Quick Tips for Improving Your Child’s Creativity

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Guest Blogger, Annabelle Short

Fostering creativity in your child is very important to their future. While they are young, their minds are very impressionable and susceptible to the things going on around them. With many bad influences surrounding them, it is important to foster good and creative ideas that will prepare them to be successful in the future.

While they might not grow up to be the next Vincent van Gogh, creativity is still beneficial. It exposes their mind to a different way of thinking and opens new pathways, allowing them to really discover their interests and to grow and learn new things.

Here are some great tips for improving your child’s creativity:

  • Discuss creativity with your child. Your child will have an easier time letting themselves be creative, if they know exactly what it is that you are trying to get them to do. Let them know that it is fun to draw, paint and try new things. You are fostering creativity by making them aware of it.
  • Design a place for them to be creative. By giving them the atmosphere to be creative, they are more likely to take advantage of it. Set up an arts and crafts station. Put out pens, pencils, notebooks and stickers. A great way to really interest your child in the area is by adding personalized stickers! You can order stickers that are specific to things that your child is interested in. This will be sure to catch their attention and make them feel special. You could do something as simple as put their name on them, to something more special that they enjoy. They can use these stickers in their next creative project!
  • Avoid micromanaging. Let them be. Leave your child alone to be creative. While it is important to still keep an eye on them, don’t hover. They cannot be creative if you are standing right over them guiding them in what to do. Allow them the time and the space to develop and foster their own ideas.
  • Avoid only coloring books. Instead or pre-printed designs and books, try just giving them some white paper. This gives them a blank canvas to create something totally their own. This will avoid them just following the rules and allow them to think of something totally outside of the box.
  • Let them get messy. This might be the hardest part, but it goes right along with avoid micromanaging. Sometimes, they need to get messy in order to truly foster their creative ideas. Obviously, don’t just ignore it totally and let them get unruly or destroy the house, but sometimes a little paint on their hands and in their hair, is okay. They are learning.
  • Be creative yourself. Kids do learn by watching. If they see that you are being creative and trying new things, they will often want to do so themselves. This is also a great opportunity for you to encourage it. You could even say something as simple as, “See, mommy is being creative and making a new project. Why don’t you try?” This also goes hand-in-hand with discussing creativity, but this is the leading by example part of that.

Make Your Road Trip Family Friendly: 7 Step Guide

7 Tips for Traveling with Kids

Guest Blogger, Jonathon 

Whether you’re hitting the road or soaring in the not-so-cordial skies, the probable hassles are plentiful. Regrettably, we can’t bring gas prices down, promise you extra space on the airplane, or make your finicky, bored child suddenly fascinated by the scenery. But we can equip you with funky ideas, survival tactics, and practical guidance to lend a hand in your planning to make your tour half the fun.

These ideas will work for kids of all ages- some are apparently better-suited to juveniles or bigger kids, so pick what works best for you and your itinerant companions.

Here are seven boredom-ousting family-friendly road trip ideas that cover everything from what to observe, local eats and where to crash!

1. Packing strategy

Don’t just stow every item, pack everything but in small quantity for uncomplicated access on the road so you wouldn’t have to excavate around in baggage. Don’t forget to keep mosquito repellents – in a paper bag in the car’s cabin. If you’re going to a temperate climate, keep swimsuits and towels in a beach bag – you never know when you might trip up on an enormous swimming hole.

2.  Choose your music shrewdly

Great music and road trips go so well together also making the hours go by much more rapidly. Choose music that everyone can enjoy. Perhaps select a soundtrack from a dearly-loved movie or some catching retro tunes.

A car with a steady sound system helps too.

3.  Prepare for pit stops

Regardless of how well prepared you are or how keen on getting to your destination well before bed time, you’ll have to halt along the way. The exquisiteness of a road trip is you can pull over anytime and get out wherever you fancy.

