A “Souper” Way to Foster Creativity!

What the hell is that, you ask?

Hmmmm…well, it’s an oatmeal canister, a paper plate, parts of an egg carton, a few popsicle sticks, a black pom pom and scraps of material.

It’s a six-year-old’s creativity at work (with a lot of assistance from some truly creative adults).

It’s the 3D version of Katsuma, my daughter’s favorite Moshi Monster.

Mallory’s bedroom walls are decorated with Katsuma coloring pages downloaded from Moshimonsters.com. She has created Moshi Monster masks and taped them to her bed post. She has drawn pictures of Katsuma on the easel in her room. I think you get the picture; she loves Moshi Monsters.

So today when Tiffany, the owner of Art Soup, asked me about her room and what kind of craft she might like to create for her bedroom, I was a little embarrassed to say “Moshi Monster” instead of fairies, princesses, butterflies, etc. Without any hesitation, the staff at Art Soup was up for the challenge, and my daughter couldn’t have been happier to help create this new masterpiece.

It’s been a long time since we spent an afternoon at Art Soup since it’s in Encinitas and we live in La Mesa, but, man, what a great outing. Even for Gage who is not typically interested in art activities.

When he scanned the wall of craft ideas, nothing really sparked that 4-year-old boy’s attention.

I figured he’d spend the afternoon painting the VW Beetle and playing with the giant Lego castle like he did the last time we were at the studio. Until someone asked him if they could help him make a tank.

Gage loves the military even more than Mal loves Moshi Monsters. So, after assembling an egg carton, parts of a box, a wine cork and a paper towel tube, voila, it became a toy that he literally played with for with hours after carefully painting it his favorite color of camouflage.

If you look closely you can see the green puff ball being “shot” out of the cannon of the tank. Pretty cool, huh?

I always wish I was more creative. I’m not. In fact, while I was at Art Soup I accidentally hot glued a googley eye to my finger and now I have a large, painful blister. But thanks to Tiffany’s staff, I don’t have to be creative…my kids had a fantastic afternoon and got seriously excited about making something from common household materials. Art Soup is inspiring my children to be the creative ones in our family!

So even though it takes me a half hour to get to Art Soup, I purchased the 10 pass punch card for $100 because it’s exactly the kind of fun I want my children to have. Good thing too because both kids asked me separately if we could go back tomorrow!

Check out Art Soup for yourself…just leave a comment here for you chance to win one free pass.

11 thoughts on “A “Souper” Way to Foster Creativity!

  1. Jennifer says:

    Congrats to Julie Holts! Art Soup-loving Mallory just selected you as the winner of one Art Soup play pass. Please email your address to sandiegomom@hotmail.com so we can mail the certificate to you!

  2. Kara says:

    I have heard amazing things about Art Soup. I would love to check this place out. I do not have one creative bone in my body–so my children need all the help I can get!!

  3. I so want to take my daughter there!

  4. Michelle Elizondo says:

    Would love my two little girls to visit

  5. Jennifer hall says:

    I would love to check this place out. I know my daughter and I would enjoy it. she loves arts and crafts Thanks

  6. Julie Holts says:

    I have heard alot about how amazing ArtSoup is! Your blog about the studio made me ask myself, why I haven’t taken my daughter there yet! I loved the pictures you posted as well! The 10 day pass sounds like an amazing deal! I was looking on their website today about birthday parties, since my daughter turns 5 in April! Thanks for sharing!

  7. Sara Taylor says:

    I’d love to take my son to check this place out. I had never heard of it before your blog.

  8. Sara Taylor says:

    I’d love to take my son to check this place out with my son. I had never heard of it before your blog.

  9. Marlena Weldon says:

    Always looking for new, fun places to take my little ones :). Thanks!

  10. Marlana says:

    Would Love to check out this place with my son. Thanks for the opportunity

  11. Brandi Smith says:

    I have wanting to take the kids here. I need to get it on the calendar soon.

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