- Kids are naturally creative. It is only as they get older they start to develop feelings of inadequacy or incompetence usually because their creativity was not recognised.
As parents and grand parents we need to cultivate that natural creativity in our children and grandchildren. That means having a range of ideas and materials ready especially for rainy days.
That might be through art such as drawing, painting, and making things from scrap material and boxes etc. It could mean acting out a story, so as you read a story to your children you could encourage acting out some of the characters. Dress up as them and put on a little family concert. One child can be the compere of the show and the others the actors. Invite some friends to be an audience. The kids will love it.
You can allow them to be creative by cooking some supper for the guests and teach them how to greet people and welcome the guests then thank them for coming.
Home made play doh is easy to make and is always a lot of fun for young children and costs very little. Heres the recipe.
What you need
- 4 cups flour
- 4 teaspoons cream of tartar
- 1 cup salt
- 4 cups water
- A few drops of food colouring
- 2 tablespoons cooking oil
What you need to do
- Sift flour into a large cooking pot.
- Add cream of tartar and salt and mix to combine.
- Combine water and a few drops of food colouring in a large jug.
- Add oil and water to dry ingredients and stir to combine.
- Continue stirring mixture over medium heat until the mixture thickens.
- Remove dough from saucepan and allow to cool before use.
- Have fun