The KidArtLit Deluxe subscription boxes use reading as a springboard for art-filled activities. Each nicely packaged kit includes a newly released, hardback picture book, a note from its author or illustrator, and two book-inspired art projects. Subscribers receive a monthly digital magazine with bonus content and activities. We reviewed three deluxe boxes:
In Susan Verde’s concisely written contemplation, I Am Human, the “self-portrait” activity underscored the book’s theme of empathy. Using a roller and brush, powdered tempera paint, pencil, glue, yarn, art foam and tag board, the clear instructions allow even the most art-challenged parent to assist their children with their first mono-prints. The activity is designed for children to observe themselves and others and celebrate their similarities and their differences. Prompts help parents facilitate good literary and artistic experiences with their child.
Written and illustrated by Carles Porta, Hello Mister Cold: Tales from the Hidden Valley, is a comic, musical and magical adventure to find Yula the wolf. The story inspired activities include wrapping colorful yarn around a wooden form to create “Yarn-Wrapped & Bedazzled Snowflakes” and the “No-Fail Needlepoint Project” which introduces the self-empowering art of sewing, hone fine motor skills during the art-making process. The supplies are plentiful, and instructions are clear.
The first craft in the Robot in Love kit introduces Generative Art, where conceptual artists such as Maurizio Bolognini use machines to create randomly generated patterns in paint. Here, two heart-shaped wind-up toys with feet, are to be dipped into the paint provided and then “walk” on notecards. Salt-Dough Garlands includes two small heart-shaped cookie cutters, baking supplies and ingredients for the dough, a satin ribbon, a straw and a craft stick.
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Lahri Bond ©2019 Parents’ Choice
Lahri Bond is a father, a writer, music historian and an art professor in Western Massachusetts. His published books include Spinning Tales Weaving Hope (with the Stories For World Change Network) for New Society Press and People of the Earth (coauthored with Ellen Evert Hopman) for Destiny Books.