Are you addicted to Pinterest yet? I get so many wonderful kids’ activities, crafts, and learning ideas from Pinterest. Pinterest is also a great way to organize and keep all the neat projects I want to try.
I would love to see you on Pinterest. You can follow my pins and see what I am digging!
Here are my TOP 30 MUST FOLLOW Kids’ Activities, Crafts, and Education Pinners on Pinterest**, in no particular order:
1. Candace Lindemann (CandaceApril – NaturallyEducational.com): Although my following is not yet as large as some of these other pinners, I hope you enjoy the children’s activities, crafts, and educational posts I pin. I have a lot of seasonal, holiday, and subject matter themed boards I would love to share with you!
2. Valerie (InnerChildFun – InnerChildFun.com): You know Valerie, right? She is totally in touch with her inner child. You’ll find lots of materials-themed boards–if you were wondering what to do with pinecones, cereal boxes, or newspapers, look no further! Plus, Valerie has lots of neat ideas for organizing, feeding, and entertaining the little ones.
3. Amy Mascott (TeachMama – TeachMama.com): Amy brings experience in the classroom and as an online community organizer to her boards. Amy groups her boards around some of the most popular topics from her We Teach community, such as “Special Learners,” “Toddlers,” and “Movin’ and Groovin’.”
4. MaryLea Harris (PinknGreenMama/- PinkandGreenMama.Blogspot.com): MaryLea is a talented and creative artist with lots of experience working with kids. Her creativity just shines through in her colorful boards!
5. Marie (MakeandTakes – MakeandTakes.com): I think of Marie as the Martha Stewart of the online kids’ crafting community. Her projects are always so well thought-out and beautiful! She also knows how to have fun–one of her boards is “Googly Eye Madness!”
6. Melissa Taylor (Melissa_Taylor2 – Imagination Soup): This is *the* place to find literacy activities for kids. In addition to literacy pins, Melissa’s boards are well-stocked with ideas for math, science, crafts, and also organization and other parenting lifestyle tips.
7. MaryAnn Kohl (Maryann_Kohl): Yes, THE MaryAnn Kohl, the guru of kids’ process art…and she’s also a lovely person, too!
8. Rachel Miller (leviandrachel – Kids Activities Blog): Inspirational. That’s probably the best word to describe this woman who is constantly supporting other bloggers and pushing them to be their best. Through her pinboards (organized by ages and by her interests), you can follow her on her journey and find out what excites this inspiring woman.
9. Jamie (handsonaswegrow – Hands On : As We Grow): A lot of people pay lip service to the idea that play is the way kids learn but you can see Jamie truly believes it. Just look at her top boards: “Kids Love to Learn,” “Toddlers Play, Too,” “What can the Baby Do?”
11. Erin Wing (Small_Types – SmallTypes.com): You know that literacy is the foundation of academic learning and that creating a print rich environment helps children learn to read and love to read…so get innovative and excellent tips from Erin.
13. Shannon (TotSchool – Shannon’s Tot School): Shannon’s boards are the place for Pre-K: crafts, printables, and activities. She really delves into a theme and gets every last bit of exploration, learning, and fun on a topic.
15. Michelle Anthony (Tofutti): Michelle was a source for an article I wrote on bullying and I was so excited to see her on Pinterest. She pin on a range of topics, from the serious (behavior, assessment, fine motor kills) to the lighthearted (bubbles, brain breaks, fun food).
16. Cassi (TheCraftCrow – The Crafty Crow): Cassi describes her site as “A Children’s Curated Art & Craft Collective”: her round-ups are the best of the best.Check out her boards and you are sure to find something you cannot wait to try!
20. Allison McDonald (noflashcards – No Time for Flash Cards): Probably the first kids’ activities blogger I started following on the Internet. Allie is one of the original and is still one of the first bloggers I turn to for ideas! Her boards are pure joy!
22. Melissa (ChocoMuffinTree – The Chocolate Muffin Tree): Melissa has an eclectic grouping of art projects, including Balloon Art, Blottos, and Jewelry art. She also pins interesting art to her board and projects for adults.
23. Laura Hutchison (PlayDrMom – PlayDrMom): Laura is a “clinical psychologist specializing in children and play therapy” so you can guess what to expect on her boards: meaningful ideas for play and lots of them!
26. Deborah (TeachPreschool – Teach Preschool): Deborah brings 20 years of experience in preschool education to her curation of pins…so she knows what works! I love hearing her insights into how young children learn.
27. Anna (ImaginationTree – The Imagination Tree): Play, play and more play is what you’ll find on Anna’s boards, plus genius ideas for storing and displaying and organizing all the awesome arts and crafts.
28. Deb Chitwood (DebChitwood – Living Montessori Now): Deb is my source for Montessori-inspired ideas and units.
** Yes, this list is 100% subjective–no numbers were manipulated or harmed in the making of this list. These are simply the people by whom I am most inspired (in this category) at the moment…I am sure I forgot someone and will no doubt discover someone new tomorrow. And, yes, I included myself. It is my list so I can do that! You can find even more suggestions on the “Fab Bloggers Pin Board!”
Hope to see you there!