The Yellow Canoe subscription delivers fun, accessible, planet-friendly learning tools, supporting families and organizations in growing innovators, critical-thinkers and problem-solvers, empowering youth to identify opportunity and take positive action on the issues children care about and using the playful and creative activities they enjoy to activate curiosity, character and confidence.


the yellow canoe on creativity and learning for kids

Our digital subscription service delivers an imaginative, multi-layered experience for kids and families in a fun and easily downloadable package. Each monthly Issue connects art projects with academic subjects, encourages resourcefulness and re-use, and nurtures social awareness and social-emotional skills. Each activity has been tested and approved by kids, including an Advisory Board of children, ranging from age 5 to 12.

candice blansett-cummins of the wishcraft workshop and the yellow canoe on creativity and learning for kidsThe Yellow Canoe combines activism and the arts in a way that brings families, classrooms, and communities together with the goal of creating innovators and global citizens who can solve problems on a personal, local, national and international level. Candice Blansett-Cummins, The Yellow Canoe founder, says: “Integrating social-emotional connections and academic subjects within the context of the creative activities kids enjoy prepares them as lateral-thinkers and empathetic problem-solvers, benefiting themselves, their communities and eventually our world.” Candice knows that to prepare our kids for the brightest of futures requires hindering creative inhibition by activating character, curiosity and confidence with fun.

The Yellow Canoe is a digital extension of the philosophy of The Wishcraft Workshop, a space for children and families in Chicago that grows curious artists who experiment, confident thinkers who question their world, and mindful citizens who advocate for themselves and one another. Candice opened The Wishcraft Workshop in 2008 in a tiny Chicago store-front and has since grown to serve the local community, the Chicago metro area (we call it “Chicagoland”, like an amusement park!) and students and families from around the world.

Learn more about the artists and thinkers of The Wishcraft Workshop and if you’re visiting Chicago, plan your visit!

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12-monthly issues, $47

6-monthly issues, $27

month-by-month, $7/issue

In Every Issue
binoculars icon Scout It Out
Meet the Issue's topics and prepare for your adventure.

utility knife icon Outfit Your Crew
Collect any supplies to make the art.

oars icon Ready, Set, Row
Follow along with simple instructions for three different projects of varying complexity. Start with the "Dip A Toe" project, move on to "Jump In" and then finish with "Make A Splash."

hand in hand icon (G)row Together
Find tips for parents in "Toss Them A Line" (considerations for varying needs and capabilities), "Adventure About" (ideas for applying the learning in their world) and "Buckle The Life Vest" (suggestions for additional skills practice to prepare your child for success).

canoe icon Paddle Your Own Canoe
Kids explore on their own (or with a little help) ideas to practice what they've learned in "Get Your Bearings" (self-reflection), "Buoy Yourself" (helpful tips) and "Make Good Waves" (apply the skills).

greenhouse icon Leave No Trace
When applicable, this section provides guidelines to upcycle any leftover project materials.

world love icon In The Same Boat
Practice new skills on a personal, local, regional, national or global level.

backpack icon Pack It Up
Explore the interconnectedness of the projects, the activities and the ideas.

field notes icon Field Notes
Share with us what you learned, what you made or how did it go...because we want to know!

TYC science iconTYC languag arts iconTYC math icon
Science! Language! Math!
Look for these icons to find a connection to the academic subjects your child may be studying. Play with math. Learn new words. Watch science in action. Then be ready for them to be confident and delighted when they come across these ideas in their studies.
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