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6 Tips On Sparking Your Child's Imagination To Get The Creative Juices Flowing

September 18th, 2018

Every kid that arrives into this world has a strong suit, and most definitely have a degree of imagination. What parents need to understand that imagination in children is incredibly import to stimulate. That is because when kids' imaginations are being stimulated, their creativity is strengthening which will help them not only learn- but to become excellent problem-solvers.

Having excellent problem-solving skills leads to common sense and life skills that kids will need as they grow and mature into adulthood. That said, parents must take care to hone and refine that important skill. You can help your child spark their imagination and develop their creativity by playing imaginative games like charades or Scrabble. You can offer them music lessons, and tell stories as well as be asking open-ended questions. These are just a few ways to spark your child's imagination. Let's look at other excellent ways to do that for your child:

1. Encouraging your child to count, sort and explore. The imaginations of children can be stimulated by giving them games and puzzles which are designed for them. If you encourage that they spend time with real materials, difficult concepts such as numbers, signs, and symbols can also be learned. In fact, education should be exciting and fun, and it is the responsibility of a parent to make sure your child is having fun while learning.

2. Reading to your child is crucial as well to help him or her spark that imagination. You don't only have to read to your child before bed. You can read to your child at any time of the day whether it is after school, or after dinner, or during the day on the weekend or on vacation. In order to know whether your child is listening to you while you are reading, ask questions about what you are reading. Whenever adults are asking children questions, they learn reading and listening skills and they also feel empowered. In fact, start creating a routine for a story-telling time!

3. Give your child educational games that can increase his or her coordination, planning skills, communication skills, general knowledge, and responsibility. Building Blocks is one excellent example of a great game that will help spark your kid's imagination! Not to mention, these games are fun for your kids and will make learning an enjoyable experience as well!

4. Have your child guess the right name of a bird or animal by showing him or her drawings of their figures. Not only will that imagination be stimulated, but this can go a long way in the development of a child's personality as well.

5. Encourage your child to identify the object or animal by the sound they make. For instance, when you say to your little one "what goes beep-beep", you want them to answer with "a car", or "what animal goes woof-woof", you want them to say "a dog"To enhance a child's listening power as well as make him more alert.

6. Tell a story to your child and allow him or her to finish that story! When you allow your child to finish a story that you had started, you both will enjoy storytelling which not only enhances the child's communication skills but is improving that creativity as well!

Now you realize why it is important to spark your child's imagination, and now you have tips to utilize in order to help get those creative juices flowing, so your child can do extremely well in life!

Art ideas - Clay animals from Polymer Clay

May 1st, 2018

My boys and I have been having fun creating different shapes, forms and animals from Polymer Clay.
Polymer Clay is a type of hardenable modelling clay. The texture of this polymer clay is similar
to play dough however I found that it is a bit harder to form shapes from it. Some people use
pasta making machine to flatten the clay but I have not tried this method yet. There are a lot
of color choices to choose from in the store so let your imagination go wild!

My boys wanted to create mostly animals shapes and we ended up with a pig, zebra, snakes and a fox.
Once the shapes are formed we baked it at 230 F for 20 minutes (instructions included on the back of
the polymer clay). Baking hardens the clay so make sure that all the pieces are at the right place.

Price of polymer clay ranges from $2.99 to $4.99 per package and can be found in Michaels, Walmart
and other craft stores.

At we love creating and wishing you Happy Crafting!

Tooth shaped cookies from the Tooth Fairy and Super Tooth

March 8th, 2018

I made these cookies with my children and had a great time doing it. We call these cookies the Super Tooth cookies as resemble our Super Tooth character. The recipe is easy enough for kids to follow as it only has 6 ingredients. I let the kids decorate the cookies and have their imaginations go wild.

