MINI MAKER CAMP art labs creative play

We are over the moon excited to announce our first MINI MAKER CAMP! The last two summer Art Labs have been extended and combined into a 2-day intensive experience that will take place on the mornings of Aug 26 (Mon) and Aug 28 (Wed) from 9-10:30 (with an optional +30 mins as needed for projects). Mini Makers will be ages 3 and up; Mini Makers age 5 and under must be accompanied and assisted by an adult. 

We will delve into more elaborate projects that require time to dry/set in between for optimal results. Our two main projects will be Cardboard Houses and Tiered Clay/Gem Stone Ornaments.

Mini Makers will learn to problem solve, make creative decisions, and get a really immersive experience. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to Sophia Moon (hello@essemartstudio.com). We hope to see your Mini Makers at our first camp!



Homemade Strawberry Banana Popsicles… 😋

Homemade Strawberry Banana Popsicles… 😋

creative play home activities recipes

For a little kid (and the kid within us all) nothing really beats a delicious frozen popsicle on a sweltering, hot day. Am I right? In our family, we try our best to limit our “added sugar” and artificial ingredient intake and sometimes that means witnessing the wistful eyes of our toddler when she sees other kids enjoying brightly colored and lovely looking sugar cookies, candy, and colorful bomb pops.

So, this summer, we’ve ventured into making popsicles at home… and we are all loving it. This is a fun kitchen activity we can do together, and the whole family partakes in the treats. Here’s a basic recipe that makes six 3-ounce popsicles. We’ve tried a bunch of flavors but this one is our favorite so far.


⋒ Strawberry Banana Popsicles ⋒

2 bananas (3 if your kid is a banana monster like ours)

6 strawberries

1 cup of almond milk (any milk)

Honey (to taste)

Vanilla (tiny dash) *optional

Muddler – You can blend as well, but we like the chunks of fruit so we use a muddler, a fork works as well.

Popsicle Mold – We loved the Zoku Classic Popsicle mold that we purchased on amazon but there are tons of fun characters and shapes out there to try.


Simple Steps: so simple a kid can do it… 

Just muddle/fork/squash/blend the fruits together. The juicy strawberries do get on clothes so don’t wear white (I may or may not be speaking from experience 🤦🏻‍♀️).

Add honey (a little will do if the fruit is sweet) and a dash of vanilla. Stir in almond milk.

Pour into the molds and prepare to answer the question “Are they ready yet” for the rest of the waking hours of the day.