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be curious activity: colorful curiosity!

be curious activity: colorful curiosity!

While home with the kids, we wanted to share a few ways to create sunshine during your day with our weekly activity inspired by our BE CURIOUS! book launching on April 7th! These are simple activities you can do with materials you have at home to inspire colorful curiosity especially for little ones from ages 2-6...

COLOR SCAVENGER HUNTS (above)

Simply make small squares of color and paste on a single page. Then search the house to find small objects that match each color square! Find the full tutorial here.  

be curious activity: colorful curiosity!

LETTER CRAYONS

Here's a great time to make use of all those crayon bits we have laying around to create something new! Kids can help come up with their favorite color combinations or group similar colors (all the greens, for example) together! Find the full instructions right here.

be curious activity: colorful curiosity!

GEM CHALK

If it's warm where you live, get in some outdoor time with chalk art, and these gems are so fun for kids to help make and then get to use. See how right here.

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SMUSHED PAINT ART

Super fun and tactile especially for little ones as small as 1 year old, we love this project that turns into your very own masterpieces! The color options here are endless! See that one right here.

Color is all around us and certainly inspires a ton curiosity and creating! Let us know which projects you create together! Also, check out our Make with Kids Pinterest board for more ideas!

(Photos by Lily Glass and Casey Brodley, styling by Julia Wester, Wilmarose Orlanes, and Ariel Fulmer, Production Assistance by Jess Hong.)

our newest collection of kids' shoes is here!

Oh Joy! for See Kai Run Shoes

I'm so excited to share our newest collection and second round of kid's shoes for See Kai Run! Designed with adventure and play in mind, the collection is colorful, fun, and durable for every adventure!

Oh Joy! for See Kai Run Shoes

Oh Joy! for See Kai Run Shoes

This collection comes in two designs available in the high top sneaker style — Super Stars and Sunny Sprinkles! From sizes 4 to 13.5, they fit from toddlers to big kids which make for fun mixing-and-matching for siblings and friend, too. You can find them both here at See Kai Run right now!

{Photos by Lily Glass. Photo Concept/Production/Styling by Julia Wester, Production Assistance by Jess Hong. Shoe pattern design by Kim Vu for Oh Joy.}

Our first kids' book comes out in one month + a gift for you!

Oh Joy! Be Curious Kid's Book

Today is a very exciting day because we are just ONE MONTH AWAY from launching the first of our THREE KIDS' BOOKS coming with Scholastic this year. Written by me and illustrated by Angie Stalker, all three books emphasize qualities to instill in our little ones to help them become kind, strong, creative, and capable humans. Our first one, BE CURIOUS!, comes out in one month on April 7th! It follows along a curious cat and encourages exploration and curiosity in your everyday adventures.

Oh Joy! Be Curious Kid's Book

The book is written for ages 0-3, for parents to read to their babies and toddlers. But they are also the perfect level of reading for early readers from 4-6 who are practicing reading themselves!

Oh Joy! Be Curious Kid's Book

I'm so excited to give those of you who have already pre-ordered, or who pre-order now before it launches, a BE CURIOUS! Activity Booklet for you and your little one to create and be curious together. Check out my stories today on Instagram to get a sneak peek of the booklet.

Here's how to get one:
Once your book has been ordered, simple visit this page right here and you'll receive the colorful Activity Booklet via email (which you can print from home) on or around April 7th after the book launches. We're so excited for you to have another way to explore with your little ones!

P.S. For those of you in Los Angeles, we'll be having a book signing on Sunday, April 5th! We will have limited space, so sign up on our mailing list to get the email that will announce RSVPs for the event. I can't wait to see some of you then!

{Photos by Lily Glass. Photo Concept/Production/Styling by Julia Wester, Production Assistance by Jess Hong. Book Written by Joy Cho and illustrated by Angie Stalker.}

a bird house for your little valentine...

a bird house for your valentine... / via oh joy!

Some birdie loves you! We love a good pun, and these cute bird house valentines are full of them. They make for an inexpensive and unique gift, AND they double as a fun craft for your mini valentine! It's the gift that keeps on giving. Check it out...

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a colorful nesting table diy...

a colorful nesting table diy... / via oh joy!

