I love the innocent creativity of my preschooler. She draws, dances, sings, and invents without a care in the world, and I want to do what I can to give her the space and freedom to create.
There are scads of great art and craft ideas on the internet, and they are some of my favorite places for inspiration. In fact, I’ll soon be reviewing an excellent book that has completely re-inspired me to tap into my creative side as a mama. (Oh, and of course, there will be a giveaway attached to the review. But that’s later.)
But there are times when I just don’t have it in me to plan out a specific craft idea – the research, the supply gathering, the instructing. And you know? Sometimes my daughter just doesn’t have it in her to be instructed on how to create. She just needs the tools to do it on her own.
So that’s when we have free art time.
All you need to do is provide some art supplies, an open, safe place to create, minimal distractions, and time. Soft background music also speaks peace. Depending on the age, your child might need some help or guidance, of course.
But really, that’s half the fun for us – the laundry can wait an hour. Roll up your sleeves and get out the glue. You’ll be surprised at the art your child can muster, and you’ll be pleasantly surprised as you destress and relax as a family.
So many things can become art supplies: there’s crayons and paper, of course, but don’t forget about rocks, leaves, scraps of paper, magazine clippings, cotton balls, toilet paper rolls, fabric, buttons, feathers, sand, and even dirt.
How is your child going to create today? How are you going to create? Start your week on a good note, and let your child tap into her creativity. And don’t forget to tap into your own.