Have you ever told yourself you are not an artist?
What if I told you your very thoughts could be considered art – art that people will pay handsomely for?
I’m not talking about music.
I’m talking about the new rock art craze that is sweeping the world, delighting children and their carers.
This latest trend has people finding small rocks and painting them, then hiding them in parks for strangers to discover.
It ticks all the boxes as far as entertaining the kids. They can be creative, be outside having fun in a park and play that all-time favourite game, hide n’ seek.
The benefits go much deeper though.
Welcome to another Wacky Workshops project – how to colour your world.
Colour can impact everything from our health to our moods and even appetite.
Understanding how colour affects us can help us gain control over many areas of our lives.
The first step is to learn colour basics and become more aware of the colours around us. These fun crafts and activities will help children to do that.
We are surrounded by colour and though we may be unaware, it has the power to affect our moods, our choices, our skills and even our health.
It can be difficult to take full control of our lives with these ‘hidden’ influences at play.
Understanding the energy that colours emit, and helping our kids do the same, is the first step towards regaining that control.
Welcome to another Wacky Workshops project – musical instruments to make.
There are so many benefits to teaching kids about music. If you have the resources to teach them to play an instrument, even better.
However, instruments and lessons can be expensive. These craft projects cost next to nothing to make and are so much fun to play with.
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.
Welcome to another Wacky Workshops 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.
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.
Welcome to another Wacky Workshops 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.
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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