considering how busy and stressed out we all are. For children it’s all fun
and games all day long, tasks and obligations are boring and not really
appealing, and it is the parents’ task to teach them about responsibilities.
By turning everything into a game you are giving your child a chance to
have fun and learn something, all the while spending quality time with you.
A great chance for parents to express creativity is to engage in arts
and crafts projects with their children.
With Christmas approaching rapidly, you can show off your family’s talents
by asking children to help you decorate the backyard. You can even turn the
decorating activity into an educational one simply by asking kids to count
the number of red items, bows, etc. You can also practice adding
and subtracting with fallen branches – it will make math seem artistic and
fun like never before.
Create a family tree
Is there a better way for a family to bond than to explore their roots and
share wonderful and heart-warming stories from the past? Take out old
family photos of your children, yourselves, your parents, and cousins and
start drawing a family tree on a large piece of paper. Explain to them family
relations, share an interesting story or two about your ancestors, tell your
kids what their grandparents and distant cousins are (and were) like,
and accompany long lists of names with pretty photos. This will certainly
help your kids remember everything you told them and perhaps they will
even start exploring their past. You can even make a small masterpiece of
your family tree –decorate it with stickers, little drawings, and glitter, and
exhibit it on the wall of your living room.
Make something useful
important to have a lot of fun and perhaps even end up with something
useful at the end of your project. A great example is making yarn
chandeliers using only balloons, yarn, and some glue. Blow a balloon, cover
yarn in glue,and wrap it around. When it dries, pop the balloon and you will
be left with a pretty chandelier which will completely transform your
room. Your children can even combine yarn in different colors and make
chandeliers for their own rooms.
Candies with a message
More and more kids seem to lose interest in things that happen around
them, and science has become something scary and boring. You can
change all that simply by choosing to show them a few tricks in your
kitchen. Making rock candies will certainly spark interest in their young
minds, and the best thing is that you don’t have to know all the answers;
telling them that you are not sure and encouraging them to look up the
answers in books will also teach them to look for information in other
By making something with your own hands you experience the sheer joy of
creating something new,and if you manage to spark those same emotions in
your children, you will surely help them grow up into happy adults. On top of
that, you will have a chance to get to know each other better and forever
save the bond you make while engaged in a nice family project.