As parents we all need to work on teaching our kids the life skill to enjoy some quiet time while encouraging their creativity.
Here’s how to do it:
- Turn off the televisions: Initially, after a bit of whining and screaming in the morning, they will find their way to the craft space. It will take months before it becomes their routine to regularly start their day drawing or making something in their jammies.
- Have a large cleared off, flat surface where they can design:
- Children just need their own fancy flat space to spread out. It doesn’t necessarily have to be a customized space, or even a simple desk will be helpful.
- If kids feel cramped up, they get bored easily and soon start begging for a television.
- Have a vast array of art and craft supplies within their reach: Keep your desk drawers and shelves filled with both your things and baskets of twine, glue, glitter, wash tape and loads of every coloring device imaginable. Make sure all their supplies are handy and easily accessible.
- Be calm and satisfied with random: The creation children put together often insensible. Plastic gems are stuck haphazardly to scrapbook paper and then painted over. It won’t always be pretty, but they will keep themselves happily busy for hours.
- Periodically organize, clean out, and restock supplies. Art and craft isn’t much fun when all your stuff is cluttered, crayons are small nubs, and glue bottle cap is dried shut.
- Few things in the world are more inviting than a clean and tidy space, and freshly sharpened pencils.
- Surprise them with new projects from time to time: Every once in a while, I’ll come home with a package of foam sheets, or a new color of glitter, or even a simple wooden birdhouse ready for painting.
Often they start with the new product, and keep right on going. For hours.
With a little bit of advance planning, a vow not to interfere or nag, and an oath not to turn on the television, you will be more than thrilled with the kind of creativity you strike in your kids and the things they create.
Everyday here at Akeba Academy, we encourage children to express their creativity. We give them different exercises and activities that are a learning experience as well as a chance for the children to use their imagination.
Call us today at 912-289-2725 to have your child be apart of an amazing childcare program.