This was a painting my daughter did when she was three. I wanted a huge piece of hanging art for our living room, but it wasn’t high on our priority “spend” list. So, I went to the art supply store, bought a canvas in the appropriate size and mixed up some paint colours that were complementary to our decor… voila! The beauty of this is that we can paint over it every few years and have a fresh, new work of art to display!
This past Father’s Day, I had both my kids make works of art for their Daddy. When my daughter was in preschool, she had made a painting with her hand print in the corner and I thought it would be wonderful if my son could do the same. That way, there would be a great memento from them at roughly the same age… their small hands forever immortalized in paint. 🙂
|The finished masterpieces!
In addition to painting, I love that my daughter is old enough to take to art galleries. We just visited the Picasso exhibit at the Art Gallery of Ontario this past weekend, and it really inspired her. She brought her sketch book and was drawing away the entire time we were there. They also had a fantastic children’s area where kids could really unleash their inner Picassos!
My little guy loves to get dirty (what little kid doesn’t?) and I find that his creativity is unleashed through dramatic play at the park. He adores the sand box and relishes playing “construction site” with all the great diggers and dump trucks there. He gets right into it, making the sounds of the vehicles and constructing sand castle buildings. It’s so fun to watch him!
There are so many activities to help your kids unleash their creativity and free their imaginations. Here’s a round-up of our favourite supplies:
- paints (I like Crayola; washable = sanity saver!)
- dollar store paint canvases
- paper and crayons
- puppets (especially love finger puppets… you can take ’em anywhere)
- modelling clay
- sandbox/water table (my son could play there for hours)
- building blocks (foam or wood)
No matter what you do, just remember – there are no rules when it comes to creative play! Let your kids think outside the box. You never know, you just might get some inspiration from them!
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