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Bright Ideas for Learning maryann's favorite blogs

Blogs are different than websites because their activities and posts change often, sometimes every day. This makes a blog an exciting venue for finding new ideas as they happen, usually with photographs of real kids doing real art. Blogs offer places for comments and replies, allowing input and sharing. You can join a blog or become a follower, receiving the new blog ideas in your email as often as you like.

MaryAnn F. Kohl, process art and treasures of childhood
You never know quite what you’ll find on MaryAnn’s blog from day to day! An interview with Mr. Rogers, a video of Eric Carle reading one of his books, art ideas from her books, or stories about real kids and how art has impacted their lives; maybe a favorite recipe kids can make or a review of a new children’s book. Visit often! Become a follower and receive her blog activities and postings directly in your email.

Please join MaryAnn’s blog, and then take a gander at some of MaryAnn’s favorites listed below:

MaryAnn's Favorite Blogs

Art for Small Hands
Julie Voigt’s blog is for anyone looking for guidance in how to instruct and develop the artist inside every child. Clear samples to motivate.

Art Projects for Kids
Kathy Barbro shares hundreds of art ideas, and also sells bright posters and art products. This blog has an excellent archive of past art ideas. Especially good for elementary age kids.

Big and Little Art
Holli Conger shows step-by-step craft ideas as well as art. Homemade recipes for chalk and other art mediums.

Color Color Color
GailP offers especially calming and lovely art ideas.

Creatiing Art with Kids
Blog owner Renee says, “I’m just one person hanging out on the planet, trying not to make too much of a mess of it.” Enjoy hundreds of art ideas and bright photos of actual art.

Deep Space Sparkle
Patty shares hundreds of art lessons by grade level. She also sells art lesson booklets.

Filth Wizardry
Don’t let the name scare you,, but this blog shares messy art and craft fun for preschoolers!

Laugh, Paint, Create!
Erin is a wife, mom, artist, and teaching artist who shares her knowledge and love for the arts with all of us, including toddlers!

Paint Cut Paste Inspiring Young Artists
A blogful of doable easy art ideas and crafts for everyone, especially younger kids.

Painted Paper
This art teacher from Ohio shares great photos of the artworks of her students and plenty of great ideas to try.

Preschool Daze
A small non-profit preschool director provides a rich environment in which children to explore, discover and create and shares her ideas with us all.

Teach Kids Art
…a site for art teachers, classroom teachers, homeschool teachers, parents who enjoy doing art with their kids, and anyone who believes that art is an essential part of a well-rounded education. Well organized with lots of art related to the great masters.

That Artist Woman
Gail Bartel offers crafts and other activities! She has a great list of her favorite blogs, too.

The Artful Parent
Jean Van’t Hul keeps art coming often and with great photos, art that is especially good for younger kids. She does insightful interviews and book recommendations. My favorite blog!

The Crafty Crow
… a children’s craft collective. Though the blog says “crafts”, I find most of the projects are wonderfully open-ended art ideas for children of all ages. Many projects are categorized by age, which is really helpful. Includes book recommendations.

Unplug Your Kids
Living a TV-free life with crafts, activities, and books.

Wilkinson’s Wonderful World of Art
Ms. Wilkinson of Nebraska shares the artworks created by her Hickory Hill and Rumsey Station Elementary schools. Great ideas here!

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