If it’s a family tour that involves traveling with toddlers and younger kids, try to avoid driving for longer durations in one stretch. Expecting kids to sit immobile for much longer is pretty unworkable.

4.  Pack lots of snacks

Keep abundant of beverages and snacks on hand. Foodstuff that can survive traveling well includes bagels, pretzels, granola bars, and cereal. Bring an insulated container for string cheese, tubes of yogurt, and other prone to decay provisions.

Expert’s Tip: Nuts and dried fruit and spill proof, sippy cups for smaller kids. Fresh fruit and juice cans can cause the mess.

5. Entertainment

Keep your children entertained with activities such as songs, stories, and jokes. Toddlers are crazy about sticky label books. If older kids are accompanying you, try audio books, stories or they too can be kept entertained with games. You can get travel adaptations of many that are all the rage, from Battleship to Scrabble. Be sure to choose the versions for car trips which have pieces that slide or attach by magnets. A travel journal can keep kids busy and capture memories of your family trip. Give each child a notebook and washable crayons or markers.

6.  Play some movies

Talking about keeping kids entertained and not watching movies while journeying, something’s definitely off! Use an iPad or moveable DVD player if you don’t have en suite screens in the car.

7.  Make them giggle

Lay your hands on a few manuscripts of jokes and consent to children taking turns telling them. Chuckle along with the kids on a few punch lines!

Here our valuable suggestions come to a stop. In the end, we only hope that you travel safely and soundly with your kids, as, safety is above all.

Happy traveling!!!

Author Bio:

Jonathon is an IT expert and a researcher. He is obsessed with cars and all the digital accessories. He regularly posts at www.sakerracing.com

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5 Reasons to Teach Your Kids About Art

 

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Guest Blogger, Lizzie Weakley

Art can create a world that exists only in the confines of one’s heart. It gives young people the chance to fall in love with something that will reside with them for a lifetime. Art is not only successful as a form of entertainment, but as a work shop to channel the intuitive mind. Some people shun intuitive thought, but the beauty in teaching children about the breadth and potential of art is priceless. Below are just a few reasons you should teach your kids about art.

1. Expression

Effective art communicates ideas, feelings and dreams for the future. Children are still developing and visual art can give them the tools they need to convey their thoughts without the use of words. Painting, drawing and making hand crafts can redirect negative energy into something positive. This is great for children struggling with frustration, sadness and chaotic emotions.

2. Confidence

When a child creates, they’re bound to experience a swell of pride in their accomplishment. The influence of peers and media can make young people feel ostracized and weak, but art has the power to build an inner power. Whether you magnet a finger painting to your fridge or use a metallic frame from places like Kelly Gallery, supporting your child’s artistic pursuits is important.

3. Wisdom

Art is suffused with passion, making it a masterful instructor. Whether its music, film, literature, animation or video games, art has the power to teach in a way that’s unique and striking. Showing your children a wide breadth of art can help them become more knowledgeable of the world and different ideologies, which is vital to helping them forge their own opinions and sense of self.

4. Grace

From the elegant flit of a dancer’s limbs to the soft lines of a hand drawn animation cell, the graceful presence within art has the power to calm and improve focus. If you have a child that is hyperactive or anxious, the silken tone of music and charming images can help her feel centered and peaceful. Since artistic activities are often sedentary, they give kids a moment to understand the importance of quiet movement and thought.

5. Individuality

Society tends to foster the concept that certain people are superior to others based on their personality type, appearance and other status symbols. Exposing children to art can help them develop a sensitivity to others and a genuine interest in kindness and honesty. It helps children understand the beauty of oddities, and allows them to embrace themselves so that they don’t have to build up an ego of false pretense.

Regardless of age or gender, art is for everyone. There are many reasons to promote art appreciation in your household, but perhaps the biggest is that it will make you form a stronger bond with your kids. If you take the time to engage in art projects with young ones, you’ll be creating memories that will last indefinitely.