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Ready to decorate for Halloween? The kids will love helping with these DIY no-carve pumpkin projects that minimize mess and maximize fun! Thank you to Deborah at www.SuperMoms360.com for sharing her i . . .

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7 Tips to Overcome Fear of the Dark

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Art with Alyssa: Skull Craft for Dia de los Muertos

Art with Alyssa: Skull Craft for Dia de los Muertos

Create a beautiful calavera (skull, in English) to celebrate Mexico’s Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead). Traditionally, skulls are created out of sugar or clay, elaborately decorated and place . . .

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Seven Ways to Nurture Kids' Creativity Seven Ways to Nurture Kids’ Creativity

Extracurricular programs and activities are a great way to nurture children’s creativity through art and other activities that inspire innovation, resourcefulness and originality.

“As children experiment and test new waters, they learn and grow and develop their creativity which is beneficial in all areas of their lives,” says Wheeler, executive director of KidzArt in San Diego, an afterschool art enrichment program for kids

Wheeler offers the following tips to nurture the creative side in your children:

  1. Reduce the Stress Factor
    Provide a quiet area where your child can go to decompress after the school day. “Have art materials and simple household items available in a workspace area away from the TV or noisy siblings where your child can relax by doing an easy art activity,” says Wheeler.

  2. “Blank Book” Drawing
    Each day put an interesting object next to a notebook with empty pages for your child to draw in. Make it a surprise! For example, ask him or her to draw: shells, a small new toy, a miniature household item, an interesting flower, a feather or fossil. Provide at least two different mediums for experimentation such as colored pencils and oil pastels.

  3. Decrease Media Overload
    Turn off the computer, video games and television and engage kids in active play. “Physical play such as sports and outdoor play or mental stimulation like board or card games promote kids’ natural creativity and is a great alternative to the passive time spent with their electronics,” says Wheeler.

  4. Ask Open-Ended Questions
    Pose questions to your children that start with who, what, where, when and how to encourage their creativity and critical thinking skills.

  5. Engage the “Right Brain”
    Allow children to exercise their right brain after a day of left-brain school academics. Right brain activity is stimulated by new events or activities, drawing with different colors, shapes and sizes, playing dress-up, dancing or listening to music.

  6. Use All the Senses
    Improve your kids’ use of their imaginations by encouraging them to use all five senses. “Ask children to close their eyes and listen to the sounds around them. See which they can easily identify and which are more challenging,” says Wheeler.  Encourage kids to identify new smells (both pleasant and otherwise) when you encounter them.

  7. Allow Mistakes
    Children often fear ridicule from their peers or parents if they make a “mistake.” Unfortunately this same fear inhibits higher order thinking: creative problem solving. “Allowing your child to experiment with art also allows them to take a risk and try something new. This is the creative process and the skill will serve them well in all academic areas,” says Wheeler.


For more information on how to foster creativity visit www.sdkidzart.com.

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Jocelyn Murray is a freelance writer.

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