December really is flying by and already we can bring you Day 16 of your Virtual Advent Calendar! Only 8 days to go and we are “all done”. The Creative Christmas Countdown is a series of activities to do with your kids during the advent season. Each day, we bring you a need idea by experienced Kid Bloggers. The aim is to make advent fun and not too complicated! Creative With Kids and Red Ted Art alternatively feature the next activity or you can visit Creative Christmas Countdown to see the full calendar to date.
We also bring you a “tip of the day”, that will hopefully help you along.
So, without further ado, our next wonderful Kid Blogger is Creative Connection for Kids, with some super fun DIY Candy Cane. What a cute idea and certainly a little healthier than your usual sugar bomb. Do make sure you stop and have a good look round Creative Connection for Kids, as I am sure you will discover new activities and ideas to do. The site is pack full of playing activities, that making learning fun!
Click through to Creative Connection for Kids now!
Tip of the Day: Process vs Product:
There is a lot of discussion about process versus product – i.e. how hands off your activities and crafts are with the kids. As may you know, I started crafting with my kids when they were very young and many of my crafts technically are/ were not age appropriate. I still think that crafting “together” has a value – so long as there are plenty of steps where you give the children free creative input – for example – our dinosaur piggy banks, were pretty much made by me, but the kids chose the colours and did all the painting themselves. Or with our Blossom Fairy Lights, I cut out the egg cups, but the children painted and added the glitter (the glitter was their idea). Our Giraffe Marionette are another great example of team work and the kids have LOVED playing with them (we still have them 3yrs later). It is about finding a balance – for them to enjoy the process and develop their crafty and arty skills and for you to make something together that they can then enjoy or play with. I have noticed that by “doing” things myself, Red Ted has watched, observed and copied techniques – part of the learning experience. Also, it is about spending time TOGETHER. I do try and add plenty of 100% “hands off” crafts in between e.g. our Monster finger puppets.