Review – Origami For All

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The whole recent trend for origami has been passing me by somewhat. I became interested in it as a child when it was popular back in the 1970′s (yes I am THAT old) but struggled somewhat to do most of the projects by myself – perhaps I wasn’t old enough, or more likely, as I […]

Artful Excursions – Light Show

View from the top of the London Eye

We’ve just returned from our first ever family trip to London – just for a few days (which of course is nowhere near long enough), and a very damp, snowy and cold few days it was, but a great experience none the less, given that we were indoors for most of the time anyway. We […]

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I don’t often do reviews on Artful Adventures, in fact I think it’s been about a year since I last did one, at least in response to a direct invitation. This is partly because I don’t seek such invitations, and partly because those products which I am offered for review are rarely either relevant to […]

Art Cards for Baby

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You’re never too young to be introduced to art, but it has to be said that when you’re a really small baby, the opportunity to develop your art appreciation skills is not always catered for. But then how much can a small baby actually see? There’s been a great deal of research carried out in […]

Happy Accidents – or Catalysts for Creativity

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‘By looking attentively at old and smeared walls, or stones and veined marble of various colours, you may fancy that you see in them several compositions, landscapes, battles, figures in quick motion, strange countenances, and dresses, with an infinity of other objects.  By these confused lines, the inventive genius is excited to new exertions’. These […]

Crayola Colour Mix-a-Roo Game

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It’s been a while since I last did a review, but when I had the opportunity to review one of a new set of Arty games from Crayola, I was intrigued to find out more.  Colour Mix-a-roo is a game aimed at children aged 4+ which teaches them about colour mixing.  I’m not sure what […]

Arty iPad Apps

Artwork created on the iPad by my 4 year old

My Christmas Present this year was an iPad. Part of my justification for having one was that it would help to entertain the kids when we were out and about, since neither of them have any games devices of their own yet. So of course I’ve been busy exploring what free creative apps are available […]

Christmas Cards to Colour

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I recently bought a pack of the Usborne 20 Christmas Cards to Colour on impulse and have been so impressed with them, I thought I’d share them with you all.  I bought them because it seemed a fairly effortless way of creating individual personalised Christmas cards from the kids, which they would enjoy doing, would […]

Review – Land Art for Kids: In the Woods

In the Woods

As the leaves start to turn, and already begin to fall, it seems timely to do a brief review of a book which I purchased following my post on Beach Art. Written by Richard Shilling and Julia Brooklyn, it is devoted to the kind of Land Art which you can do in the woods – […]

Make a World

Make a World

I recently came across this book while browsing around the web.  Apparently, although I’d never come across it before, it’s something of a classic, and was first published in 1972.  It is one of a whole series of similar style books by the author Ed Emberley, all with different themes.  It seems that this book […]