For this week's family play activity, colour, create and play with sidewalk chalk. Sidewalk chalk is a great way to get outside and allow your children's imaginations to run wild. Educational benefits include improvement of fine motor skills, the development of a child's imagination, cooperation skills and play skills. After your children have had some time to free play with their sidewalk chalk, you can tried structured games such as hopscotch, tic tac, SOS, or any other games that you would play on paper. You can also make up games such as drawing pretend rocks that they have to 'jump' on to avoid shark or crocodile infested waters. Have a great Saturday!
Last week we began our 1st in a two part series on fostering creativity. You will remember we looked at the importance of creating a safe space for your child to be creative. This week we are going to look at how to promote creativity in your child.
There are tons of ways we can do this, but I’m going to take us back to three words that I mentioned when we were discussing hindering creativity: explore, experiment and play. These three words should be our guide when it comes to promoting creativity and creative thinking.
Firstly, let’s explore the more popular ways of fostering creativity. When creativity is discussed it is often linked to the arts, to activities like painting, drawing, sculpture making, or drama and music. These are all great ways to encourage self-expression. We can foster this in our home by having the relevant materials on hand and in reach of our children. Encourage art work rather than television watching. Display their art work on the fridge or in our child’s room. Encourage them to create things for family members and friends.
If you follow this blog, you know that I am a mother of three children. My husband and I are very happy to be raising our crew in the Beautiful by Nature Turks and Caicos Islands. We have great weather year round, and we are surrounded by the most beautiful beaches in the world. So naturally, one of our favorite family activities is going to the beach. The water, the breeze, the sandcastles...magnificent. Except, we have one that loves deep water, one who only wants to build sand castles and not go too close to the water, and another one who seems to be on a mission to see how much sand he can eat before he is caught!
I say this to say, that we often have to get creative with our family activities to ensure that we are playing enough with our children, especially outdoors. Children love to play. Whether it's beach play or imaginative play in the house. Play is the work of childhood and a great amount of learning and happiness happens through play.
It is no secret that it is a challenge to find affordable family activities for families that reside in the Turks and Caicos Islands, and so we are going to start a new weekly feature at Learn and Lead. Each week we will post a 'Family Play Activity' to inspire you to add to your bank of family play activities.
This week: Have a Bubble Party
Materials: bubble solution, cups, straws/pipe cleaners.
Have a bubble party with your children! You can make bubble solution with water, liquid dish detergent, and a couple tea spoons of sugar. A quick internet search can give you more specific recipe if you would like. Provide them with straws or pipe cleaners that can be made into different shapes to create their own bubble wands. If you are making the solution with your children and do add sugar, make sure to remind them not to eat the solution. It is still soap!
Have a great bubble party!
Yolande Robinson, B.Ed. M.Ed, the owner of Learn and Lead Educational Center, has a passion for educating and sharing knowledge. She is a wife and a mother of three. For more from Yolande, visit www.yolanderobinson.com.