When inspiration and your budget collide

canvas samplePlanning a cool art project for the kids at my mother’s library. This is a tiny portion of the canvas that I’m taking my inspiration from. And here’s my list of needs LOL. I’m sure there’s more, but this what I have on my “need real bad” list so far. Why does art have to be so damned expensive?!

Wish List

1) Magnetic spray paint (this is for the back of a medium to large canvas)

http://www.dickblick.com/products/krylon-magnetic-spray-paint/

2) Magnetic tape (strips or biz card size for the kids to attach things)

http://www.uline.com/Product/Detail/S-20009/Magnetic-Labels/Magnetic-Tape-Strips-2-x-3-1-2?pricode=WY675&gadtype=pla&id=S-20009&gclid=Cj0KEQjwv6WrBRD4gbngqe7mosYBEiQAIB5oTJWJo1XhNH8WXSgGuFZ0pcsFDROCGe2jjYhzVSRfUYsaAlUi8P8HAQ&gclsrc=aw.ds

http://www.uline.com/Product/Detail/S-6807/Magnetic-Labels/Magnetic-Tape-Roll-1-2-x-100?pricode=WY675&gadtype=pla&id=S-6807&gclid=Cj0KEQjwv6WrBRD4gbngqe7mosYBEiQAIB5oTPtQJbIr65djhTm3maRDf0Mietvmuq6ojaCo8GE80ZEaAkeG8P8HAQ&gclsrc=aw.ds

3) Mini canvas (for the kids to paint on, glue stuff to, or decorate with whatever they want)

http://www.walmart.com/ip/Art-Alternatives-Set-of-12-Black-Itty-Bitties-3-x-3-Mini-Artist-Canvas/39107842

http://www.walmart.com/ip/Art-Alternatives-Set-of-12-White-Itty-Bitties-3-x-3-Mini-Artist-Canvas/39108101

Tantrums – Why can’t adults have them?

[ When you get to the WiFi part, yeah, that’s me TOTALLY ]

There are so many days I wish I could have a toddler-style tantrum. More so lately. I want to go outside, throw myself on the driveway pavement and flop around like a fish out of water screaming “WHY!!!???!!! WHY???!!!” But I can’t because I’m an adult. Well, I suppose I could do it in the comfort and seclusion of my own home, but where would that get me. No one would see it.

The importance of STEM for wildlife conservation

My kids grew up with a love of all things wildlife. Now they’re both advocates for tigers, wolves, bats, etc. Teach them young and they’ll help save the planet and its animals.

Science Crush

Here’s a great reason for getting kids involved in STEM and STEAM education. The conservation of endangered species will one day be in their hands!

Wildlife conservation is the practice of protecting wild plant and animal species and their habitats. Among the goals of wildlife conservation are to ensure that nature will be around for future generations to enjoy and to recognize the importance of wildlife and wilderness lands to humans and other species alike. This falls under the science category of STEM and STEAM.

Get them involved now by teaching them about endangered species and biodiversity around the globe.

Here are a few resources to help get you started:

And of course you can check STEAM Register’s topic page dedicated to endangered species news.

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Sometimes a smile is all you need

smileDid you now that a Duchenne smile is the best way to win friends and forge stronger social bonds? What the heck is a Duchenne smile? Well, I’m glad you ask.

A regular smile is a “facial expression formed primarily by flexing the muscles at the sides of the mouth.”

A Duchenne smile “involves the simultaneous movement of two facial muscles around the eyes and cheeks, and is primarily produced when people are sincere and happy. It is seen as a reliable sign of true affiliation and willingness to cooperate with another person, and helps to strengthen social bonds.”

Being sincere and honest with your smile works “because people are much more attuned to positive emotions when forming new bonds than they are to negative ones such as anger, contempt or sadness.”

Plus, smiling can sometimes help you feel more positive about yourself, not just those around you, although “evidence more strongly suggests short term emotional benefits,” according to Allison Nelson of Vanderbilt University. ()

“Smile and the world smiles with you, cry and you cry alone.” ― Stanley Gordon West

Read more about a new study on smiling and relationships at STEAMRegister.com.