Being a mother of two, I know I would like my children to be creative and imaginative individuals. Having studied Industrial and Fine Arts with a major in Communication Design, I have a natural urge to teach them to explore the world of art and express their feelings through it.
Arts and crafts usually fit together but they are two very different things. Art involves exploring your imagination, where as crafts involve making something with a specific idea in your mind. When a child does these two things their imagination and creativity is stimulated and they learn ways to communicate symbolically through what they create, for example feelings.
Teaching your kids to be creative does not have to be a complicated process, it doesn’t have to be expensive or too time consuming. If you are like me and are artistic it is a bonus but you do not have to have a lot of experience with this.
Your kids can experience the basics of arts and crafts from home through the use of simple materials like: Crayons, play dough, paint, glue, glitter, paper and so much more. Depending on the age of your child, you can even introduce them to paper crafts, which involves the use of scissors.
A popular activity in our household is drawing and colouring, it is a great way for my kids to interact and learn from each other. My older child is always the “ teacher “ guiding her little sister on the best way to draw the perfect house or princess. Save for the few fights over who is using the other’s colours this is a great way to encourage bonding as well as imagination and creativity. It also helps mummy to get started on dinner or the dishes without driving her mad.
Very soon we will be trying out newer activities, some of which I have read on line – Google is your friend in this case there are so many different arts and crafts one could try out with their children which means you will never run out of good ideas!
My next project with my girls is which I know will be an amazing opportunity for my girls to be as colorful and creative as they want to be, and its so easy :
- Paper plate,
- Stapler or glue,
- Something to color with (paint, markers, crayons, etc)
Whatever you decide to do with your kids keep it simple yet give them the opportunity to explore the world of creativity and colour.