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Art Stop: Stick Around

ART STOP RANDOM ACTS OF BEAUTY: STICK AROUND On most hikes, my youngest kiddo picks up a stick along the trail. He’ll search around and toss a few until he finds the one that fits his mood best. Within steps after finding the staff that will lead us, a transformation begins; his shirt comes off and his inner warrior comes out. It’s a right we all have, but one children still know how to exercise. We hike a lot, so we have a lot of sticks and other randoms from the paths we’ve explored … and, yes, we tend to...

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ART STOP: COFFEE CAN STILTS- Cheap Entertainment

ART STOP COFFEE CAN STILTS “CHEAP ENTERTAINMENT” Grandpa, whose house we spent our summers at when we were kids, would never cease to amaze me with what he could do with an empty coffee can. All in the name of “Cheap Entertainment”, a phrase he coined and has become a part of our family’s vernacular. Coffee can stilts are an “oldie but goody” to try on long summer days. Once they’re made the kids will spend hours playing with them! WHAT YOU NEED: 2 coffee cans with lids. The wider mouthed the better. The larger circumference is easier on feet....

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Art Stop: Spool Racers

ART STOP SPOOL RACERS Ladies and Gentleman wind your engines! Many times at family gatherings  a bunch of adults are sitting around talking  leaving the kids aching for constructive entertainment at Grandmas. If the Grandma in your life is anything like our GG and Granny, she’s sure to have these ART STOP supplies in her arsenal! This is also an easy one to pack in a suitcase if your’re traveling. Cousins have fun building, decorating and racing them together and often times an uncle or two can’t resist getting in on the action. WHAT YOU NEED: An empty thread...

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Art Stop: Solid As A Rock

ART STOP SOLID AS A ROCK When we think about love, two words come to mind: sweet and solid. This month’s ART STOP is a tribute to both! Rock candy: an artful kitchen-science project. The whole process takes about 3 weeks. As your creations are forming, your rock-candy will look beautiful lined up in a window — or any place that keeps them out of potential harm’s way while the delicate crystals are forming, but makes it easy for daily check-ins.) A sure-fire way to win the hearts of any kiddo. WHAT YOU NEED: saucepan 1 cup water 3 cups...

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I Spy: Art Museum Adventure

I SPY: ART MUSEUM ADVENTURE By Kim Allen Niesen Kiddos exploring Huguette Caland at the MADE IN LA exhibit at the Los Angeles Hammer Museum Art is the perfect catalyst for thinking and conversing about all kinds of topics. Young or old, art speaks to us, but how can we hear what it has to say? Here are a few tips to start any art excursion on the right foot. No Experience Required. You don’t have to look at art accompanied by an expert to explain it to you, nor become one yourself. There are all types of ways...

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