6 CREATIVE ACTIVITIES FOR CHILDREN

6 CREATIVE ACTIVITIES FOR CHILDREN

Children love to be creative. Scribbling on a piece of paper, painting and getting messy is a great fun, there’s no doubt about that, but do you know what positive impact creative activities have on your child’s development?

When children paint, colour, glue and cut they are developing their fine motor skills. It will help them later with things like writing or tying shoelaces.

It also is their first contact with maths – they start to understand size, shape, spatial reasoning, and they learn to count.

Language – when children describe their work they develop language skills. This is an important part for parent. Talk to your child about their work, ask questions, show the real interest, it will also help you build a special bond between you.
TIP: Try to not ask your child ‘What is it?’ – it can be discouraging, make them think that the work is not good enough. To avoid this, just say – Can you tell me all about it? – And you’ll hear a wonderful explanation, which is a great start to a conversation.

Confidence – arts and crafts work is a wonderful way to learn that it’s OK to make mistakes. Sometimes mistakes lead to a whole new idea, which turnes out to be better than the first one. It gives children sense of achievement, and shows new ways of solving problems.

Creativity is an open gate to many life skills. It teaches children how to express themselves, their feelings, and encourage them to try out new things.

I’ve prepared 6 creative activities that your child will really enjoy.

NON NEWTONIAN LIQUID

When I first heard about this one, I didn’t understand how it can be entertaining, apart from getting very messy… until I prepared it.

What you’ll need:

  • 1 cup of water
  • 1 cup of corn starch or potato starch
  • bowl
  • spoon

Put cornstarch in the bowl and add water bit by bit, and mix it, until it has the right consistency. It has to be thick enough so you can make a ball out of it, but it will also easily drip through your fingers. If you touch it gently, slowly your hand will sink in it, but if you put a pressure on it, or try to hit it, it becomes hard.

It was a great discovery not only for my 3 years old daughter, but also for my 8 years old son. Even my teenager got out of his room to see what’s it all about.

This activity gives your child variety of sensory stimulus, develop imagination, creativity and manual skills.

Eva loves playing with non newtonian liquid

PAINTING WITH HANDS AND FEET

Prepare for a big mess – cover the working space with foil or old newspapers. Take a big piece of paper, white cloth (old bed sheet will be great) or bauble foil. Let your child paint a big picture using hands and feet!

This activity stimulate sensory receptors, boost creativity, and help them to learn how their body works.

POTATO STAMPS

What you’ll need:

  • 2 potatoes
  • paper
  • paints
  • knife
  • cookie cutters (optional)

Cut potatoes in half. If you’re using cookie cutter choose a simple shape, like heart or a star. Press it into the potato half, not too deep. Cut around it with the knife, leaving the shape in the middle. If you don’t have cookie cutters just draw shapes on potato halves and cut around them.
Mix paints with a bit of water, so they aren’t too thick. Dip potato stamp in the paint and press it on the paper.

This activity helps developing fine motor skills, and coordination between vision and moves.

HOMEMADE KINETIC SAND

What you’ll need:

  • 1 cup of oil – I used vegetable oil, but it can also be baby oil
  • 8 cups of plain flour
  • colored grated chalk or food coloring

Mix all ingredients together in a bowl. Kinetic sand can be squashed, rolled like a dough, children can use cookie cutters with it, or create things like castles. One warning! It’s a messy job, so make sure you secure the play area with some foil to make cleaning easier.

This activity helps develop creativity, imagination, as well as manual skills.

Easy and quick to prepare, can be very helpful when you run out of play-do.

PAINTING ON SEMOLINA

What you’ll need:

  • thick A4 paper
  • PVA glue
  • dry semolina
  • acrylic paints
  • paint brush
  • water

Cover the paper with PVA glue and then with semolina. Press it gently with your hands, and leave to dry. For my Eva covering the paper with semolina was as great fun as painting it later. It doesn’t have to be perfect. When it dries take paints, paint brush and water, and use your imagination!

This again helps to develop creativity, imagination, and manual skills.

“SENSATIONAL” STICKER

What you’ll need:

  • double sided tape
  • A4 paper
  • decorations – this can be anything you can find at home – buttons, beads, pompoms… Why not use different types of dry pasta?

Stick double side tape on the paper. If it’s thin put a few of them together. Give your child decorations. Your child’s task is to stick them on double sided tape. It will keep children busy for a while, so it’s a good activity when you need a bit of time for yourself.

It supports development of creativity, concentration, patience, and sense of touch.

I remember most of those creative activities from my childhood. It’s amazing feeling, watching my daughter playing the same way I used to. I hope your child will enjoy them as much as Eva does.

If you like’d like to find more arts and crafts to play with your child go to:
https://5starmum.me/2020/03/31/crafts-for-kids-toilet-roll-monsters/ to see how we used toilet roll middles to create colorful monsters, or
https://5starmum.me/2020/04/05/how-to-make-salt-dough-decorations/ to learn how to make salt dough decorations with your child.

Please share with me your work, if you use any of my ideas and other creative activities you do with your child. I can’t wait to see them.

This Post Has 3 Comments

  1. Christine

    These are fabulous activities and they look so much fun. In the photos I can see how absorbed your child is in the activities.

  2. Morgan

    These look like lots of fun! We are going to have to try these activities!

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