The Creative Family: How to Encourage Imagination and Nurture Family Connections

When you learn to awaken your family s creativity, wonderful things will happen you ll make meaningful connections with your children in large and small ways your children will often engage in their own creative discoveries and your family will embrace new ways to relax, play, and grow together With just the simple tools around you your imagination, basic art suppWhen you learn to awaken your family s creativity, wonderful things will happen you ll make meaningful connections with your children in large and small ways your children will often engage in their own creative discoveries and your family will embrace new ways to relax, play, and grow together With just the simple tools around you your imagination, basic art supplies, household objects, and natural materials you can transform your family life, and have so much fun Amanda Soule has charmed many with her tales of creativity and parenting on her blog, SouleMama Here she shares ideas and projects with the same warm tone and down to earth voice Perfect for all families, the wide range of projects presented here offers ideas for imaginative play, art and crafts, nature explorations, and family celebrations This book embraces a whole new way of living that will engage your children s imagination, celebrate their achievements, and help you to express love and gratitude for each other as a family.
The Creative Family How to Encourage Imagination and Nurture Family Connections When you learn to awaken your family s creativity wonderful things will happen you ll make meaningful connections with your children in large and small ways your children will often engage in their o

  • Title: The Creative Family: How to Encourage Imagination and Nurture Family Connections
  • Author: Amanda Blake Soule
  • ISBN: 9781590304716
  • Page: 412
  • Format: Paperback
  • 1 thought on “The Creative Family: How to Encourage Imagination and Nurture Family Connections”

    1. I wanted to love this book, I really did. But I didn't. In fact, it made me want to grab a big bag of partially hydrogenated Cheetos and an aspartame-laced Diet Coke and revive myself.The writing is fine, the projects included are fine (though I would have liked to see more). And the photography is okay (in my opinion, I prefer more professional shots rather than the do-it-yourself ones that were included).While I appreciate and applaud Soule's ideas and perspective, what bothered me was the per [...]

    2. I struggled with this book. I wanted to love it. I love the "ideas" that are in the book, but I couldn't love the book. All of the ideas are Waldorf inspired, but I feel like the book was lacking a bit in execution. If Good Reads gave half stars it would be a 3.5 star book. 5 for ideas and a 2.5 for practicality.As with many Waldorf type books leading an art based and nature centric life is wonderful, but it is very difficult for those of us who either have to or chose to work full time to incor [...]

    3. i loved this book at first, then got to wondering if amanda blake soule ever does anything other than sew bunting, throw birthday parties for her kids' imaginary friends, and breathlessly encourage them to pick up sticks and leaves. does she ever do laundry, for example?

    4. I find myself making the same complaints about every instructional book I read: sentence fragments, typos, too much preaching-to-the-choir type filler material, too many annoyingly repeated words and turns-of-phrase (for example, "each and every", and the word "gift" used as a verb). And yeah, this book wasn't really different. Well, there were only a couple of sentence fragments. But I still enjoyed it, snobbishness aside. It's full of really interesting ideas, and I think I'll refer to it more [...]

    5. This was a mixed experience for me. I'd like to be all positive about it, and I support the essence of what is said in it But hmHere's the thing. There's great ideas and suggestions in this little book to inspire creativity within a family, with a focus on children. However, the author's tone of voice too often grated in my ears:-/Downside:The author's "I-am-saved"-like tone of voice. That's a turn-off for me, although others might not mind it so much. She comes across--too often--as one of thos [...]

    6. Salah satu timbunan yang rasanya nyesel baru di baca sekarang. Banyak inspirasi dari buku ini terutama hal tentang 'kesiapan' menampung, mendorong dan menghargai kreativitas anak. Satu lagi, buku ini membangkitkan keinginan lama saya, yaitu belajar merajut.Ulasan selengkapnya diThe Creative Family

    7. 27 June 2010: I'm definitely enjoying this book, inspired by all of the creativity, and excited for when I can start putting some of the ideas into practice with my own family. It's very well put together, very clear layout and writing, and I love all the pictures that are on almost every other page. I actually wish they were on every page!A couple of things that are niggling at me, things I'm hoping will disappear or at least reduce if I talk about them, so that I can enjoy the book more once I [...]