We're all about space-saving tricks for the home, especially when it comes to kid stuff! While it's nice to have extra tables and storage on hand, it's even nicer when you're able to tuck them away as needed or to consolidate multiple items into one. So today, we're showing you how to maximize nesting tables!

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oh joy! for mixbook holiday cards are here...

oh joy! for mixbook holiday cards are here... / via oh joy!

One of my favorite ways to celebrate the end of a great year and all the memories that made is so special is to create and send holiday cards to our closest friends and family. So together with Mixbook, we've made it fun and easy to send some cheer to your loved ones this season with our Oh Joy! for Mixbook holiday cards...

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oh joy! for mixbook holiday cards are here... / via oh joy!

oh joy! for mixbook holiday cards are here... / via oh joy!

oh joy! for mixbook holiday cards are here... / via oh joy!

We created four colorful and festive card templates—Holiday Dots, Cheers, Holiday Stripes, and Holiday Confetti Frame—for you to upload your family photos into! Most have a fun foil options to add a dash of metallic magic to your cards, and you can even get creative and overlay our hand-drawn stickers on top of your photos! To make the whole process even easier, we also created matching address labels and "To/From" stickers to place on presents. 

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Start creating your own extra special Oh Joy! holiday cards right here at Mixbook.com! Don’t forget putting together Year in Review Photo Books using our Oh Joy! for Mixbook themes. They make perfect gifts for the holidays.

{Garland background photos by Lily Glass, Concept/Production/Styling by Julia Wester, Production Assistance by Jess Hong. Solid background photos by Mixbook. Written by Joy Cho and Traci Michael.}

oh joy! for plus-plus...

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I fell in love with Plus-Plus a couple years ago after Ruby received them as a birthday gift. My girls play with them for HOURS and create tons of shapes, towns, animals, and so much more. Plus-Plus is one shape with endless possibilities. Designed and made in Denmark, this deceptively simple shape is the ultimate in open-ended play. You can make flowers, butterflies, robots...the list goes on and on. So, I'm thrilled to announce that we've partnered with Plus-Plus to bring you two exclusive color-ways sold only in our Oh Joy shop!

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oh joy! for plus-plus... / via oh joy!

They're available in two fun color-ways: Sunset and Ocean. We love them on their own or combined together for a full rainbow of colors!

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oh joy! for plus-plus... / via oh joy!

oh joy! for plus-plus... / via oh joy!

oh joy! for plus-plus... / via oh joy!

Perfect for kids ages 5-12, they're great for bringing to restaurants to entertain little ones while out at a restaurant, to the doctor’s office, or anytime a wait is expected. I keep a tube in my car to have on hand just in case! With just one simple shape, kids will have tons of fun creating their own masterpieces. 

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Each tube has 280 pieces for $18 for they make great birthday and holiday gifts (or stocking stuffers!). Or have a whole table of them for a play date, birthday, or any day and the little ones in your life will LOVE! Shop them now in our shop right here!

{Photos by Lily Glass, Concept/Production/Styling by Julia Wester, Production Assistance by Jess Hong. Written by Joy Cho and Traci Michael.}

OMG! Three new kids' books coming...

You're Okay! / Written by Joy Cho, Art by Angie Stalker

If you caught the news I shared a few months ago about a new kid's book I wrote coming out next year, I have some even BETTER news! We're actually launching THREE KIDS' BOOKS next year with Scholastic. Written by me and illustrated by our Art and Design Director, Angie Stalker, all three books emphasize qualities to instill in our little ones to help them become kind, strong, creative, and capable humans.

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weekend project: a 3-D felt puzzle for kids!

a fun felt puzzle to make for your kids! / via oh joy!

This might be the coolest felt puzzle we've seen! And, guess what?! They were bird houses before we turned them around! With a little bit of felt and velcro, we transformed them into something super colorful and fun for kids to play with over and over again. They remind us of a cross between paper dolls and felt boards, and we are here for it. Here's how to make your own... 

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from print to nursery...

From Print To Nursery... / via Oh Joy!

Kids' rooms are one of our favorite spaces to reinvent. We took inspiration from a floral print and built an entire nursery around it...take a look!

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