MaryAnn’s Favorite Blogs and Websites
Art Activities for Kids
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.
If you enjoy exploring new and innovative art activities for children, then you will LOVE MaryAnn’s list of favorite websites! If there’s a site you’d like to share with MaryAnn, please feel free to e-mail her the URL and she will consider adding it to the list. Please add Bright Ring to your list of favorites too!
Join MaryAnn’s Process Art Group on Facebook!
( sign in with your Facebook account )
MaryAnn’s Favorite Art Activity Blogs and Websites
|The Artful Parent
Jean Van't Hul shares quality simple ideas to fill your family's life with art and creativity. Jean has yummy recipes and fantastic process art as well as open-ended crafts. Jean has published several books.
|Deep Space Sparkle
Deep Space Sparkle has hundreds of free tested art activities for kindergarten through grade six offered by art teacher, Patty Palmer.
|Fun At Home With Kids
Asia Citro M.Ed. is a published author and a former classroom teacher. Her creativity explorations are fresh and unique. She wants to make playing at home seem simple, easy, and affordable.
|The Imagination Tree
Anna is in the UK and always has the greatest process art ideas and a super inspiring newsletter.
From Canada comes Jackie with affordable arts, crafts, and good old-fashioned play.
Messy art and craft fun with Lindsey will inspire you to try new ideas.
|The Chocolate Muffin Tree
Melissa helps us grow a creative life with kids of all ages. Her art ideas are some of my favorites.
|Paint Cut Paste
Can over 400 posts about art for families (ages 2-7 kids) be enough? I love these amazing art ideas Jen shares, and enjoy her creative focus on nature, outdoors,and seasons.
Rachelle Doorley, a newly published author, has unending ideas on art, sewing, sculpture, and fun ideas for inventing and discovering.
Meri Cherry shares art, craft, and fun family creative ideas that seem to be the most unique around.
|EARLY CHILDHOOD & CREATIVITY WEBSITES|
National Association for the Education of Young Children- I’m a lifetime member! Find out about what is best for young children, as expressed by NAEYC, who exists for the purpose of leading and consolidating efforts to achieve healthy development and constructive education for all young children. Primary attention is devoted to assuring the provision of high quality early childhood programs for young children and developmentally appropriate practice (DAP).
|Kaplan Early Learning Company
Kaplan Early Learning Company brings the very best in early childhood and elementary school supplies, teaching materials, and outdoor classrooms to educators, child care professionals, homeschool, daycare, and parents around the world.
Gryphon House, Inc.
Gryphon House, Inc. publishes books surrounding the topics of related to the education of young children. I have written twelve books for Gryphon House about early childhood art experiences. Visit their website for free activities from the books they publish, and browse the books written specifically for those who work with young children.
|Early Childhood Resources
Early Childhood Resources, is operated by a great person/author/educator/presenter – Kathy Lee. Early Childhood Resources serves early childhood professionals and parents of young children through innovative training and resources, thus promoting quality experiences for young children. Explore the website and see why Kathy Lee is one of MaryAnn’s favorite people.
Artsonia is an online students’ art museum showcasing artwork from around the world, including contests, art ideas, and teaching suggestions.
|Kids Did It
Delightful unique artwork created by kids and produced in a variety of ways to enjoy. Check out the creative possibilities from USPS stamps to tote bags.
|Miss Jackie Music Company
Jackie is a personal friend of mine, as well as an educator whom I admire and respect tremendously. Miss Jackie Music Company is dedicated to providing developmentally appropriate books, music and training for teachers, caregivers and parents of young children. Her site shares her books that educate and entertain young children and their parents and teachers. Even listen to some of Jackie’s songs at her site!
|Ooey Gooey, Inc.
Ooey Gooey, Inc. is an educational consulting firm headed by the Ooey Gooey Lady herself, Lisa Murphy. Lisa brings high-energy, exciting and informative hands-on workshops to teachers, directors, parents and family child care providers.
|Sites for Teachers
What a great jumping off spot for people who work with kids, whether they are teachers, moms, or caregivers.
|Art Supplies Direct
Art Supplies Direct- New! Art Supplies Direct has discounted prices and a huge selection of wonderful art supplies for kids!
Everyone loves crayons, and I think Crayola are the best. This website has art ideas, contests, products and “inspiring ideas”. Encourage flexibility and enjoyment with the most versatile material available for kids – crayons!
|Discount School Supply
love this company, and love the people who run it. They have the very best art products found anywhere! Discount School Supply offers great prices on quality products for early childhood educators, caregivers and parents of young children. MaryAnn’s Favorite products are the arts and crafts supplies, some found nowhere else on earth, and especially Liquid Watercolors. Select from Arts & Crafts, Active Play, Curriculum Resources, Dramatic Play, Manipulatives, Learning Center Equipment /Furniture, and Special Offers. Use coupon code MAKTEN for a 10% discount on in-stock orders over $79 total.
|Elmer's Glue Arts and Crafts
Find projects for all ages, adults included, with great pictures to lead the way. Projects are organized by how long they take, and also by grade level. Very helpful.
Lakeshore Learning- Innovative learning materials and top-quality educational products have made Lakeshore a favorite with teachers, parents, and kids for over 40 years! From language and literacy to science and mathematics, Lakeshore gives the very best in school supplies, teaching materials and classroom tools for all levels of education.