Saturday, September 4, 2010

Committing to creativity

I've been increasingly frustrated by the lack of time I get to work on my own art and craft projects. Sometimes it seems every waking minute is spent caring for others and working at jobs that aren't particularly thrilling or inspiring but nonetheless essential.

This has led me to ponder my role and responsibilities as primary educator of my children and the fact that I have many talents I can share with them and partly fulfill my need to create at the same time. So, as of this week I've made a commitment to be more creative with my children even though it means more mess and more planning. Because it also means more fun for us all and education that is not monotonous.


Here are a few things we did this week. Colouring in pictures together.





Making a terrific mess with shaving cream and paint.



Constructing and painting insect models that also became pretend lollipops. Check out the fierce         concentration!

We've also done wool threading, picture painting, baking and playdough. Now I need to start planning for next week, I think we'll need to go scouting for some new materials!

5 comments:

Posie Patchwork said...

With my 4 uber active children inside due to rain & mercifully a day off from any birthday parties, i took my sewing machine into the lounge so i was right in the middle of the children doing various activities & the interuptions seemed less. My studio is so freezing cold, it served us all well. Love Posie

willow and moo said...

Kel, enjoy the mess and the fun. Have you seen this blog... http://pinkandgreenmama.blogspot.com/
Marylea has lots of good ideas. She does sell some books of her art camp lessons, but there is lots of free stuff on her blog. I just thought I would mention it in case you hadn't see it as there might be lots of inspiration there for you.

Nic Wood said...

Looks like fun! Hope you still manage to get some time for your crafting too!
Have you tried felted soaps with your kids - Isaac loved it when we did it the other day.
NIc xxx

yardage girl said...

Good for you - it looks very fun and totally worth the effort! Good luck with your show entry too! Nic

Karen said...

You've done some great stuff Kel. I think I might have to get myself a vinyl tablecloth too!
Have you seen the blog childhood 101? Christie features oodles of great activities to do with your kids. Check it out.