Turning Leaves & Pages: Autumn-y Writing Prompts

Wed. Sep. 20th, 2017

Mike Paulus

The hardest part about writing is usually getting started. That’s why writing prompts are a great tool for scribes of any age – they take away the pressure of conjuring up a beginning.

A New Swing at Paul's Tall Tales

Wed. Sep. 20th, 2017

Barbara Arnold

Expertly written by Peterson and exquisitely illustrated by Dacia Sjolund, a UW-Stout student and Minnesota illustrator and animator, the hardcover picture book provides extraordinary storytelling for all ages.

Who Will Be My Friend?

Wed. Sep. 20th, 2017

Cassandra Kyser, photos by Andrea Paulseth

that’s the question asked (and answered) in a retired teacher’s colorful tale

The Chippewa Valley’s youngest readers have a new book to enjoy at story time. Colfax author Jeanne Styczinski has published her third book, Who Will Be My Friend?

Bright Ideas: Fun Writing Prompts for Summer

Mon. Jul. 17th, 2017

Mike Paulus

The hardest part about writing is usually getting started. That’s why writing prompts are a great tool for scribes of any age – they take away the pressure of conjuring up an amazing idea. It’s like a simple game to play: No judgment on how it turns out because it’s just for fun. Check out some prompts below to get the writers in your life scribbling away ...

25-Cent Flicks Offer Summery Savings

Mon. Jul. 17th, 2017

James Johonnott

Looking to cool off during the dog-days of summer? Just scoop between the couch cushions and find a handful of quarters, then head to Micon Cinemas in Eau Claire or Chippewa Falls for 25-cent movies this summer.

DIY Paper Plate Butterflies

Mon. Jul. 17th, 2017

Eau Claire Regional Arts Council

Looking for a fun new art project this summer? Try these crafty paper plate butterflies.

Homemade Art: Sunflower Sculpture

Mon. Jul. 17th, 2017

Eau Claire Regional Arts Council

Summer is here! Get your kids excited about all the warmer season has to offer by making this homemade sunflower sculpture!

7 Creative Ways to Use Sidewalk Chalk

Mon. Jul. 17th, 2017

Timber Wolf

School is out and things outside are heating up! As the summer season gets rolling, the kids will be heading outside to play and you’ll be looking for ways to keep them busy.

Art Therapy in 30 Seconds

Fri. Jul. 14th, 2017

Amy Hahn, ATR

The decision to seek professional help is rarely an easy one. I have worked with a number of people challenged with a variety of life experiences. From adults struggling with depression ...

Exploring Creativity with DIY Beats

Tue. May. 23rd, 2017

by Maggie Cook

A simple homemade instrument can tune up your child’s social development. There’s just something about the joy of crafting a homemade activity that’s not only enjoyable for a child but also rewarding as a parent.

DIY Paper Flowers

Tue. May. 23rd, 2017

Eau Claire Regional Arts Council

Summer is coming up! Get your kids excited about all the warmer season has to offer by making these homemade paper flowers that will last even in the coldest of seasons.

Great Homemade Gift: Seasons of Trees

Tue. May. 23rd, 2017

Eau Claire Regional Arts Council

Celebrate Mom and Dad with this fun ARTmobile activity for a homemade Mother’s and Father’s Day gifts from the heart!

Extending a Friendly Hand

Tue. May. 9th, 2017

Emily Kinzel

Hands of Peace performance comes together against bullying

Chippewa Valley Montessori Elementary School is teaming up with BaredFeet Co., a local nonprofit, to produce an art performance piece aimed at charity and peace, while conveying an anti-bullying message ...

5 Steps to Turn a Garage Sale Bargain into a Beauty

Mon. May. 8th, 2017

Pan Thao

Garage sales have become a gold mine for upcyclers, and you’d be surprised at the many ways you can find a new life for your latest deal. Check out the tips below to turn your bargain into a beauty.

Korea in Eau Claire

Thu. Apr. 6th, 2017

Emily Kinzel, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Kgam Studio hopes to create art across cultures and help us dance together

The dance community in the Chippewa Valley is always growing, and its newest resource comes in the form of Kgam Studio, a Korean cross-cultural dance studio, which opened ...

