We didn’t want to let everyone else have all the fun, and put together our own holiday gift list! We partnered with Toy Ideas for tips and tricks with an OT perspective.
Here is our list of special finds for kids and kids at heart.
Bonus: We selected the items that specifically inspire creativity, curiosity, communication, and help build confidence.
Recordmania: Atlas of the Incredible
Hot off the press! A fresh new alternative to the all too familiar Guinness Book of World Records.
For the curious, the brave, the bookworms, the nonconformists, ages 8 +
Available at MoMA gift store, and online.
Aqua Zules Crazy Puzzle
Let your imagination run wild. There’s no wrong way to put together these creatures. Let them inspire drawings, stories, and games.
For the creative, the nature lovers, nonconformists, 3+
Available at MoMA gift shop.
Giant Coloring Poster
Next time your child covers the walls in markers, compliment them on developing their wrist strength and empower them to keep building those vital muscles by getting them this poster. Writing, drawing, coloring on a vertical surfaces helps kids develop wrist strength and that helps them write in school.
For the artist, the interior decorator, the rule breaker.
All Aboard- Let’s Ride the Train.
Yes it’s another train book. This one is extra special as it folds out to be nearly 4 feet long and comes with smart questions and discussion prompts to inspire close looking. For the train lover, the explorer, 3+
Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland: With Artwork by Yayoi Kusama (A Penguin Classics Hardcover) By Lewis Carroll
For the artsy, the eccentric, the book collector
My First Chess Set
First chess set, or the only chess set I ever want to play again?
Fun characters, bright colors. Child not into chess, use the pieces for pretend play!
For the gamer, the animal lover, the logician
Now that you have a ton of amazon boxes in your house, put them to good creative use with this awesome invention.
For the inventor, the environmentalist, the architect
Here are our top picks for Artsy- Fartsy summer locations for exploring and enjoying art in and around New York.
Avoid the crowds and take a day trip out of the city.
Don't forget to check the museum's for operational hours and schedule of family and kids programs.
Share some of your favorite places in the comments.
Hooray, we've got some great news!
We created an App that makes viewing art in any museum, gallery, or show so much fun for young children.
We know it's hard to visit art museums with young kids sometimes. ARTIVITY provides parents with simple prompts to encourage deeper looking and spark conversations.
Here at Mismatched Socks we believe that looking, thinking, and talking about art is simply the best! We want to make it easy for adults (parents, caregivers, grandparents, older siblings) to talk to kids about art. You don’t have to be an artist or an art historian in order to help your child enjoy viewing art.
Download the Free App before your next visit to a museum! Send us your thoughts and suggestions, we want to hear it all. The ARTIVITY App is in its beta stage, we’ll keep improving and growing with your feedback.
Toddler are wonderful companions for museum explorations!
Here are a few tips to help make your visit a successful one.
Check the museum site for stroller rules before you go.
Bring a snack!
Don't try to see everything, pick a small area or a few artworks to focus on.
While exploring art focus on finding recognizable images, patterns, and colors. Remember, be silly and imagination never fails!
Here are a few prompts to get you looking, thinking and talking about art with your toddler.
- Tell a story about an artwork
- Look for triangles
- Find an artwork that is funny. How so?
- Find animals
- Look for lines: long, short, thin, fat, straight, curvy. Trace them with your finger in the air
- Think about what characters in artworks are saying or thinking
- Stand like someone in an artwork or a sculpture
- Find a rainbow – find each color as you walk through the art space
- Whats the most beautiful artwork? why?
- Find an artwork that makes you happy, talk about it
- Find an artwork that is sad, how so?
- How many circles can you count in a single artwork? Can you find a piece with no circles
We took a gander through Asia this summer, visiting Hong Kong, Bangkok, and Seoul. There is so much fantastic contemporary art everywhere! Here are some of the highlights.
First, check out this adorable museum rules poster found at the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Seoul, South Korea.
Here are some highlights from the Queens Gallery in Bangkok:
1st image -detail. artist unknown (forgot to write down )
2nd image- Queens Gallery in Bangkok detail; Seagdow Teasan; Countryside
3rd Image- Queens Gallery in Bangkok detail - Attapon Chaichana, Street Man 2
4th Image- Seoul, MMCA, collection
1st image- Hong Kong Street Art
2nd Image - Queens Gallery, Bangkok; Kodsoung Eangubon; Selfishness 2
3rd Image- Queen's Gallery, Bangkok; Phrutthinun Dumnim; Body
In New York Museums are museums, parks are museums, even subway stations are museums. Next time you are on the train with the kids, take a look around and spend a few minutes appreciating the art work underground.
Here are a few of the best stations with our favorite art:
Life Underground by Tom Otterness at the 14th street station on the A C E. Love these quirky bronze creatures hanging around the station.
All the hats at the 23rd st station on the N R pays homage to the Flatiron's History as the center of fashion.