    8. Reading this book, I was so incredibly inspired by Soule and her parenting philosophy. Soule’s basic idea is that as parents we need to foster imagination and creativity in our children’s lives. We need to do it because the ability to be creative is innate in every child, and it is through the use of this creativity, or their imaginations, that they learn to express themselves, to communicate with the world and with each other, and to become both confident and nurturing. When Soule speaks of [...]

    9. I like Soulemama's blog. I like the devotion to her family and her craft. Her book felt like her blog. I like how passionate and creative she is about her home and family and how she incorporates nature into the craft projects she organizes with her kids. It made me happy to read that a mom, inspired by the birth of her children and the growth of her family, was encouraged to make art for and with them. I know lots of women who push their creative sides way down to the bottom of the priority lis [...]

    10. This is a beautiful book, full of wonderful ideas for incorporating creativity into our own and our children's everyday lives. I found many great ideas I'm already using in my home, and it's really inspired me to consider the SPACE we play in and how to make it more beautiful AND useful (I always was a William Morris fan ;0) I put up an art wire (from which are dangling many of the kids' projects, to their great pride and joy), boxed up a bunch of toys to rotate so that the shelves are unclutter [...]

    11. You might not have time to brew purple dye from cabbage leaves or cook glue, you might not be lucky enough to find or afford a beautiful cabinet for storing art supplies, or to implement all of the author's other solutions, but this book is full of good serving suggestions for surrounding children with lovely things to play with, alternatives to buying mass-produced and packaged "fun" if you are looking for inspiration. The book may have benefited from an extra dimension, as noted in a review be [...]

    12. Finally got my copy in the mail, and am enjoying it tremendously. Since discovering Amanda's Soule Mama blog several years ago and being a devoted daily reader of her blog, I feel like I'm buying a book written by a good friend. The pictures are worth the price of the book alone. There are a wealth of great of ideas as well.

    13. I got this book from the library because I've recently discovered the author's blog (Soule Mama) which is generally focused on crafts, sewing, motherhood, family, etc. I'm actually not a very "crafty" type person, but I still enjoy the blog and thought I would check out her book. That said, the book was OK but nothing really amazing. I really like the premise of encouraging your children's imagination and creativity in various ways, as well as finding small things to really bring your family clo [...]

    14. I like Soule’s perspective that a child’s imagination is something to be nurtured and not simply left to nature. I whole-heartedly agree. I agree with her premise that children need to see the adults in their lives engaged in regular creative pursuits as an example that a large part of a healthy life centers on continuing to feed our creative selves. I appreciate that she sees creativity less as a paint-by-numbers project here and there and more as a way of life, or of seeing the world. What [...]

    15. Although I agree with a lot of the reviews regarding how the author presents an all-too-perfect idea of how life, family and creativity should be woven together into a perfect tapestry made from wool freshly shorn from a local sheep and dyed with organic berries grown in one's own backyard, I came away with the message that our lives would be just a little bit better if we stopped to take a collective breath with the people we love, recognize simple beauties around us, and feel gratitude for the [...]

    16. I liked it, BUTI have to agree with other reviewers that were a little put-off by the slightly smug tone. I don't think Amanda Blake Soule set out to say that her family is perfect and everyone else is doing it wrong, but frankly I felt like if she brought her kids over to my son's birthday party, I would worry about her raising her eyebrow over some of his plastic toys. I think some of her ideas are great (I've been looking into reconstructing cast-off clothes to make into clothing for my son, [...]

