Now that Summer Break has arrived, bedtime becomes a little relaxed. With the extra time, I love to spend some quiet one on one time with each of my children. It usually involved creating something (crazy snack, gift, art project, ect) My older son loves anything art related. I find that this time we spend together, he is so talkative about all aspects of live not just the art project. It is a great time to create something beautiful together but, also a wonderful bonding experience. This undivided attention is a great opportunity to build and foster love, trust and guidance. Being present and engaged is not only fun but also therapeutic.
In addition to helping youth develop important skills, free expression is also good for overall health and well-being. Giving your child a creative outlet can help relieve stress and work through things happening in their lives. By encouraging artistic expression, you can help facilitate learning.- Michigan State University
While watering our plants and playing outside today, we were in awe of my neighbors roses. They are so vibrant and smell beautiful so, this evening my son and I looked roses up in the encyclopedia and decided to paint them!
- Acrylic Paints
- Paint Brushes
- Cloth (Cleaning Paint Brush)
Take turns and mix paints together- work together to decide what to add next. Then just relax and chat. There is no right or wrong way here. Just let your creative juices flow!
Collaborative painting is a wonderful way to spend time with your child but, if painting isn’t your thing here are a few other ideas to try.
- Make something tasty in the kitchen
- Do some gardening together
- Play a board game
- Simply eat dinner together, no distractions
- Read together or head to the library
- Go for a walk- One of my favorites!