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Art School | The Story of My Life

Monday, September 14th, 2015

Love this project that lets kids tell the story of their lives

Time is such a funny thing for kids to wrap their heads around. As kids get older they learn about sequencing and chronology. The elementary school years offer wonderful opportunities for this idea to be reinforced. What happens first, next, and last? Today, we have a fun timeline project that helps kids look back at their life and put events in order.

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Simple Frames for Your Child’s Artwork

Tuesday, April 17th, 2012

Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.
—Pablo Picasso

The refrigerator is a great place to display your children’s artwork. But for really special pieces, try framing them. Here’s a super simple and inexpensive way to showcase your child’s art in your home.


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The Issues Tab

Sunday, January 22nd, 2012

Have you ever clicked on the Issues tab up there in the header? No?! Well, you’re in for a special treat. Click on over for some great Sunday reading. You’ll find thoughtful essays, beautiful photos, projects for the kids and more. Happy Sunday!

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Super Cool Holiday Gift for Spies: Hollow Book

Tuesday, December 13th, 2011

Long time readers know we’re lovers of spy games and stuff. For newbies to Classic Play, here’s a link to get you caught up: Impromptu Spy Games for when you’re shopping for a car, furniture, suit or other excruciatingly boring thing. (more…)

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Giving Children a Gift of Art

Wednesday, November 16th, 2011

Owning a piece of work made by an independent artist is a remarkable thing. Especially, for a kid. It’s inspiring to hold something knowing that at one point, the artist did too. There’s a connection. We become patrons. That’s pretty incredible when you think about it, isn’t it?

In a world of big boxiness, I am grateful for those who soften the corners for us and our kids. Here are a few of my favorites:

klt:works | courtney courtney
Anorak Magazine | Mod Tots

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Get Your Art On!

Tuesday, November 15th, 2011

Art doesn’t need to be perfect, nor does it need to conform to a certain standard. That’s the beauty of it. Oftentimes, art is simply a vehicle for exploration and experimentation (ie. “play”ing around). Below are some of my favorite experimental art projects we’ve done here on Classic Play.

Some of these projects challenge your child to think about materials in a new way (cork, paper bag project). Others offer a glimpse into how your child sees the world (self-portrait napkins, give a kid a camera). A few will strengthen your child’s fine motor skills (tee shirt design, painting). Then there are those cleverly embedded with multiple lessons, like planning and science (make your own play mat, pH painting). The rest? Well, they’re just for fun.

self portrait napkin | cork figures | watercolor masks
masquerade masks | tee-shirt design | watercolor flowers
make your own play mat | pH painting | hat making
give a kid a camera | vehicle design | paper bag challenge

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Family Field Trip | Sunsets & Stargazing

Thursday, November 10th, 2011

I don’t care for this turning the clocks back stuff. It gets dark way too early. By the time the kids finish their homework, they only have an hour or so to play outside before it’s pitch black.

But what can I do? I suppose I could go all Arizona or Hawaii and just not recognize time changes. I’d show up an hour late everywhere. When people said, “You’re late!” I’d respond, “No. I’m right on time.” (more…)

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Family Field Trip: A Walk In the Woods

Monday, November 7th, 2011

photos by Dave K Cooper

This weekend the fall foliage was beautiful and the weather just right, which meant it was perfect for a walk in the woods.

Lucky for us, we have some lovely state parks nearby that have babbling brooks, large gray rocks, tall trees, and pretty easy hiking. (more…)

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