TIPS FOR FUN AND STRESS-FREE ART TIME
ACCEPT AND EMBRACE THE MESS
Making messes is one of the best parts of childhood (and let’s face it- even adulthood). Enjoying the process, being in the zone, and creating with fun and intention is a key part of cultivating your child’s creative spirit. Using drop cloths and washable paints and markers can decrease your anxiety about an overwhelming mess in the end!
- Planning ahead can help save you a headache and an overwhelming mess later. Things I like to think of things like:
- Will they need a bath?
- If so, can I run it now so it’s ready?
- What can be the next activity so they are occupied while I’m cleaning up?
- Where will the finished projects go?
- Can anything be reused later for a different project?
- Where will supplies and extras be stored?
- Where will I dump paint water?
- Can I use an old sheet or drop cloth so I can just shake it out outside and fold it up for next time?
LET YOUR CHILD EXPRESS THEMSELVES
Try not to dictate how your child does their project. Process-based projects and creative freedom are great for development and problem-solving skills. This gives children ownership over their project and the power to make the decisions for once.
Try using encouraging phrases like “Wow, that’s a fun color combo!” or “I see that you are working really hard on that part!” – it communicates that you see and value their progress instead of putting so much weight on the finished product.
Enjoy some art time yourself!
Get in there, make something with your kiddos! Smile and talk about your projects together. Be silly. Selfie. Make a memory, mama