Creative Activities For Kids

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Children who play creatively with toys and art develop problem-solving, spatial thinking and logical reasoning skills through play. Jigsaw puzzles and shape sorters help children learn about colors, shapes and sizes while teaching them about teamwork.

Host a rock stacking contest or make your own puffy sidewalk paint to foster creative play and unleash children’s imaginations. Kids could also build a fort out of blankets, tables and chairs.

1. Build a house

Kids can improve their fine motor skills when building a house from cardboard, wood or another construction material and painting or decorating it afterwards with stickers or markers. This activity teaches about geometry, physics and building with materials while reinforcing stories about three little pigs (social emotional), feeling scared or angry (critical thinking) or using different building materials (science).

If your child enjoys crafting, look for local workshops like scrapbooking, box decorating, bead stringing and pottery making that provide hands-on instruction. Many arts stores provide free or low cost classes tailored specifically for kids.

Create slime for an instant boredom buster; an easy science experiment that keeps children busy for days! There are numerous recipes online. Or if your children enjoy dancing, turn on some tunes and let them move their bodies! Dancing helps develop coordination and rhythm as well as being fun and educational at the same time!

2. Have a pamper day

Kids can be exceptionally creative, yet need assistance getting their ideas out and onto paper. Activities ranging from guided indoor scavenger hunts to designing sensory bins help children solve problems, use their imaginations and become physically active while honing skills such as matching and memory.

If your kid wants a relaxing home spa day, make chocolate shavings and marshmallows on sticks; set up a mini spa in the bathtub with soapy water and facecloths; write letters to their favorite person or host a faux tea party with their doll(s).

Though board games might sound boring to some children, they’re actually great ways for children to practice strategy, problem-solving and social skills. Even something as simple as Twister can provide hours of excitement when played solo or with others and build their motor skills!

3. Predict the future

Prediction activities can be an engaging way for students to connect their previous knowledge with new information, fostering both cognitive and creative growth. They can be initiated using graphic organizers, real-life situations or texts.

Start students off making predictions by pausing a video and asking them what will happen next (an effective activity to practice using future simple form will). They can then watch it back to see if their prediction was right before writing one and verifying its accuracy with classmates or the teacher.

Another prediction activity involves placing small objects into different boxes and guessing which will be heavier or louder, working well with short comedy videos such as Mr Bean, Pingu or Wallace and Gromit. Children can compare their predictions and discuss why they made them. As an extra challenge they could watch a 1966 video featuring children making predictions of today and see how accurate those predictions were!

4. Draw a self-portrait

Many families own an abundance of Lego blocks; put them to good use with this exciting STEAM challenge that challenges children to construct a self-portrait using them! Not only will you boost fine motor skills but you’ll also foster creativity!

This inventive portrait art project offers a modern take on Lichtenstein comic strip pop art and is sure to delight young artists of all ages – making this perfect for classroom self-portraits or family activities!

Encourage children to pay close attention to how their eyes, nose, ears and mouth appear on their face in order to form an accurate portrait of themselves. This will enable them to create more accurate drawings.

Make nature walks an artistic experience with this All About Me Self-Portrait Craft! Kids will explore various natural elements such as sticks, leaves and flowers from nature to glue onto a round cardboard cutout and create sweet nature faces. Sherrie Rose is an experienced nanny in California caring for two children since the summer of 2020; she enjoys teaching them about all that surrounds them while using their imaginations to build better lives for themselves and creating better futures through imaginations and teaching children all they need to know about the world they inhabit.

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