    17. Reading about Ms. Soule's family was in some ways like opening the door of a close friend's home. Her style and her values were familiar and comfortable. She gave me a language to talk about my own family's value of creativity and I picked up some clever ideas for incorporating creative endeavor into our lives.The book suffered in my opinion from too preachy a style. In fact, I would have much preferred that she skip the "how to" genre all together and opted to tell us about her family through m [...]

    18. OMG, what an amazing life this woman leads! There are so many nuggets that I am taking out of this and applying to my life. Many many practical and low cost suggestions on how to lead an amazing creative life with your family. Well, to be honest I can't see my husband participating in every aspect, but at least little one will have a blast with mama! :) I highly recommend this book to any mother of youngish children who has the smallest desire to be crafty and creative. One of the biggest bits o [...]

    19. How do I say this? For starters, let's clarify that I really love Amanda's blog. It is probably one of my three favorite craft blogs out there. That said, I think the editor was a little too present in this book. It promises Amanda's same warm tone as on her blog - I didn't find this to be true. There are times when you do hear Amanda but often it is muffled by editorial organization and phrasing.What did I love about the book? The ideas, the details of family routines and traditions, advice for [...]

    20. This book is a great inspiration and resource for families looking to connect with each other through creative endeavors. I also found it refreshing to not read about fitting the projects in school schedules, matching the art to a curriculum etc. (which is a breath of fresh air when school is not part of your family's lifestyle) The author makes the case for a homespun and nature-based aesthetic in the home. I am enjoying the ideas and images and am already implementing some with our 7 year old. [...]

    21. This book has a lot of great ideas for organizing your home and for creating routines that nurture creativity and connectedness within the family. There are a handful of crafting ideas I think I will do and a few more that I'd like to think I can/will do but probably won't. Mostly though I think it is worth reading for the simpler stuff - like modified parlor games that little ones can do (already a huge hit at our house), collecting objects in a large craft cabinet - particularly found objects [...]

    22. What I liked best about this book is how excited it got me about being a mother. Soule gives a lot of great suggestions about how to really enjoy family life with small kids. I especially like her suggestions about how to use and display childrens' creations.I'm not so big into the hippy-like elements of her book. Not all of us can live in the Maine countryside either. Then there was the part about all holding hands as a family before meal time and taking a deep collective breath together. I'm s [...]

    23. I was going to give this book three stars, but that was only because I felt guilty while reading it that we don't do more crafty stuff around here. It really does offer some great ideas for spending creative time with your kids, indoors and out, and encourages families to live more simply. I am going to attempt some of the projects with my kids, although some of her other "living" advice we'll probably skip. I just don't see us ringing the meditation bell as we gather around the solstice table. [...]

    24. It's filled with great photos and patterns, not to mention LOTS of practical and inexpensive creative ideas to implement with family. She is showing me how it is possible to be a mom and an artist simultaneously by getting more creative with my parenting. I just can't say enough good about this book right now.

    25. I just finished this book and was very inspired by many of the ideas in it. So many things just make sense to me and I wonder why I haven't been doing more of it already. I did try the freezer paper stencil already and it is soooo much better than a traditional method on clothing!!!!

    26. Really enjoying this. A little too Waldorfy at times--wistful, earth centered, fairy-driven--but calming and helpful just the same.

    27. I just got this after perusing a copy on a neighbor's porch. Some great ideas and projects on how to inspire creativity.

    28. I'd been looking forward to reading this book since Amanda first mentioned it on her blog. It was as genuine, heartfelt, and inspiring as I'd anticipated.

    29. I'm not sure you can say I READ this book. Skimmed is more like it. I enjoy her blog and I like the concept of crafting with your family. It's just not my thing, though.

    30. I skimmed through this book fairly quickly. It was much as I'd imagined, a little too tree-huggerish for me but with some nice ideas. I would probably like this book more as a young mom than as an old grandmother. She's talking about collecting pinecones and acorns for the children to play with and I'm noticing the frequent reminders to be sure the little ones are past the stage of putting things into their mouth you think the editors were a little paranoid about safety issues and liability?!? T [...]

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