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Meet Matthew Reinhart and His Amazing Paper Art

Taking Story-Telling and Origami to a Whole New Level

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“I think everyone is born an artist – we just forget it or lose confidence as we get older because we think we aren’t good enough. Kids don’t have those art hang-ups. I envy them!”

– Matthew Reinhart

 

Even before they get to preschool or elementary art class, our kids have explored and expressed their creativity through paper. They’ve feverishly scribbled with crayons into coloring books (and, sometimes, onto walls, furniture, and family pets), made collages with construction paper, and dipped curious fingers into paints to turn blank sheets … READ MORE

Nerds In Real Life

How to Take Your Passion and Make Movie Magic

Celebrating Star Wars Day with Industrial Light & Magic’s Tim Alexander

Star Wars Day

When the first Star Wars film (Episode IV: A New Hope), hit theaters in 1977, it was an instant hit. With a budget of just $11 million, this simple story of good versus evil brought science fiction into the mainstream with a box office blowout of over $775 million. So, what made this new space epic so popular? Three simple elements: great story, a strong supporting cast, and unbelievable special and visual effects like nobody had seen before.

Forty years, (currently) eight movies, countless television episodes, hundreds … READ MORE

Inventors Nerds In Real Life

From Creative Kid to World-Class Inventor

Inventor David Yakos on why creativity is so importantIn honor of April being National Inventor’s Month, we’ve put together a series of amazing stories and posts on everyday and legendary inventors that are or have made an impact on our lives. This story of a creative kid that grew up to become an even more creative adult, originally appeared on Raising Nerd in November 2016 and it serves as a perfect example of how a little inspiration at a very young age can have a lifetime of influence.

Nerd on!

From Creative Kid to World-Class Inventor

At the age of five, David Yakos’ mom had an instinct about … READ MORE

Product & Book Reviews

What We Learned at New York Toy Fair

Nerd toys continue to trend at the 2017 New York Toy Fair.

Nerd toys continue to trend at the 2017 New York Toy Fair.

 

During the holidays we published our Raising Nerd Wish List, a shopping guide for parents looking for the best Nerd toys and books for their Nerds. Last month, Raising Nerd’s Imperfect Dad traveled to a place where those wishes come true: New York Toy Fair 2017.

For the past 114 years, the Toy Industry Association’s North American International Toy Fair has welcomed thousands of toy manufacturers, mass and specialty retailers, distributors, importers, and inventors from nearly 100 countries. The first Toy Fair in 1903 included fewer … READ MORE

Creativity

For Creativity: Instructions Need Not Apply – Updated

GirlTastic's - Luv Me S'More Cupcakes

This article on creativity originally appeared on Raising Nerd and has been updated.

My 11-year-old daughter, GirlTastic, has always been creative and continually seeks out new sources of inspiration. She spends hours watching videos on how to craft, paint and bake. She loves baking.

Having a sweet tooth of my own, I love her baking (most of the time).

But GirlTastic isn’t the type to scour a recipe for every little detail. That’s more like this Clueless Dad’s style. Instead, she heads into the pantry and refrigerator to pull out whatever she can find. Then she just wings … READ MORE

Creativity Product & Book Reviews

Nerd Book Review: I Am Jim Henson by Brad Meltzer

Henson2Jim Henson’s beloved Muppets made their debut with Sesame Street on November 10, 1969, just six months after I made my own debut into the world. Like millions of other parents, who are about my age now, I grew up with Jim Henson, Kermit, Grover and Big Bird.

By the time I’d outgrown Sesame Street, Henson’s creatures had moved into prime-time, network TV with The Muppet Show, and helped usher me, laughing and dreaming, through adolescence to adulthood.

The worlds Henson created are ones we’ve all, at one time or another in our lives, wished we could inhabit. … READ MORE