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HOW TO INCREASE HEALTH AND HAPPINESS BY PLAYING IN MUD

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It has been used to build houses, make pottery, keep creatures cool, and is one of the oldest words in the English language. Mud.

The word dates back to at least 1400 and is derived from the original term “muddle”, meaning the lowest or worst of anything.

This ‘lowly’ material can also make you happier and healthier and possibly, more productive and smarter.

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7 FUN IDEAS FOR GROUP ART PROJECTS

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Welcome to another Wacky Wednesday project – this week I’m offering ideas for group art projects.

If you read my post, How Group Art Projects Can Make Children Better Adults, you will know the benefits of getting kids to work together to make something.

You can do this with family members, or have a friend play day and make it crafty.

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HOW TO USE CREATIVITY TO INCREASE JOY AND LOSE ANXIETY

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Did you know that the same chemicals that are released during sex and eating are released when you are engaged in a creative activity?

The reward centre in your brain releases a neurotransmitter called dopamine when you do something pleasurable.

Dopamine acts as a natural anti-depressant, which means getting creative can bring you more joy and lessen anxiety.

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HOW TO TURN SCREEN TIME INTO A CREATIVE ADVENTURE

 

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Welcome to another Wacky Wednesday project, tips to help you turn screen time into a creative adventure.

We all know that we need to limit the time we allow kids, and ourselves, to watch television if we want to have healthy, balanced lives.

However, we can turn that screen time into a great opportunity for creative activities.

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HOW TO USE NATURE TO MAKE KIDS THRIVE 

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While technology is speeding ahead at breakneck speed, the human race is going backwards in some respects.

Think about it. The open spaces and natural foods and hobbies our ancestors enjoyed have been replaced with solid walls, preservative filled foods and hobbies that often include sitting in front of some kind of screen.

Sure, our lives are more comfortable. We are living longer and I daresay with less physical pain than our ancestors endured.

However, the incidence of mental health problems such as depression is skyrocketing, as are physical health issues such as obesity. And many of us are out of touch with the world that hosts us.

The very need to write an article about reconnecting kids with nature shows just how far we have slumped.

It’s not all bad news, though.

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HOW TO HELP CHILDREN LEARN MORE THROUGH CREATIVITY

 

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Our children are becoming less creative and it could be affecting their ability to learn.

Isn’t that a horrifying thought?

Studies have shown that children’s creativity tends to decrease with age. Most notably from kindergarten to grade three.

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WHY TELLING TALL TALES IS GOOD FOR YOU

 

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Not the one about the fish that got away.

You know, the one that was so big it could have sunk the boat.

Tall tales are essentially stories and storytelling can help people solve problems, deal with stressful situations and increase inner harmony.

That’s why it is so important to encourage this creative use of imagination in children.

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 HOW TO MAKE A GOOD LITTLE DINOSAUR

 

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Welcome to another Wacky Wednesday project, making a good little dinosaur.

If you read my post, How to Create Your Own Happy Ending, you will understand what inspired this craft.

As usual, most of the materials are things you will find around the house and you can get as creative as you like with the scenery ‘play mat’.

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HOW TO CREATE YOUR OWN HAPPY ENDING

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I recently found myself in an embarrassing situation.

I was watching a movie, The Good Little Dinosaur, with one of the Goddesses when I felt my chest tighten and my eyes start to tear up.

It was a poignant part of the movie where the little dinosaur had to say goodbye to a special friend.

I was horrified to be having such a strong reaction to a kid’s movie, particularly since I had trained myself years before not to do this in order to avoid the inevitable jokes from my male dominated family.

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HOW TO CRAFT YOUR WAY TO A BETTER LIFE

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When you come across a cardboard box, what do you see?

For many, the answer will be a box. Others will see a container in which to store things.

For crafters, the answer is possibilities.

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