Opening a child’s mind and unleashing creativity sometimes takes a little nudge. That nudge can come right to your doorstep in the form of a monthly package. KidArtLit cultivates learning and family time with monthly deliveries of “experiences, not stuff” designed to inspire and encourage learning.
Founded by lifelong educators Megan Lingo and Julia Linsteadt, KidArtLit packages contain a new hardback picture book and a process-based art project (deluxe subscriptions include two projects). The pair selects books that are visually stunning, complex and captivating enough to read over and over. Accompanying art projects are often inspired by that month’s book selection. They have included paper mache luminaries and miniature tree houses and call for real art techniques (weaving, printmaking, sculpting). “Process-based” puts less focus on the final product, giving kids the creative space and opportunity to immerse themselves.
“It provides structure for kids to explore, with no right or wrong,” Linsteadt says. “It lessens that perfection-chasing outcome.”
Lingo and Linsteadt, reading and art teachers respectively, met online, “like so many modern romances,” they joke. With five kids under the age of 10 between them, their friendship evolved through mom groups and Instagram. After seeing the needs and hearing the enthusiasm from other parents, they launched KidArtLit in May 2017. It began in a spare bedroom in Nevada City with an assembly line of folding tables. The number of subscribers has since tripled, with families around the world receiving KidArtLit goodies every month. The subscriptions have proven particularly popular with homeschool families.
“There are so many demands on our time as parents,” Lingo says. “We hope this makes it easier to spend time together, instead of shopping for supplies and scrolling Pinterest. We want families to focus on the experience of reading and creating together.”
Subscriptions start at $29.95 per month. Digital memberships are also available. kidartlit.com.