2 stick (1 cup/250 ml) Unsalted Butter Sticks
1 cup (250 ml) sugar
1 tbsp (15ml) Pure Vanilla Extract
¼ tsp (1ml) salt
1 egg
2 ½ cups (625 ml) All Purpose Flour

Mix the butter, sugar, vanilla and salt using electric mixer until smooth. Scrape down the sides of the bowl , add the egg and mix it again. Scrape down the sides again and add the flour. At this time knead dough by hand until smooth and forms a ball. If you need dust hands with flour.

Chill the dough for 25 minutes in the fridge. This will help to keep the dough easy to roll.

Dust the baking mat or parchment paper with flour. Place dough in the center, dust the top of dough with flour. Roll dough to about 1/4 –in. (5mm) thickness.

Shape using a Tooth shaped cookie cutter (or fairy cookie cutter) cut the dough. If you ran out of space, collect the remaining dough and roll the dough again. Repeat this until no more dough remains. Place the cut-out cookie dough onto a baking sheet.

Bake preheat oven to 350 °F (180 °C) and bake on middle rack until set, 10 to 12 minutes (depending on oven also). Let it cool completely before decorating.

Decorate using icing (home-made or store bought), coloured sugar, chocolate chips decorate the cookies. Don’t forget to use your imagination and make it unique! This recipe will make about 20 large tooth shaped cookies as the ones pictured.

7 Tips On How To Encourage Your Kids To Use Their Creativity

February 15th, 2018

Kids are naturally very creative! And the best thing we can do as parents is to encourage them to use their gift of creativity, so they can thrive in other areas of life. That is because their use of creativity will help them develop crucial skills such as problem-solving abilities! They will need that throughout their lives!

As a parent you will agree with that statement, however, you are probably wondering how to help spark your kids' creativity. Here are some tips that you can use in order to do just that:

1. Be sure to have a variety of art supplies, and have them available. This doesn't have to be expensive by any means because you can order discount art supplies online. There are also plenty of flea markets that sell these supplies, as well as dollar stores. You definitely want to get the basic apparatus such as paint, crayons, pencil crayons and paper. However, kids will want to use more cool material to use to express their creativity.

That includes beads, cotton balls, white glue, glue sticks, rubber cement, markers, rhinestones as well as colored construction paper.

2. Talk to your kids about their artwork. After your kids create a cool piece of art, engage them in a conversation about the different creative choices they made which had resulted in their masterpiece. This way, if they see you are showing interest in what they did, they will be encouraged to make more of their masterpieces while they keep sparking that creativity at the same time.

3. Display your kids' artwork after it is finished. That will show them that you truly value their creativity and their art, which again will encourage them to keep going with it! Not to mention, when you show that you are proud of their artwork, it helps boost their self-esteem which is crucial for kids!

4. Talk to your kids about your own creative endeavors. It really is crucial that your kids see your own creative processes. It does not matter whether you write, paint, scrapbook, sew or photograph. Just be sure to allow them to see you engaged in a creative pursuit as often as possible. Yet at the same time, be sure to honour your own creative artwork by showing your work in your home too. This will show them that you truly do value creativity since you are showcasing your own as well as theirs!

5. Join your kids while they are doing their artwork. If they see that you are showing an interest in what they are doing, while you are working with them- they will only be encouraged to keep going with it as well.

6. Be sure to keep encouraging your kids to stick to the creative pursuits that they seem drawn to. For instance, if they show interest in a new genre of dance, or a musical instrument, sign them up for a class where they can learn more about it. This could really become a strong interest and a wonderful hobby which kids need in order to develop into well-rounded individuals.

7. Always show your kids that every day of life can be creative, and filled with imagination. Be sure to show them through your own actions that they can bring creativity and fun to everyday tasks which will make life more fun. For instance, if you are assigning your kids to do chores such as putting their toys away, encourage them to sing while they do the job or tell a story. They will be helping you out around the house and using their creativity at the same time.

If you utilize these tips mentioned above to help your kids become truly creative and imaginative, it will only help them become self-confident, intelligent and super creative problem-solvers in the end- which is what every parent wants to see happen!