Hands on Sculpture

When we were kids, my brother loved building things. He used toys like blocks and LEGO bricks, but he also built things out of just about anything he could get his hands on. I was more interested in art than building. We never realized that making a sculpture was the perfect way for us to…
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Mix it Up!

When I open a new box of crayons I love thinking about each color's story. I look at the color and think about how someone mixed it, what they called it and how I feel about it. What if I could make my own colors?   People have invented colors made from plants, gems, metal…
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Art in Nature

Have you ever felt a little intimidated to do art with your child? Me too! I’ve learned that the best creative moments happen when little ones are allowed to explore freely. Exploring and creating are more important than the finished product, so follow your child’s lead. When in doubt, go outside. Try using nature to…
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Draw a Song

Has listening to music ever made you feel strong emotions? It happens to me all the time, but especially when it’s an Olympic year. Every time I hear the beginning of the Olympic Fanfare, I get goosebumps and feel excited! One my favorite things about enjoying all kinds of art is that it can bring…
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Code Builders: Create Virtual Buildings

The worlds of computer programming and architecture are very similar. While architects design buildings from the ground up, computer programmers create “building blocks” known as code for computers and robots that allow them to function correctly. Librarian Aldo from the Thomas Hughes Children's Library at Harold Washington Library Center suggests these fun activities to help…
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