by Belinda Witzenhausen
It’s March break again, the time of year that strikes fear into the hearts of many parents. What can you do to occupy and inspire your child during the week?
Are you going on a long drive or flight and are worried about how to keep your child occupied? Create an age-appropriate travel kit for your child. Pack an inexpensive tote with journals, markers, coloured pencils or crayons, stickers, glue sticks and drawing tablets.
Along the way encourage your child to keep a travel journal. At every stop have them pick up inexpensive postcards and incorporate them into their journal, writing about each stop. This will not only keep your child occupied but also enable them to have a lasting memory of their travels.
Not traveling? No Problem! If feasible, plan day trips to museums, theatres and your local zoo. Have your child pick up postcards, ticket stubs and programs to add to their travel journal. Is your child a budding artist? Have them take a sketchbook along as well.
Want to get out of the house? Create an “around town” scavenger hunt. By using a relatively inexpensive disposable camera give your child a list of items to photograph right in your own backyard. Make it a “Signs of Spring” list i.e. bird, flower bud, chipmunk, etc.
Another option – does your child love cars? Take them to a car show or around the neighbourhood looking for different cars for example the oldest car, the biggest car, a red car, etc. Once all of the pictures have been taken have them developed and have fun with your child creating a special collage.
Local craft stores, libraries and community centres may offer classes on everything from pottery to bead making and help your child to create a lasting treasure. For inexpensive creative ideas check out my article “Creativity on a Dime” also on Suite 101.
Not only do creative pursuits help pass time they also give your child tools to live a creative life. Creating helps give your child a sense of accomplishment and boosts their self confidence. Learning how to tap into their creativity helps them find solutions to problems by teaching them how to think “outside the box”. Other benefits of being creative are that your child also learns how to express themselves, learn new skills and discover their unique attributes.
Originally published on Suite 101 http://suite101.com/article/creativity-for-children-a15950