Former Eau Clairian Pens Children's Book About Accepting Yourself

Fri. Mar. 10th, 2017

Tom Giffey, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Ava Gustafson’s charming children’s picture book, Willow, drew its inspiration from a yoga class exercise and a childhood dream about a loving tree. The book, which was published late last year, is a gentle, poetic tale of personal acceptance and love.

Little Girl, Big Questions

Fri. Mar. 10th, 2017

Haley Wright

Mondovi author’s latest explores girl’s response to divorce

Divorce is never easy for anyone, and it’s especially difficult for children, who have no say in the decisions being made. Mondovi author Julie Bowe, who also wrote the Friends for Keeps series, is debuting ...

Seeking Peace in Words, Music, and Movement

Thu. Feb. 9th, 2017

Tom Giffey

Are your kids interested in expressing themselves through dance, music, drama, art, or poetry? If so, there’s an opportunity for them to take part in a unique, multidisciplinary project in Eau Claire ...

WeBop Gets Kids Hip to Jazz Jive

Thu. Jan. 26th, 2017

Eric Christenson, photos by Katie Larson

There’s a room full of people and instruments buzzing. A rhythm section taps out a basic tune while kids, their parents, and other musicians alike are dancing, moving, and singing together ...

Kid-Friendly Holiday Plays Take the Stage

Mon. Nov. 21st, 2016

James Johonnott

Let’s face it – with the holiday season on the doorstep, there’s only so much time indoors you and your kids can take. But just because it’s getting colder doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a night out. Check out one of the many holiday plays put on by local talent...

Leap Into Self-Reflection: Journal Prompts for the New Year

Mon. Nov. 21st, 2016

Katie Larson

Every good writer follows the old saying: “write what you know.” No one knows you better than yourself, so this set of writing prompts will challenge you to dig deep down into the depths of 2016 as you discover what went well and what could be a challenge in 2017...

Start a Seasonal Tradition: 9 Holiday Film Classics

Mon. Nov. 21st, 2016

Trevor Kupfer

While Santa makes his list and checks it twice, I keep my own checklist for gauging if a particular holiday season is going to be naughty or nice. Snow on Christmas morning? Check. A massive feast ...

2 At-Home Crafts: Bookmaking and Stained Glass Trees

Mon. Nov. 21st, 2016

Eau Claire Regional Arts Council

“Stained Glass Trees” – Whether it’s at the library, the mall, or the park, every year the Eau Claire Regional Arts Council’s ARTmobile helps foster creativity in thousands ...

Family Team STEAM Challenge: Candy Chuckin’!

Mon. Nov. 14th, 2016

V1 Staff

Because we here at Chippewa Valley Family are so interested in getting families thinking and playing together, we decided to put your family’s STEAM skills to the test ...

6 Tips for Family Movie Night

Fri. Sep. 23rd, 2016

Katie Larson

Is your movie night stuck in a rut? Try some of these six simple (and cheap) ways to spruce up your next family movie night.

Meter Made: Student artists transform old parking meters

Tue. Aug. 23rd, 2016

Tom Giffey

What does an old parking meter look like to you? Other than, you know, an old parking meter? For a summer class of Eau Claire middle schoolers, parking meters looked like wild animals, a fantastical fairy tree, and a cartoon octopus ...

Kiddos Can Create Aquatic Artistry

Fri. Jul. 8th, 2016

Eau Claire Regional Arts Council

1. Draw a fish using washable markers. 2. Color this fish in, again using washable markers. 3. Use brushes and water to cause the marker to run, making the fish appear to be underwater ...

Tale of Treasure: a fantasy story about overcoming anger

Fri. Jul. 8th, 2016

Gigi Roelant

Eau Claire author Debra Manzella is back with her second book, a fantasy tale for children titled Dragon’s Breath. While her first book, The Dwarf’s Treasure, served as an introduction to the daughters ...

Books About Summer to Read Aloud Together

Fri. Jul. 8th, 2016

Rob Reid

When you're not relaxing at the beach, the pool, or the woods this summer – or even when you are! – remember to take time to read with your family. Here are some fun suggested reads ...

