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Friday, August 7, 2020
Doodle With Children’s Book Author and Illustrator Mo Willems

Doodle With Children’s Book Author and Illustrator Mo Willems

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Screenshot: YouTubeEach weekday for the next few weeks, author and illustrator Mo Willems will invite kids into his studio at lunchtime to create some of his beloved characters. Starting this week, new episodes of Lunch Doodles with Mo Willems will be posted at 1 p.m. Eastern time and will remain online to be streamed at…
How AI helps unlock the secrets of Old Master and modernist paintings

How AI helps unlock the secrets of Old Master and modernist...

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Enlarge / Restorers of the Royal Institute for Cultural Heritage remove surpeints and reveal the original of "Adoration of the Mystic Lamb" altarpiece by Van Eyck brothers.John Thys/AFP/Getty Images X-rays are a well-established tool to help analyze and restore valuable paintings, because their higher frequency means they pass right through paintings without harming them. X-ray…
Trace Your Kid’s Hand to Make 3-D Art

Trace Your Kid’s Hand to Make 3-D Art

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It’s around this time of year that little kids learn how to trace their own hand and turn that tracing into a picture of a turkey. But now that Thanksgiving is over, if they’re still tracing those fingers, there’s another (arguably cooler) way to turn them into art: Draw a hand that looks three-dimensional. The…
Let Your Kid Paint With These Homemade Paint Popsicles

Let Your Kid Paint With These Homemade Paint Popsicles

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Photo: Meghan Moravcik Walbert When my son was a preschooler, I was forever looking for new artsy activities to do with him. I especially loved activities where the set-up was part of the activity itself—you get more mileage out of those. We’d make homemade play dough together or mix together corn starch, water and food…
Keep Your Kid From Bugging You While You Prepare With This Video Game

Keep Your Kid From Bugging You While You Prepare With This...

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Photo: Getty Images When my first foster son lived with us for a year, he was my constant shadow. That sweet boy followed close behind me wherever I went, especially when it was time to prep dinner. He was never interested in watching a show while I cooked; he’d rather be with me—as close as…
How to Assistance Kids Who Wished To Dance

How to Assistance Kids Who Wished To Dance

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Photo: Getty Images Good Morning America’s Lara Spencer created an uproar among the dance community recently when she laughed on air about six-year-old Prince George taking—and loving—ballet lessons. Spencer has since apologized, but the mocking nature of her words struck a nerve among professional male dancers who say the bullying they had to endure makes…
Turn Old Starbucks Cups Into Spill-Proof Paint Holders

Turn Old Starbucks Cups Into Spill-Proof Paint Holders

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Photo: Michelle Woo I love seeing my child paint. I fear seeing my child paint. These two feelings coexist. Whenever my six-year-old daughter is ready to go full Jackson Pollock at her art table, I’ll usually squeeze some paint into a few paper bowls. But the Parent Pack shares a way to keep things cleaner:…
Let Your Kids See You Doing What You Love

Let Your Kids See You Doing What You Love

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Photo: Getty Images I love me some Mo Willems, so when Mo Willems gives me parenting advice, I take Mo Willems’ parenting advice. (If you don’t know who Mo Willems is, please go check out his wonderfully quirky Pigeon book series for kids, plus Knuffle Bunny, which is an all-time fave in my house.) Willems…
An Orbit Map of the Planetary System

An Orbit Map of the Planetary System

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If you want to know what a talent for scientific visualizations looks like, check out Eleanor Lutz. She’s a PhD student in biology at the University of Washington, and at her website Tabletop Whale, you can see her amazing work on full display. Her latest piece is a map showing all the orbits of over…
Research study: Leonardo da Vinci struggled with “claw hand,” not post-stroke paralysis

Research study: Leonardo da Vinci struggled with “claw hand,” not post-stroke...

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Enlarge / Detail from a 16th century drawing depicting an elderly Leonardo da Vinci's damaged right hand. A new study concludes he suffered from "claw hand." Museum of Gallerie Dell’Accademia, Venice Famed artist and inventor Leonardo da Vinci suffered from a crippled right hand late in life, usually attributed to a stroke. In a new…

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