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How Time In Nature Helps Me Be A Better Mom

  We all want it.  That deep assurance that “today I truly connected with my child”.  That knowing smile between mother and child; the shared experience carved deep in our hearts and minds. It can be so elusive in our distraction-filled world.  But I have found a secret to making those moments happen more often…

The Art Habit for Moms – My New FREE Course
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The Art Habit for Moms – My New FREE Course

I hear myself saying to my daughter for what feels like the sixty-fourth time today, “You need to practice.  The more you practice, the better you’ll get”. I stop in my tracks and listen.  The voice in my head says, “Dear Hannah, YOU need to take your own advice”. Making Art a Priority As moms, we encourage…

Our Favorite Nature Study Tools
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Our Favorite Nature Study Tools

  You don’t really need much to enjoy nature, but sometimes it’s fun to invest in a few supplies that can make the experience more memorable and enjoyable.  Here is a list of our family’s favorite nature study tools.  I’ll add to it as we find new things (because we are always finding new things!). There…

How American Girl Helped My Kids Love Reading and History
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How American Girl Helped My Kids Love Reading and History

  Our love affair with the American Girl books started with a desire to get the twins excited about reading on their own, for fun. I wanted to find something that would keep their interest and make them want to come back for more. My cousin (who is just enough ahead of me in this parenting…

How the Amazon Echo is Saving My Sanity
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How the Amazon Echo is Saving My Sanity

  Am I really doing a whole post about this electronic device? Yes, yes I am.  I am not on the Echo advertising team (although I should be…I tell everyone about this!). I just had to share.  I‘m always looking for ways to simplify so I can have more reserves for creativity.  This little device really…

Why Your Child Needs Unstructured PLAY
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Why Your Child Needs Unstructured PLAY

Here at Lily and Thistle, we talk a lot about art and nature. In all of my research, I’ve found that the foundation of creativity and happiness for kids is PLAY.  Do you remember what it felt like to play as a kid?  I’m talking about real play, the kind initiated and driven by kids.  Building tree…

8 Ways Service Can Help Your Kids Become Awesome Adults
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8 Ways Service Can Help Your Kids Become Awesome Adults

I’m always looking for ways to reverse the damage I’m pretty sure I’m doing on a daily basis over here (kidding…kind of). I talk a lot about creativity and nature and how both of these things have really made my job as a parent easier. But, did you ever stop and think that regular, consistent…

How Community Service Changed Our Homeschool
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How Community Service Changed Our Homeschool

My parents tried to teach me that service to those in my congregation and community is at the heart of a happy life. I have been lucky to have that example and habit in my life from the beginning. And although we are not always the best at it, Jeff and I are trying to do…