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Creative Corner: Ideas to keep kids offline

Updated: May 7

Why is it important we engage children in 'offline' activities?

Toilet roll crafts
Simple craft ideas

In today's digital age, where screens seem to dominate every aspect of daily life, it is important to reflect on why we need to encourage offline activity more than ever!

While technology undoubtedly offers many benefits and conveniences, excessive screen time can have detrimental effects on children's physical, mental, and emotional well-being. Engaging children in offline activities not only provides a break from the constant stimulation of screens but also fosters creativity, social interaction, and physical activity.

By encouraging children to participate in activities such as reading, arts and crafts, games, and outdoor exploration, we not only promote their holistic development but also help them cultivate important life skills that cannot be learned from a screen.

Offline activities offer children the chance to connect with their surroundings, explore their interests, and develop meaningful relationships with others, laying the foundation for a balanced and fulfilling life.

We've come up with 5 areas of explorational activities for you to engage your children in, this week we focus on arts and crafts, take a look and add your thoughts!

Creative Corner: Arts and Crafts for Kids

In this article, we explore:

  • Activity Ideas: Painting, drawing, sculpting with clay, making DIY crafts like paper flowers or homemade slime, creating personalised gifts for family members.

  • Tips for Parents: Encourage experimentation and creativity, provide a variety of art materials, praise effort over perfection, display children's artwork proudly.

  • Educational and Developmental Benefits: Arts and crafts promote fine motor skills, hand-eye coordination, self-expression, problem-solving abilities, confidence-building, and emotional regulation.

Nature Art
Who knew pebbles could be so much fun!

Activity Ideas:

  • Collage Creations: Gather a variety of materials such as magazines, newspapers, fabric scraps, buttons, ribbons, and coloured paper. Children can cut and paste these materials onto a larger piece of paper or cardboard to create collages. Encourage them to explore different themes like animals, nature, or fantasy worlds.

  • Nature Art: Take a nature walk and collect items like leaves, flowers, twigs, and stones. Use these natural materials to create artwork such as leaf rubbings, flower pressing, or rock painting. Children can arrange the items into patterns, shapes, or scenes and glue them onto paper or canvas.

  • Salt Dough Sculptures: Make salt dough by mixing together flour, salt, and water until it forms a dough-like consistency. Children can sculpt the dough into various shapes and figures using their hands or cookie cutters. After baking and cooling, they can paint and decorate their creations.

  • Sock Puppets: Repurpose old socks into adorable puppets by adding eyes, noses, mouths, and other features using felt, buttons, yarn, and fabric scraps. Children can use markers or fabric paint to add additional details and personality to their puppets. Encourage them to put on puppet shows for family and friends.

  • Recycled Crafts: Encourage eco-friendly creativity by using recycled materials to make crafts. For example, children can create robots out of cardboard boxes, tin can lanterns, or egg carton caterpillars. Challenge them to think outside the box and find new uses for items that would otherwise be thrown away.

  • DIY Musical Instruments: Turn household items into musical instruments for a fun and interactive craft activity. Children can make shakers using dried beans or rice in plastic bottles, drums from empty coffee cans, or guitars from cardboard boxes and rubber bands. After creating their instruments, they can put on a musical performance for the family.

  • Paper Plate Crafts: Paper plates are versatile materials for crafting. Children can turn them into masks, animals, sun catchers, or even clocks. Provide paint, markers, construction paper, and other embellishments for them to decorate and personalise their creations.

  • Tissue Paper Art: Cut or tear colourful tissue paper into small pieces and use them to create vibrant artwork. Children can glue the tissue paper onto paper or cardboard to make collages, mosaics, or stained glass-style windows. Experiment with different colours and layering techniques to achieve different effects.

  • Clay Creations: Provide modelling clay or air-dry clay for children to sculpt three-dimensional creations. They can make animals, plants, food items, or imaginary creatures. Encourage them to use tools like rolling pins, cookie cutters, and sculpting tools to shape and texture their sculptures.

  • Fabric Crafts: Introduce children to basic sewing and fabric crafts by making simple projects like felt plushies, fabric bookmarks, or no-sew fabric banners. Provide pre-cut fabric pieces, embroidery floss, needles, and safety scissors for them to use. Sewing can help develop fine motor skills and patience while allowing children to express their creativity.

These additional activity ideas for arts and crafts provide a diverse range of creative outlets for children to explore and express themselves. Encourage them to experiment with different materials, techniques, and themes to discover their own unique artistic style.

Tips for Parents:

  • Focus on the process rather than the end result, praising creativity and effort. Allow children to explore and express themselves freely without judgment.

  • Display their artwork proudly to boost their confidence and sense of accomplishment.

  • Provide a designated space where they can create without worrying about making a mess.

Educational and Developmental Benefits:

  • Arts and crafts activities develop fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination as children manipulate materials and tools.

  • They encourage self-expression and emotional regulation by providing a creative outlet for thoughts and feelings.

  • Problem-solving skills are honed as children brainstorm ideas and find solutions to artistic challenges.

  • Additionally, arts and crafts foster confidence and self-esteem as children take pride in their creations.

Let us know your thoughts! Comment below or catch us on social media @thewondercompanyuk



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