We’ve all heard the words "I’m bored" from our kids during the school holidays and unless you want them to sit in front of a TV or computer screen all the time, it’s up to you as parents to come up with creative ways from them to spend their time.
Exercise, sports, going to the park, in fact any physical activity, is a great way to entertain and keep the kids active and healthy. However this will usually involve either the parents or child minder with organising the activity, taking them to wherever they can do the activity, making sure no one gets hurt or lost, etc., etc. Lots to think about. How about some quiet activity that will keep the little darlings busy for hours?
Art and craft projects are the kinds of activities that give children lots of fun, keep them busy and teach them things, including the talents they have. Crafts help develop hand/eye coordination in young children and if they can do the craft projects in the company of other children, they’ll also learn to share.
Making things for other people is also something kids love to do, so encouraging them with craft projects is a great way to keep them busy and teach them the joys of making something to give away. It can also teach them that money isn’t always necessary if they want to give someone a gift.
Projects that will engage young children’s imaginations include the creative use of crayons. For instance, your child could grate several differently coloured crayons, dropping the grated pieces onto a large piece of white paper. Turn your iron on low and put a second piece of paper over the crayon shavings, then run the iron over that long enough to melt the crayon bits. The wax melts and runs together and creates a transparent effect. The picture could then be trimmed into a circle or square, whatever suits the shape of the colours and taped onto a window. When the sun shines through it, the picture looks like stained glass.
Another inexpensive project that can give a child lots of enjoyment while making it and for some time after as well, is making mobiles (not phones!). The mobile can be made out of "found" things like bits from the beach or old CDs or DVDs or even things the child may already have at the bottom of their toy chest like small toys from a kids meal at McDonalds or from a party bag or cereal prize, etc. Mobiles can be made from old buttons that Mom has hanging around or that can be found at garage sales in an old box or jar.
The key to making a really great mobile is to find the right hanger for everything else. Pieces of driftwood or twisty branches work well, as do clothes hangers wrapped with colored paper or ribbon. The next step is to tie everything on, making sure to keep the weight on both sides balanced. String, fishing line, ribbon or thread can be used to tie the other bits on. To add interest, use shiny and non-shiny things so that when the sun shines on it, there will be flashes of light or color. Add things like bells or old forks and knives, bent into funny shapes, to add sound.
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Joyce Brister is a loving parent and Blogger for the My Baby Blog. Joyce loves writing about situations that parents are often faced with. She would like for you to take a look at the Glenna Jean Kirby Collection at My Baby Bedding Shop.