Keeping them busy

During the holidays or on weekends, instead of taking the kids out for an expensive day trip, a good idea is to invest in a variety of kid’s craft items, such as paints, colouring in pencils, play dough, stickers, stamps, etc.  Children love to be creative and they love it when their parents are involved.

There is no need to spend hundreds of Rands on top quality paints, water-based paints are ideal for children and scrap paper can be used, and pasted together to create a massive drawing or colouring platform and here kids and parents can use their talents and produce works of art.

Play-dough can be made at home using basic ingredients, like flour and food colouring. Make a day of it and enjoy the simple pleasures in life, such as drawing and colouring shapes, or tracing each other’s forms on a gigantic sheet of paper. Parents who have a knack for crafts, like scrapbooking, can try and get their kids involved, asking for help with simple tasks. Or kids can be given their own photograph to decorate. Other fun crafts include, making jewellery and stringing together macaroni or beads.

There are a number of fun and inexpensive ways to keep kids entertained at home and enjoying arts and crafts will sparks a child’s imagination and it will prove to be a wonderful way for kids to express themselves (while spending real quality time together). To boost the child’s self esteem, display all their new work around the house, or create a special book that shows off all their fantastic artworks. A novel idea is to get a few of their drawings framed; this will be prove to be a keepsake for life and the framed drawings can be used to decorate a child’s bedroom.


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