Kids are full of imagination to begin with and it doesn’t take much to fuel it. Here are some tips I found online and some I use with my kids, try them and have fun your little ones:
- Let the kids be musical, the easiest way is in the kitchen, I give my little one a plastic bowl, a wooden spoon or silicone spatula and watch her go. It’s funny how they are more interested in making noise using your cook wear then with their high tech fancy toys.
- Going on an errand can become a mini adventure for the kids. I make my grocery list and hand it over to my daughter (if they’re too young make a fake one for them to hold) to keep track of. It makes her feel responsible and looking for the items in the store feels like a treasure hunt. Same for the bakery, post office or any kind of shopping. It’s all in how you present it.
- Always be on the look out for anything that can be used on an art project, whether it is leftover fabric, buttons, fliers with nice pictures, plastic containers, ribbons, etc…. These can always be used on a rainy afternoon to make a crafty project or you’ll have them ready when the kids have a school project. I always keep a look out in the stores when they put these items on liquidation, you can get them for a fraction of the price (just bought great autumn leaf 3D felt stickers at 90% off!).
- Take a trip to the book store or your local library and check out books are fun and interesting to your kids. Anything that fuels their imagination: animals, science, bugs, cars, crafts. This will also get them excited about books and reading at an early age.
- Walks in the park can turn into an explorer’s dream. Have the kids collect anything from leaves, rocks, acorns, pine cones, etc… Which they use to make their own art projects or start their own collection. This is also a great activity to do together as a family, good exercise and an afternoon enjoying nature. They also go into the back yard and gather fun supplies while enjoying an afternoon outside.
Lately I’ve been craft obsessed, knitting to be specific and if I had the time and the patience I would crochet, paint and embroider too. I don’t have a lot of spare time but whenever I find a few minutes; I pick up my needles and settle down with my project for a little while.
Growing up, I remember spending lots of time sitting beside mom while she knitted one of us a vest or a scarf. The sound of her knitting needles clicking away was soothing and watching her hands move so fast was mesmerizing. Mom was always working on some knitting, sewing or painting project for us. I caught the crafting bug from her. The cooking and baking too, the smell of her home baked apple pies on cold and dark afternoons, ummmmmmmmmmm. But I digress.
Ok, back to me, I have become craft obsessed and wondered why. I realized that when I sit and begin the rhythmic movements and count stitches for the pattern, it slows down my mind and starts to clear it up, I am no longer aware of chores, worries and concerns. I only know the project in my hands, it is the best meditation. My favorites have been hats and headbands; they don’t take more than a couple of days so I get the quick gratification from making them. I have made one for every lady in the family. My daughter loves them, here’s one of the latest hats I made for her:
It felt calming but why was I dedicating all my spare time to it? I felt serene and relaxed but there was more to it, I just couldn’t put my finger on it. Then one gloomy afternoon when I was knitting with my daughter it came to me. Not only does it help me clear my mind but I found that knitting brings me back to those afternoons sitting with mom, not a care in the world, just watching her work, while I go through her basket and play with the balls of yarn. I feel like a kid again, back to a simpler time, without a care or a worry in the world. Where did the time go?
I’m too young for a mid life crisis (or so I thought) could this be the beginning, Uh-oh!!!