The Dot Lesson Plan

International Dot Day, a celebration of creativity, courage and collaboration. THE DOT, by Peter Reynolds, 2003 This lesson plan celebrates International Dot Day with a student art exhibition based on the color study Farbstudie Quadrate, by the French Expressionist, Wassily Kandinsky, well known for his color theory. In honor of The Dot, students are introduced […]

Tie Dye Notebook

Back to school is a bittersweet time- the end of summer but the start of a new school year. Pick yourself up by making this “Tie-Dye” style notebook. What makes it great is that you don’t really need tie-dyeing supplies- and we avoid the mess by using tissue paper and shelf liner! Here’s what you […]

Recycled Drink Lid Jellyfish Craft

It’s the throes of summer and we are thinking today of the SEA! Can’t get to the ocean? Well, neither can we. But we CAN make a fun jellyfish craft using recycled materials. Most of the items you’ll need can be found around the house- even in the recycle bin! Just make sure all of […]

Inspire Creative Thinking

Kids are naturally creative and rarely encounter difficulty generating new ideas. Unfortunately, however, as we grow into adulthood our minds swirl with life, chores, work and everything in-between, which often squashes our opportunities for creative thinking. It even can seem that we’ve lost our natural ability to be creative. The good news is that your […]

DIY Shaving Cream Paint and Book Tutorial

How about some messy fun today? Did you know that you can make your own paint with only TWO ingredients- shaving cream and food coloring!  All you need for the paint is: shaving cream (and bonus- you can pick the scent you like!) standard kitchen food colors plastic cups – one for each color you […]

Boredom Makes Kids Successful

Boredom gets kids to use their imaginations. Everyone reading this article is familiar with boredom. It can gnaw at you and stretch out each minute of the clock. It makes you want to leave wherever you are and go someplace else ― anyplace else. Of course, it’s natural for parents to want to reduce their […]

Outdoor Chalk Art

The world is your canvas with Outdoor Chalk Art! Fun for outside, these super vibrant chalks will make your sidewalk sing! This Outdoor Chalk Art kit includes everything you need for hours of chalking fun; 12 bright chunky chalks, kneeling cushion, no pinch chalk grips, and blending tools. Get your friends and create! What to […]

Birthday Puzzle Card using paper napkins and craft sticks. 3-minute video shows you how!

It’s a fact- kids get asked to a LOT of birthday parties. And usually that means making or buying a card and a gift. Well this is a two-in-one- both a card AND a gift! And kiddos ages 7-13 will really enjoy making this for their friends or family birthdays! To make the Birthday Puzzle […]

Create Your World

Do you have a globe somewhere in your house, maybe in the garage or attic? Chances are good you haven’t looked at it lately. Globes can be fascinating, and they have a colorful history, but many people are now using their creativity to find ways of re-purposing globes. Working on these arts and crafts projects […]

Faber-Castell Social Responsibility

Long-term cooperation in Colombia The economically underdeveloped north of Colombia frequently suffered from flooding and poor harvests in the past due to overgrazing. Since 2011, Faber-Castell has been working with around 50 small farmers along the Rio Magdalena, who are planting over 2000 acres of forest for the company on part of their grazing land in […]

Earth Day Art Project

The goal of this exercise is for children to learn about the concept and use warm and cool colors in a watercolor painting of their own. The Faber-Castell Connector Paints are designed to click together in various creative combinations for interest and to encourage creativity. Materials: – Connector Paints – CLIC&GO Water Cup – Black […]

Earth Day Recycle Robot Project

Create your own robot using Faber-Castell Metallic Colored EcoPencils and Recycled Materials Robots are everywhere… if you have a creative mind, Faber-Castell Metallic Colored EcoPencils and a few other handy materials. Look around for the robot parts disguised as recyclable materials such as empty plastic containers, cardboard tubes and small boxes, plastic beads, caps from […]

Recycled City Earth Day Project

In honor of Earth Day gather a few items from the recycling bin and create art! Our activity is a great companion to Judith’s Viorst’s book Alexander, Who’s Not (Do You Hear Me?  I Mean It!)  Going to Move. You can read the book with your children and then use your recycled materials to create Alexander’s […]

paper flowers, kids crafts, coffee filter flowers, recycle crafts

Today we are raiding the kitchen cabinets and recycle bin for a fun project that everyone will love! Let’s make paper poppies and carnations!  For this project, most of what you’ll need is in the kitchen. coffee filters and/or baking cups food coloring recycled paper egg carton craft sticks scissors acrylic paint and paintbrush (optional) […]

Paper Plate Easter Crowns- fun and easy to make. Full instructions and video on CreativityConnection!

Easter is a fun time to celebrate family, faith and spring with crafts! This easy-to-make crown uses paper plates and can be completed in an hour or less. You can also get creative and change the “jewel” of the crown to a cross or a bunny, too! Let’s get started!   For this craft you will […]

Tina S_boys on ipad

While there are many advantages of easy access to technology, growing up in a technology-centered world can be harmful to kids’ normal creative development.  Screen time interferes with the important process of finding out about the world through hands-on play. Your child spending a lot of time on devices may be inevitable in this age, […]

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Welcome to the World of Creativity! The North American International Toy Fair, also known as “Toy Fair” is an annual event where hundreds of exhibitors launch new products in the toy industry. Closed to the public, this our opportunity to invite retailers and the press to see the hottest new products coming to the market. […]

How to Draw Pop Art Hearts

  HOW TO DRAW A POP ART HEART WHAT YOU’LL NEED: • Faber-Castell 9” x 12” Doodling Pad or white paper/card stock • Faber-Castell Washable Broadline Jumbo Markers • POP ART Art Samples (Faber-Castell Pop Art Hearts) Draw curved lines on bottom of paper with black marker Draw sun and sun’s rays (straight lines extend off paper) Draw a […]

Faber-Castell Amazing Art Squad

Meet Sarah from Florida! Sarah is 8 years old, her favorite colors are pink and purple and her favorite activity is playing in the park with her dog. She loves creating art with her Faber-Castell Markers.

Health Benefits of Coloring

Health Benefits of Coloring include lowered stress, reduced anxiety and others.   Coloring is more than just a great way to spend time with your kids — there are health benefits that include lower anxiety, take away stress and improve cognitive functioning. It’s no wonder why kids love the fun and freedom of coloring. The big surprise, […]

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