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Developing Creativity in Preschool

Developing Creativity in Preschool
Developing Creativity in Preschoolers
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Developing Creativity in Preschool:

Developing Creativity in Preschool enables young kids to better analyse and problem solve. Art supplies can help develop hand-eye coordination and the type of fine motor skills they’ll draw upon later for writing.

When your pre-schooler is messing about with paint or glitter, they’re likely to be more focused on the sensations and effect than the finished product. This is an important part of their creative development.

Here are three simple ways to help develop creativity in preschool, from setting up puzzle-solving activities like a scavenger hunt to how to communicate about their art.

Create a creative space

It’s important to find a space where kids can be creative and make a mess without you worrying about the clean-up afterwards. Cover the kitchen or lounge table with old magazines or newspapers. Then, once the messy work is done, you can roll them up and the space is as good as new!

Think about saving torn or old clothes to use as overalls too. That way, there’s no stress that kids will pick up on when they’re experimenting with colours or textures.

If you’re too short on time for clear-up, try another sensory experience, like playing with shaving foam or a sink full of bubbles.

Be supportive

This can be counter-intuitive, but drawing alongside your kids can actually frustrate them about their own progress. This is because children try to represent what they see before them, as they don’t yet have your experience or fine motor skills! Express your support by asking questions about their process. Ask your child questions like “Why did you choose those colours?” or “What were you thinking about when you made this line?”

Be supportive, even if you’re not sure what the finished piece actually is. Kids are happy with learning and exploring ideas in their own time, and art can be a way of working through their experiences. That tree might be oversized, for example, because it represents something really important to them.

Furthermore, being supportive about their creativity provides a relaxed atmosphere where little imaginations can run free. This can be important in raising kids’ self-esteem!

Get experimental

Sometimes, injecting a new idea or material is all it takes to get kids’ creativity flowing. Here are three simple ideas to try:

  1. Go on a walk and collect objects, then take them home for kids to draw, touch, paint or model. Make it clear that they don’t have to represent the objects literally, but can use them as a source of inspiration.
  2. Set up a scavenger hunt. This could be at a local park or just around the house. Creative challenges such as riddles will get their brains going and may even stimulate kids to create their own scavenger hunt.
  3. Create a food art collage. Present kids with different kinds of pasta, lentils, and any other suitable dried food you have to hand. They can then decide for themselves which to incorporate into a collage and stick down on thin card or stiff paper.

Hopefully these ideas will get you started. Your pre-schoolers may also have some great ideas that you can try out, so get stuck in and get creative!

 

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Hospital Bag Checklist

Hospital Bag Checklist

Hospital Bag Checklist for Mom and baby:

So your due date is just a few days away and you’re still not sure what to pack in your hospital bag? This Hospital Bag Checklist will help ensure that you have everything packed and ready, for when your little one decides to show his/her face for the first time.

Some hospitals provide baby with all the required toiletries, but the same cannot be said for all hospitals.

The goodies listed here are for ALL mommies and include everything that you might need in your hospital/baby bag, from toiletries to your newborns FIRST EVER outfit.

It is recommended to have your hospital bag packed, when you are around 34 weeks pregnant, just in case baby decides to arrive early 😉

For baby:

  • Cotton wool
  • Surgical spirits
  • Soap\body wash
  • Wet wipes
  • Nappies
  • Bum cream
  • Earbuds
  • Glycerine
  • Baby powder
  • Vaseline
  • Colic drops
  • Gripe Water
  • Baby bottle, formula, sterilizer and bottle brush (for non breastfeeding moms and just in case breastfeeding doesn’t work out, which is relatively common)
  • Pacifier/Dummy
  • Face cloth
  • Bath towel
  • Receiving blanket
  • Wrap blanket
  • Romper
  • Vest
  • Socks
  • Beanie & mittens

For mommy:

  • Pj’s
  • Gown
  • Slippers
  • Toothpaste
  • Tooth brush
  • Shampoo and conditioner
  • Hair brush
  • Hair bands
  • Towel
  • Disposable underwear
  • Sanitary towels
  • Phone and charger (for the flood of calls and messages that you might receive and let’s not forget photos!)
  • 2 point plug (for your phone charger)
  • In the case of a C-SECTION you may want to take linen savers for yourself.

