The Creative Family: How to Encourage Imagination and Nurture Family Connections
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When you learn to awaken your family’s creativity, wonderful things will happen: you’ll make meaningful connections with your children in large and small ways; your children will more often engage in their own creative discoveries; and your family will embrace new ways to relax, play, and grow together. With just the simple tools around you—your imagination, basic art supplies, household objects, and natural materials—you can transform your family life, and have so much more fun!

Amanda Soule has charmed many with her tales of creativity and parenting on her blog, SouleMama. Here she shares ideas and projects with the same warm tone and down-to-earth voice. Perfect for all families, the wide range of projects presented here offers ideas for imaginative play, art and crafts, nature explorations, and family celebrations.

This book embraces a whole new way of living that will engage your children’s imagination, celebrate their achievements, and help you to express love and gratitude for each other as a family.

To learn more about the author, Amanda Soule, visit her blog at

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Customer Reviews:

  • Deceiving
    I was really looking forward to read this book because I used to visit Amanda's blog and found it inspired and inspiring. I couldn't be more disappointed. It's not a craft book, the few project shown are obvious and not very creative in my opinion. It's not a parenting book either, it repeats the mantra "your children are creative" but does not go beyond (i.e. relate her main idea to psychology or community benefits). In some chapters she will mention "I like to do this with my family" and stops there (does not give more clues so that we can try that idea at home).
    This is my opinion, I don't mean to say that many parents cannot find ideas in this book that they can do with their children. In my case, I don't feel inspired by this book and I prefer to re-read the craft books that my parents bought for me when I was a kid, or to check the parenting books in my public library to learn more about the role of creativity in my boy's development....more info
  • Great book to have!
    Full of great, great ideas!!!!! Much more than a typical arts and crafts kind of book, this book is full of wonderful little ideas to make your kids feel special and part of the family. Things that shout, "I love you and find you worthy". I don't know how else to describe it, I love this book! ...more info
  • A book with beautiful ideas...
    I was so excited when I opened this book because I knew right away that it would stimulate me to want to do more creative things in our regular home life. It is a fablous book with beautiful ideas. I am happy to own it. ...more info
  • Great for every family's library!
    This is a great book, necessary for every family's home library. When I was considering buying it, I had some hesitations because I would say my family is already pretty creative. We almost always have at least one individual in our family creating, crafting or pretending, and we almost never have our television on (only for movie nights -- we don't have cable or even "bunny ears"). But I went ahead and bought it because of the great reviews, and I have to say, I wish I'd done it sooner. I love the ideas for craft projects Soule has included and how easy it is to understand her directions.
    For myself, I think my biggest inspiration came from the chapter on organization. One of my children was sick the week I read this book, and I was stuck at home. I wanted to try all the projects Soule had written about, but couldn't go out to buy some of the missing supplies. So I organized according to many of Soule's suggestions and the result was great!
    I think every family needs to read this because, as other reviewers state, it's more than just a craft book -- it's a whole philosophy. We desperately need to "turn off and tune in" to each other more, and this book really promotes that idea.
    Personally, I was also encouraged as I read the first part of the book where Soule discusses how she felt like she wasn't very creative or artistic growing up, but she had this driving need to create that she felt when pregnant with her first child. I had felt all of that, but didn't think I could. Now I only wish that her book had come out sooner. Just this year I have resolved to learn things like sewing and knitting, hoping to be able to make most -- if not all -- my gifts. "The Creative Family" makes me feel like that just might be attainable. ...more info
  • Back To The Basic Matters
    This book is packed full of ideas to create an environment for children go explore their creativity. It also provides information for adults on changing their expectations of children, allowing both the parent and child to relax and explore. The Creative Family will be shared with many other people in my life....more info
  • Food for the "Soule"
    This is such a wonderful book!!!! Amanda Soule's book in addition to her blog has feed my "soule" in so many ways. It is truly inspiring. I have always loved being creative, but this book reminds us of the necessity of making the time on a daily basis, to do creative things. ...more info
  • still thinking about this book a month after reading it!
    i'd been really excited to read this book since i discovered it's existence a few months ago. i wasn't disappointed! there are so many great ideas packed in here! i've already implemented a few gems and have big plans for others. if you're in a rut (like i was) this is a real motivator! the author has a blog w/ just as much good stuff in it. beautiful all around!!...more info
  • Lovely family bonding book
    There was so much goodness in this book, and especially a return to traditional values and activities that are inspiring and help bring families closer together through crafting and exploring the world together. I love Amanda's blog, and read it every morning before I begin my day. It's like my daily jump start, and this book is the same, only I get to hold it in my hands. A definite must-have for me. ...more info
  • Help For the Existential Terror of Being Home with Children
    Interesting in this book is the implicit idea that domestic creativity is not a mother's sublimated or repressed need to create--think back to those childhood cliches of the mom who could have been a stockbroker or physician--instead pouring her energies into a jealously-guarded sewing room--but rather a way of being present in the moment with children, a kind of abundant ever-expanding consciousness: the more I give, the more I have. Unintentionally, this snapshot of a joyful, spiritual labor becomes a critique of the patriarchal work-ethic unseen since Mary Shelley or her mother.

    I remain ambivalent yet sympathetic toward all things Waldorf. Everything depends on temperament, and my colicky babies, who became intense, high-energy children engendering a chaotic homelife, insure that needlepointing has no chance of putting down roots here. It gives me pause to consider the difference between the darker and more discordant creative energies of the eminent artist and the crafting of the creative homemaker. My children burn through things, and the last time we glued with beans and rice, it exacerbated our ant problem; I buy Prismacolors and they end up cracked and ground into the floor; I simply cannot imagine finding time to cut stencils or teach my 5-year-old to finger-knit. So, I read this in an arm-chair way, while nursing the toddler, and it supported me in feeling the greatness of my undertaking in a culture that devalues the domestic....more info
  • Didn't love it
    Do yourself a favor and check out her website before you order this book. If you like the sugesstions and tips she has there then you'll probably enjoy the book. I found it to be way too simplistic. She repeats a mantra of our ancestors being naturally creative because they had to, be creative and your children will be.... Just not what I was looking for....more info