Gaby Merediz is the crafty, creative mom behind Tmuffin, a company that offers products and classes to help parents connect with their kids. Tired of her own parents complaining that she was always making a mess as a kid, she grew up and created a creative classroom space in Wilmington, NC, where kids can make as many messes as they want. She gives parents tools to help them make parenting a little more perfect, whether that means providing artsy activities to keep their kids engaged so mom can make dinner or offering products and tips to encourage kids to use their imagination. Check out her creative virtual space at Tmuffin.com.
Far too many adults grow up saying, “I’m not a good artist. I can’t even draw a straight line.” Art is about much more than drawing lines. It’s about exploring your surroundings, expanding your ideas of how materials work together, and connecting with yourself, your environment, and other people.
Activity Hour: Most parents will tell you that it’s hard to keep their kids entertained with anything for a whole hour. Tmuffin’s Activity Hour crafts offer anywhere from 15 minutes to an hour of open-ended fun. The key is to go with the flow–don’t move on to the next step until the child is losing interest in the current step. Let kids examine and explore the activity in each step for as long as they want to. The Activity Hour can be easily modified for kids ages 1-7.
Craft and Connect: Take the time to find your inner child and watch your own kid get crafty with these activities that usually end in a finished masterpiece. Each Craft and Connect activity includes steps for doing the craft as well as tips for parents to further connect with their kids creatively. Craft and Connect activities are geared toward kids ages 4 and up.