Congratulations MOMMY! Your hospital bag is packed and you are now ready for the upcoming birth of your precious child.

What is/were your absolute, hospital bag must-have(s)?

Share your thoughts in the comment box below.

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Quick ‘n Easy Lunchbox Snacks

Quick 'n Easy Lunchbox Snacks

Quick ‘n Easy Lunchbox Snacks for the whole family

Run out of ideas for you or your child’s lunchbox? Here are some delicious lunchtime (mini) meals and snack ideas, which are great for kids and adults alike, PLUS!  these Quick ‘n Easy Lunchbox Snacks are super quick and easy to prepare too.

Listed below are a few quick, easy and yummy lunchbox snack ideas (some healthier options than others, although we did attempt to keep a good balance).

 

Ham rolls or sliced viennas – Although not the most healthy option, this is a quick and easy snack that most kids love.

Muffins – A great source of fiber and yummy too. Choose bran or carrot muffins for a healthier option.

Scrambled egg croissant – Although more of a breakfast for most, scrambled egg on a fresh croissant is perfect for lunch too (it’s so delish that I would even eat it for dinner). Add sliced tomato and lettuce for a well balanced lunch. Eggs provide protein and tomatoes are filled with healthy nutrients.

Fresh fruit – Chop up some mango, apple, watermelon, sweet melon, kiwi or any other fruit that you and your child love, for a quick, easy and healthy snack. Combine a variety of your child’s favourite fruits, to create a colourful and tasty fruit salad.

Dried fruit – Not a favourite amongst all children but for those that don’t mind, dried fruit contains a rich source of minerals and protein and is also high in fiber. Dried fruit is more concentrated in sugar and calories than fresh fruit, so you may want to control portion sizes. Also be careful when buying sugar coated dried fruit.

Baked potato smiley’s – Bake in the oven and serve with your child’s favourite dip/sauce. Potatoes are a very good source of vitamin B6, vitamin C as well as other healthy nutrients.

Yoghurt – Add a small bottle of drinking yoghurt to your childs lunchbox for a tasty snack, which is satisfying enough to keep those hunger pangs away. Provides calcium and protein, is good for the colon, easy to digest and boosts immunity.

Chicken stuffed baked potato – Left overs from the last night? Remove the inside of half a (baked or boiled) potato with a tablespoon and fill with cubed or shredded chicken and cream cheese, for a delicious lunch time meal! Be sure to wrap it securely with foil or cling wrap so that the food doesn’t spill out into your child’s lunchbox.

Cheese – Cream crackers topped with cheese are just as yummy as bite sized blocks of cheese on its own. Cheese is a great source of calcium and promotes strong bones and teeth.

Biltong – Biltong is a great source of protein and low in carbohydrates. Not only is biltong oh so tasty and loved by most, but also makes for a healthy lunchbox snack. You could also cut up some droëwors into bite sized bits and enjoy 🙂

Raw vegetables – Carrot sticks (or baby carrots), cucumber slices and cherry tomatoes are perfect lunchbox fillers. Vegetables are packed with essential vitamins and minerals, providing great health benefits.

Avo with tuna filling – (This one is definitely my favourite). Cut an avocado pear in half, remove the pip and fill with canned tuna (tuna in salt water is a healthier option). Add a dollop of mayo for extra flavour. Tuna is full of omega-3 fatty acids and avocado provides calcium, vitamin C and K, folic acid, dietary fibers and other nutrients.

 

What are your favourite (quick ‘n easy) lunchbox snacks and meals?

 

See also: Unique Baby Shower Gift Ideas

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