Capping off Their Education

Tue. Jun. 14th, 2016

UW-Stout News

UW-Stout art majors help elementary students to create bottle cap mural

Two art education students from UW-Stout have completed a large-scale art installation at Downsville School in Downsville – and in the process kept thousands of bottle caps out of landfills ...

5 Fantastic Outdoor Art Projects!

Thu. May. 5th, 2016

It’s a fact: Art, especially with kids, is messy. But the warmth of summer gives us the opportunity to get outside, get a little dirty, and still get in a ton of creative, art-fueled play without all the stress of trying to get paint out of the carpet. So grab the kids, head outside, and let them go crazy with making art in the sunshine ...

How to Teach Your Kids to Love Music Without the Lessons

Thu. May. 5th, 2016

Alison Wagener

The benefits of musical training are impressive and widespread, ranging from improvements in linguistic ability to even, in some cases, delaying the onset of dementia. However, as Nick Poss puts it, no one makes music to hear conversations better at a dinner party when they’re 65. He has a point: Music is inherently social, and it can provide rewarding opportunities ...

Summer Theater Programs Can Spark Kids' Creativity

Thu. May. 5th, 2016

photos by Andrea Paulseth

There’s something magical about playing pretend. And there’s something especially remarkable about it when it happens in a collaborative group with a vision, a stage, and a little theatrical lighting. According to Kevin Grady, associate director of the Eau Claire Children’s Theatre, participating in theater ...

Grandma Shares 13 Fantastic Tales

Thu. May. 5th, 2016

Barbara Arnold, photos by Andrea Paulseth

When Jean and Tom Hebert’s grandchildren came for a visit, they got to build a huge nest of blankets, quilts, and pillows on the floor at the foot of their grandparents’ bed. And then the real fun would begin: They would grab the three-ring notebook full of stories Grandma Jean created for each grandchild based on their personalities and imagination ...

Expressing Feelings Without Words: art therapy helps children express inner turmoil

Thu. May. 5th, 2016

Justine Childs, photos by Andrea Paulseth

One of my favorite activities with my granddaughter is when we “do art.” We bring out the huge tub of glue, glitter, construction paper, googly eyeballs, pom-poms, markers, pencils, crayons, coloring books, stickers, pipe cleaners, and beads and just create. The creations don’t have to make sense – and they usually don’t ...

Sensory-friendly Movies create a safe space

Tue. May. 3rd, 2016

V1 Staff

A collaboration between Alex Edwards and Cora Quinn from WAXX Radio and Micon Cinemas is bringing monthly sensory-friendly movies to the area for children with autism and other special sensory needs. Families that attend can expect lower sound volumes and dimmed (but not pitch-black) lights, and a safe environment ...

Craft Time: Magic Egg Experiment

Wed. Mar. 9th, 2016

When you tire of our rubber egg experiment (or you break it) you can move on to experimenting with those hardboiled Easter eggs that may be sitting in your refrigerator long after the bunny has hopped along ...

Craft Time: 2 Eggs-ellent Experiments

Wed. Mar. 9th, 2016

This time of year whenever anyone hears “eggs” they automatically throw “Easter” in front of it. But for at home mad scientists in the Valley, we add “periment” to the end of it. Get it? Eggs-periment ...

Craft Time: Volcano Egg Painting

Wed. Mar. 9th, 2016

There’s just something about the reaction between baking soda and vinegar that can keep kids entertained for hours. And considering how cheap the two ingredients are (you can buy them right at the dollar store) it’s a frugal family’s dream ...

Tie Die on the Fly

Thu. Mar. 3rd, 2016

Eau Claire Regional Arts Council

1. Create a design using markers on plain white tissue paper or a single coffee filter. / 2. Cut/tear and arrange pieces as desired onto a white sheet of paper. / 3. Gently spray with water until the markers’ ink begins to bleed ...

Special Angels Soar With Adaptive Music

Thu. Mar. 3rd, 2016

photos by Kristen Cooley

‘It’s all her,” Isaac Knopf, an adaptive music student at North High School and a performer in the Special Angels Show Choir, says as the teacher, Linda Johnson, hushes everyone. “She makes it all happen for us.” The fifth-hour adaptive music class starts out with a solo performance by one of the students, and on this day it was Ryan Smith’s turn ...