Thursday, August 12, 2010

Creativity Box for Kids

I love the idea of letting children express their creative sides. In fact, recently I gave an art easel and art box full of paints, stickers, chalk, markers to my nephew for his second birthday. And for my own boys we have two art centers of all kinds of crafty stuff.  I think allowing children to make their own cards or wrapping paper for gifts is a wonderful idea. I also believe if you have a few useful items on hand, it can make a rainy day activity so much easier.

Today's message is about preparing your own art box and letting the children be the creative director of the projects. To get started buy or re-purpose a plastic storage tote or storage center. (I just bought a second tower with drawers and wheels at Walmart for under $10)  Then head on over to your favorite dollar store and go to their stationary aisle.  There you will find fun stuff like pipe cleaners, pom poms, colored craft sticks, construction paper, glue, glitter, decorative scissors, etc.  Stock up on inexpensive, colorful items. Once you make all your purchases, let your children help you organize the art box. The kids will be so excited and want to start creating.

Finally, make sure to take time to let your children make some projects. While Adam will make wrapping paper and cards, my younger son will just doodle on some paper. There  is no right or wrong to creating art.  It's a great time to have interesting conversations with your kids. It's also a terrific opportunity to practice cutting skills, pencil grips, and following instructions.  When the projects are complete, display them proudly in the home or give away to family & friends.  We mail cards all the time to family back home.


filled with coloring books & crayons

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