Titled "The Way Out" this Alice in Wonderland mosaic can be found at the : The Way Out ny Liliana Porter at 50th Street station on the 1 and 2.
For a full list of MTA subway stations and art look at the MTA Subway Art Guide.
It's never too early to make a habit of enjoying art with your children!
Here is our quick guide to visiting museums or art spaces with children of all ages.
Before you go:
Check the museum site for children policies and stroller rules. Unfortunately not all museums are kid friendly. Find out what the museum offers for families and children. Many museums have child oriented tours, classes and activities scheduled throughout the day. Museums often have kids activity pack or games to play while looking around in the galleries.
Grab a notebook and a pencil (but not pen or markers). Most museums allow sketching in the galleries.
Grab a snack with you. You don’t want hunger to get in the way.
Art with Babies
While looking at art, talk to your little one about what you see, what you are thinking. Even if they can’t “enjoy” the art, they will enjoy hearing your voice and the bonding time together.
Toddlers Love Art!
Instead of looking at a lot of artworks, focus on just a few in each visit. Search for shapes, colors, and recognizable images as you walk through the galleries. Remember to talk about what you see and listen to your child’s observations. There really are no wrong answers. Count objects you see together. Compare and contrast sizes of artworks, find the smallest and biggest one. Think of funny titles together for your favorite works. Play I spy!
Use your imagination with Preschoolers
Remember to focus on a few works of art as opposed to trying to see the entire museum. Use the five senses to help your budding art enthusiast think about artworks. Think about the sounds, smells and tastes an art work might have. Foster academic skills by counting objects, comparing and contrasting works, or looking for things that start with a particular sound. Look at works from different angles, look for symmetry. Look for patterns and make up your own. Use your imagination! Make up stories about the art works together. Think what would happen if the artwork moved. Come up with silly titles. Act out scenes! Pose like a sculpture! Sketch an artwork! Discuss the process of making a particular work and think about the materials.
Inspire Inquiry with Elementary Schools Children
While focusing on select artworks, ask lots of open-ended questions! Use your imagination to think deeply about the works. What might it feel like if you could touch it? What sounds could you imagine hearing from the art? Discuss the materials and process and the challenges the artist might have had in making the artwork. Sketch! Write a short poem about the artwork together. Find a common theme among a few pieces, or contrast emotions expressed in various works. Think about themes- mystery, tranquility, chaos, love, etc. Make up your own titles to art works that emphasize the themes. Take photos (if allowed). Choose any three works of art and find what connects them
Debate. Pick a few artworks and find a connecting theme. Ask challenging open-ended questions. Question their initial reactions and reinforce defending their ideas. Look up an artist’s biography. Play sketch mash up: sketch various parts of a few artworks into one. Look at an artwork for 1 minute, turn around and try to sketch or describe as much as you can remember to each other. Think of a random theme to describe an artwork. Convince each other how the artwork expresses this theme.
It doesn’t stop at the Museum
On the way home Discuss what you saw, what you liked, disliked, want to learn more about are confused about
Be inspired and make some art at home!
We partnered with the Children's Museum of Art in Tribeca for a day of art activities inspired by the Russian Language and Culture. The museum was busy! Over 700 people came to enjoy Russian snacks, stop motion animation inspired by Russian folklore and cartoons, make Matryeshka dolls at the clay bar, listed to music and watch a puppet show.
Spring Break is coming up…..
Here is a list of ideas for FREE activities in New York with your kids.
You’ll thank us later!
2015, aligned with Chinese Zodiac year of the goat!
Some might say sheep, or ram, but, really, I prefer goat.
And goats are great!
Picasso sculpted a goat. Chagall painted a goat. Countless YouTube videos feature cute goats.
Why the interest in goats you might ask?
Well, besides the rectangular eyes, the cuteness, interest in heights, and the famous appetites, it is their inquisitiveness and curiosity that inspires us most of all.
So as we welcome 2015, here is our favorite collection of art featuring goats for you to enjoy.
Look at these creative ways to gift wrap! So much awesomeness that is easy to do and that may inspire you to create your own beautiful designs.
Just one week left to see The Little Prince: A New York Story at the Morgan Library!
No one is too young or too old for this classic!
While you are at the majestic Morgan Library make sure to stop into Mr. Morgan's Reading Room and be transported to another time!
The Little Prince: A New York Story is at the Morgan Library until April 27th.
Have you been looking for the giant eggs scattered all over the city? Have some time this spring break? Spend the day walking around NYC looking for these beautiful works of art. There are so many to explore. After you get inspired, spend Saturday morning with us creating your own!
Don’t miss the last Biennial to be held in the Whitney Museum’s Madison Avenue Location!
March 7- May 25, 2014
Explore some of the greatest and upcoming contemporary American artists.
Don’t miss these highlights and my personal favorites:
(working on it)
The Whitney offers a huge selection of family events and programs during this time. Take advantage of the daily tours or the family workshops. Of course, if the museum doesn’t fit around your family’s schedule, you can always take charge with a few of our resources.