July 4th weekend is almost here, and with summer moving so quickly I’m already making mental lists of what I want to do before the San Francisco rain returns in November. Raft down Russian River, ride horses on the beach, send my grandfather postcards from all over California, have a barbecue in Golden Gate Park…and the list goes on and on!
What’s on your summer to-do list? The list below is kid-friendly, but I think I could get into any of those activities…
For Father’s Day this year Tea hosted a great giveaway with Bonobos and Diaper Dude. During the entry process we asked “What are your favorite activities to do with your kids?”. Some of our favorite responses are below.
I just love being with my kids period. We everything from sitting around laughing and telling each other stories to going to farmer’s markets, to taking hikes. – Dan S.
Being a military dad requires me to be away be away from my 4 kids for long periods of time so being able to kiss them good night would be at the very top of my list. Our favorite thing to do together as a family is hop into our surburban and take road trips. We love to explore new cities and towns but the beach is always our favorite destination. – Aaron M.
Fossil Hunting – Greg D.
I really enjoy helping her learn new things and observe how she does them. My daughter is 15 months old and in such a great stage in life. Showing her the world and things in her life is a special job that I love doing. – Juan T.
I take my daughter running -we’re preparing for our first 5k stroller race together. But that’s not my favorite – I’m a much bigger fan of kiss attacks and upside down conversation time. – Benjamin W.
Our favorite thing to do together is to go to the beach. We just walk around, look for shells, and check out the tide pools to see what animals are in them. – Paul P.
Putting them in the bike buggy and riding to farmers market or pancakes on Saturday while their mom sleeps in. – Penn B.
When my daughter is born, I’m gonna have fun teaching her how to change a tire and check the oil in her car. I’m going to love teaching her how to stand up on a surf board. But before all that, I think I’ll just enjoy watching her sweet face as she lays in her crib, sleeping. – Parker B.
Go on a bike ride and look for bugs and animals. Make them pancakes and popsicles. Play fort in the house. Work out in the yard on our vegetable garden. – Dave H.
I love watching how happy my 2 year old son is when I put on Superman theme music and “fly” him around the kitchen. – Joseph C.
My daughter is a single mother. She has two little girls-a newborn and a 5 year old. I help her out by taking her 5 year old, Carina, to hula lessons. Since I am from Hawaii, this is part of me, my culture, our culture that I can share with and pass down to my granddaughter. It’s our bonding moment. We also like to take walks around our neighborhood. I love it when Carina shouts, “Come on Papa, let’s go walking!” – Michael N.
“To draw, you must close your eyes and sing” -Pablo Picasso (this quote is featured on our Daisy Graphic Tee)
“Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.” -Pablo Picasso
I loved the above Picasso quote, because it was exactly what I needed to do when I was designing our Spring 2011 Catalonia collection – reconnect with the artist of my youth. This was a great lesson for me and something I hope stays with me over time. I try to instill these ideas in my younger cousins who I often have drawing/art sessions with. The younger of the two is 5 and she fully embraces her inner artistic child. She draws with no fear and complete creativity. The 12 year has started having doubts. He’s constantly self critiquing his work and wants to be able to draw more realistically. He has the desire to grown and learn and I want to encourage that. I do my best to encourage them and to hopefully lessen the fear of failure.
Here’s some things I do to help them feel special about everything they do:
1. Frame their artwork. Kid’s love this. It makes it feel like their piece is really appreciated. My grandma would do this with everything we painted. We wouldn’t bring any art home until it was framed – which made us so proud to show them off!
2. Ask for help. I often admire the way they draw and ask them to show me how to draw like that. I’m an adult, they have the impression that I know what I am doing, so when I ask for help they know they must be doing something really unique if I can’t do it.
3. Turn their art into something. Last year I had them both design t-shirts. I took their drawings and got print on demand t-shirts with their designs. They were so excited when the shirts came in. I remember the younger showing it off to my aunt, “Look grandma it’s a REAL shirt!!!.”
How do you encourage the young artists in your life?
An example of how great decorating with your children’s art can look! – found on Pearl Street
There’s nothing like dressing for the part in comfy and casual Tea clothes when making and creating. This season we’re celebrating everyone’s inner artist. We compiled some of our favorite art-inspired and art-friendly pieces above to get you started.
As for art projects, the sky is the limit! We listed some of our favorite kid-friendly DIY projects below.