Gigi Maxine

Make Tinker Trays

Make Tinker Trays

I started a new job last week. I am the new atelierista (art teacher) at a Reggio based preschool close to where I live and I just love love love it! Reggio is a play based approach that I learned about several years ago and immediately fell in love with.  There are several key elements to(…)

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Painting Shells with Watercolors

Painting Shells with Watercolors

If you are looking for a super simple invitation to create, this is the perfect summer activity for young and older children.  Gather some shells, put on some nature sounds and get painting. *This post contains affiliate links.  Thank you so much for your support! Start with your favorite watercolor set.  We love this one.(…)

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Pom Pom Flower Pops

Pom Pom Flower Pops

A few weeks ago I taught an art camp to 9 year olds and up.  It was one of the most gratifying experiences I’ve ever had.  I absolutely adored working with such an amazing group of young but old girls, while they created, challenged themselves, laughed, made decisions about their work and just had a(…)

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Reflections on Fatherhood

Reflections on Fatherhood

I can’t start this post any other way than to say I have an amazing husband.  After years of bad dates and toxic relationships, I found the man of my dreams, only I had no idea.  I really didn’t get how amazing Ev was in the beginning.  I didn’t realize that easy, secure, kind, incredibly(…)

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Science Lab for Kids

Science Lab for Kids

I am so excited to share this post with you! Have you visited Animal Jam Academy with your kids yet?  It’s this awesome online platform for kids where you can learn all about animals, be inspired by science and technology and engage in amazing design and engineering ideas.  I am seriously into this site.  I(…)

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Water Balloon Painting Art Activity for Kids

Water Balloon Painting Art Activity for Kids

I can’t help but post way too many pics from this amazing balloon painting play date.  This was so much fun and so gorgeous.  We have never painted with balloons before.  Have you?  We’ve painted balloons, but big ones with air in them.  That was cool, but painting with water balloons is a whole other(…)

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Cardboard Cutout Animal Magnets and DIY Magnet Wall

Cardboard Cutout Animal Magnets and DIY Magnet Wall

Last week I introduced you to a new fantastic company I’m working with called Animal Jam.  We made medals to honor all the great things are friends and family members do everyday.  This week I was so inspired by Animal Jam’s fantastic free animal games for kids that we decided to make our own little animals(…)

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Spin Art Rocks for Kids

Spin Art Rocks for Kids

Sometimes when I’m doing a project intended for a post it turns out to be a pretty epic fail.  Other times, when I put little to no thought into it, something magical happens.  That’s what happened here.  My family went to the beach this weekend and had a fantastic day building sand castles, playing in(…)

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How to Make Edible Paint for Babies and Toddlers

How to Make Edible Paint for Babies and Toddlers

We are always being asked how to make yogurt paint so I thought I’d show you just how we do it around here.  Making baby safe paint is super easy using two ingredients, yogurt and food coloring.  We use it weekly for art play group.  The colors always come out beautiful and vibrant and did(…)

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7 Layer Play Dough Birthday Cake

7 Layer Play Dough Birthday Cake

Gigi turned 3 this weekend which means I spent all day Saturday putting together a party with Ev and my cuz over at Design Blahg, Erica, putting together a purple ballerina party from 6:30 am to 4 pm, when the first guest arrived.  Every year Ev and I promise ourselves we’re not going to wait(…)

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