Are you unexpectedly home-schooling? Me too… I have two boys one in year 1 and another in year 4 and I am not finding it easy. My home is a crazy place right now with trying to work and home school. I found that when life gets crazy or going well, I take a few snapshots of my day, you know the space in between things. But at the minute I find myself wishing moments away, telling myself that things will be better tomorrow, or next week. This type of thinking is troublesome because every parent knows that this section of motherhood is gone in a blink of an eye.
Something that helped me was a book called Mindfulness for Children I highly recommend it. In Mindfulness for Children, parents will first learn how to be more mindful themselves before teaching their children basic mindful skills. It’s packed full of fun activities for children up to age 11, this book sparked thoughts of how art is such a mindful practice.
If you have a little artist at home doing some art activities together would be the perfect bonding experience. From my knowledge of teaching art to children, I know that children love drawing and painting big. Having something large to work on really helps to stay away from feelings like perfection. You might find them saying things like ‘That doesn’t look right’ which can lead to frustration. Always reassure with positive comments like, “your art is unique”, “there is no right or wrong way” or “your drawing is fantastic!”
I used a large delivery box and cut up and laid it flat and just used a mixture of felt tips, colouring pencils and charcoal. Anything you have around the house would work fine. Another artist to check out before you start this project is Mr Doodle, he is an exciting artist to watch, he doodles a lot on very large spaces. https://www.mrdoodle.com
I really hope this blog inspires you to get on the floor, pause, appreciate and connect with your child or children. Feel free to take some lovely photos and send me your creative time together…or just keep them for memory purposes and feel free to inspire others socially online as we all need to help each other and feel that sense of community to get through it altogether.
‘Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much’ Helen Keller