I’m the least crafty person
I know but I don’t want to
sign my kids up for art class
just for them to be artistic.
What are some easy ways
to be creative at home?
Our expert Temmi Ungerman Sears, the
founder and director of
Yogabuds Iyengar yoga studio
in toronto, and a registered art
therapist with the American Art
Therapy Association, says:
Why do some people think they’re not
creative? Maybe they didn’t excel at drawing
in school, but there are so many other ways
to express creativity. Creativity grounds us
and includes how we think, dress, decorate
our home, sing, cook, host a dinner party,
play and other ways in which we express
our uniqueness. By that token, everyone is
creative and there is no such thing as good
or bad art and there are no mistakes in art.
In order to nurture creativity in ourselves
and in our children, we must first remove
all expectations, judgments or evaluations,
and focus on the creative process rather
than the final product.
If your creative juices are temporarily
tapped, here are some ideas to get you
started with everyday supplies:
Have children make vegetable skewers
and create a pattern with different
coloured peppers and vegetables.
Arrange food into a face or abstract art
and aim for a colourful plate. Take a
picture of the food art, print and display.
Go on a family walk and collect natural
elements of interest and arrange into a
Have kids make name plates for their
rooms with their name and symbols that
are meaningful to them. Draw pictures or
cut them out from magazines.
Create a family graffiti wall by covering a
wall or large corkboard with white paper.
Add drawings, photos, magazine cutouts
and favourite quotes.
Gather whistles, spoons, pots and pans
and other small items and jam together.
Record your concert and play for others.
Cut a hand-sized hole at one end of a shoe
box and cover it with a cloth. Take turns
placing an item in the box and trying to
guess what it is by touch.
Originally published in ParentsCanada magazine, August/September 2013.
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