As a parent you have a window of time to get your children interested in a wide variety of things. Once they reach a certain age it becomes harder and harder to convince them they shouldn’t watch TV all day, play on the computer all the time, and play video games. This is not to say these are bad things but it is a good idea to involve your children in a wide variety of activities. It will allow their creativity to grow and flourish into skills they may carry with them for life.
A crafty parent may never run out of ideas but just in case your having a hard time deciding on what to do, here are a two ideas. Sculpting can be a way to spark your child’s creativity and is a process that can overtake them for at least a couple of weeks. For this project you don’t need to spend hardly any money, you can make an appropriate sculpting clay from ingredients in your kitchen. Take two cups of flour, a half cup of salt, and a ¼ cup of coffee. Mix this until it has a clay consistency. If you cover this and store it you can keep this clay for several weeks. This clay will allow you to mold it into different figurines and shapes. If this mixture gets to hard you can add a little water to loosen up the mixture. Once you have molded the shapes you can dry it in a couple of ways. In a stove set to 200 for about 1 hour and a half it will harden right up and turn into a softer shelled figure. If you let it dry in room temperature it will dry almost with a stone look within about 3 to 4 days. Once it is totally dry you can sand it, cover it with a sealant like shellac, and then paint it. This project is crafty and great for the kids to see their imaginations come alive.
Another idea that can be fun for the kids is paper mache. Paper Mache has a certain process. First you have a frame, this frame can be cardboard, wire, milk jugs, and any other harder backing. Once you have a frame your covering this frame with small strips of newsprint binded by a glue. When you are done with the various layers to your project you have your creation. To make a Paper Mache paste there are many recipes that you can use. Searching the net will give you a wide variety of them. A usable paste can be made from flour, water. The idea is to mix one part flour and one part water till you have a usable paste. For the paper you can use nearly anything but it is best to use newsprint. Tear the newspaper in to 1 inch strips as long as is manageable. You really can’t mess this step up. Once you have your materials and frame ready you begin to cover it with the Paper Mache. The idea is to layer it many times to get a crafted figure. Once you have layered it and you are done you will want to place your figure in a well ventilated airy place to dry. Allow for at least 3 days of drying, and then sand off the rough edges. Then you will want to shellac it and paint it.
These are just a couple of the great and interesting projects you can do with your children. Sparking their creativity and getting them interested in art will give them a great experience.