Art and Craft Activities: Going Offline with Your Child’s Favourite Characters

If you want to foster your creativity, don’t learn to code; learn to paint (Alex Knapp, Forbes):

The key to being creative, in any field, be it scientific, technical, or business, in the 21st century definitely requires a certain comfort level in technology. But the best way to harness the power of computers doesn’t reside in coding – it resides in letting computers do the grunt computational work that humans are bad at, so that humans can focus on the creative, problem solving work that computers are bad at.

And if you want to foster those creative, problem solving skills, the solution isn’t learning to code – it’s learning to paint. Or play an instrument. Or write poetry. Or sculpt. The field doesn’t matter: the key thing is that if you want to foster your own innovative creativity, the best way to do it is to seriously pursue an artistic endeavor.

In the history of the Nobel Prize, nearly every Laureate has pursued the arts. According to research by psychologists Michele and Robert Root-Bernstein, “almost all Nobel laureates in the sciences actively engage in arts as adults. They are twenty-five times as likely as the average scientist to sing, dance, or act; seventeen times as likely to be a visual artist; twelve times more likely to write poetry and literature; eight times more likely to do woodworking or some other craft; four times as likely to be a musician; and twice as likely to be a photographer.”

These holidays, foster some artistic creativity and keep the kids busy without a screen with this activity:

Kids will only do something if it interests them so encourage them to create something out of their favourite characters…

What You Will Need

Art stuff

What to keep in the art box:

Anything else you can think of… And a dash of creativity.

What can your child make? Anything at all. Here are some ideas that Aristotle came up with based on his favourite characters…

How to Train Your Dragon

Aristotle created his own “Book of Dragons” that is loosely based on the one from the movie.

Book of Dragons

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs

Foodimals-themed Christmas Stockings… Barry the Berry and the Cheese Spider.

Foodimals Christmas Stockings

Foodimals Balloon Characters…

Foodimals Balloons...

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs Posters

Flint Lockwood

Turbo

Turbo Characters

Characters from Turbo

Ice Age – Dawn of the Dinosaurs

Buck‘s Storytime Pack complete with Story Book and Props…

Ice Age - Dawn of the Dinosaurs

Published by Shen-Li

SHEN-LI LEE is the author of “Brainchild: Secrets to Unlocking Your Child’s Potential”. She is also the founder of Figur8.net (a website on parenting, education, child development) and RightBrainChild.com (a website on Right Brain Education, cognitive development, and maximising potentials). In her spare time, she blogs on Forty, Fit & Fed, and Back to Basics.

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