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Play with Art

I can't think of a better way to spend a weekend than by immersing myself into a creative activity. Especially since winter is not my thing. So delving into the world of colour, paint and exploration, is a productive way to spend some time indoors. 

I have to say when I came across DK Canada's book PLAY WITH ART, it took me down a nostalgic path...visions of me as a three-year-old block painting and using potatoes to create the most awesome shapes and colours, that would be hanging on the fridge art gallery wall after. When did we begin to lose that sense of fun and discovery with the simplest of objects around the house?

Some ideas were familiar. I remember making pretty patterns with oranges and apples, and printing blocks made out of wood blocks. But adding a twist to these basic techniques, like using string on a wooden block, or using bubble wrap are new creative ideas that I hadn't considered. 

That's basically what this book is about. Ideas. Plenty of them. So that you (and your little creative protégé) never get bored of painting or crafting. 

From mixing colours up and inventing their own colour wheel, there's so much interesting things you can do with your kids, they'll never have a dull moment in their lives. 

Hint for the grown-ups: For each creative media section, there is a handy "tools needed" catalogue and 6+ projects to try. All you have to do is lay out one set of materials at a time, then your child is ready to go -- and parents only need to clean up once.  

For teachers, it's a great way to add to your classroom's STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics) library. 

With over 50 projects, to draw, paint, stencil, print and model, it's a great way to launch your kids into all types of art, and really mould their brains into the art of creative thinking. 

Blog Post by Shilpa Raikar, who loves to tap into the intersection of both her right and left brains, and see the world through the eyes of her younger creative self. 

Play with Art is published by DK Publishing 

Review by @SukasaReads (a division of @SukasaStyle)