Inspiring Creativity in Children

I consider myself kind of a crafty person. I don’t make brownies from scratch, but I l do love to scrapbook. I tend to make things that require absolutely no minimal artistic talent. In other words, anything that is in a ready-to-do kit, I am all about it! This not only almost guarantees an acceptable final masterpiece, but also allows Baby to participate and express her own creative flair.

Since moving to Georgia, Baby and I started making cards to send to family to keep in touch. Baby enjoys decorating the outside with puffy foam stickers and markers, and is able to practice her writing skills on the inside of the cards. Themed die-cut foam stickers rock! I have them for all the holidays (and some letters), so they are always available. We also use the same theme stickers to decorate plain gift bags for any given holiday, Christmas ornaments, bookmarks and even fun masks. My favorite idea for a future craft is this fabulous princess themed snow globe! Baby will love it!

For Christmas we had a few extra special projects planned. I found premade frozen gingerbread men and holiday-shaped sugar cookies. Who needs all the clean up for actually making the dough? Not me, that’s for sure. Decorating is most of the fun anyway.  A wonderful evening was spent as a family while Baby decorated all the cookies with colored icing and many types of sprinkle toppings.

Next, we were able to spend an afternoon assembling a super sparkly foam gingerbread house from a kit instead of recreating the “icing fiasco of Christmas 2008″. Please feel free to call Auntie Kimmy for details about this event. And just because I didn’t make the gingerbread men, doesn’t mean we didn’t bake some special treats too, including the deep dish peanut butter brownies.

Baby and I made the most of our afternoons together baking, creating and sharing. I’ll get into the sharing our love of infomercial products in a future post. I’ll give you a hint though, if you recognize the words Big Top Cupcake, or fancy mommy and me matching aprons, then you’ll definitely be interested.

What are you doing to inspire creativity in your own children? Do you have a special craft idea to share?

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9 Responses to “Inspiring Creativity in Children”

  1. Lindsay Lebresco December 30, 2009 at 9:18 am #

    My husband calls what I do “half-ass crafts”- I used to have a whole closet full of them. I think it shamed me away from doing crafts for a while but with kids, I’m back in the game! These are some great ideas and I have a boxed gingerbread house that I’ve been too scared (hear: lazy) to break out- maybe we’ll do that tomorrow on our day off.

    And for Jagger’s b-day last year I made one of the oversized cupcakes- it was adorable! I don’t have the infomercial version so I haven’t done pudding in the middle :) but it was still delicous (and wowed the other moms when I broke it out at the party!) :)

    Um and please share the “deep dish peanut butter brownies” – that sounds too good to be true!

  2. Karen Hartzell, Graco December 30, 2009 at 9:25 am #

    Great to hear, Lindsay! Haven’t tried the pudding yet, but maybe the next time. :-)

    Oh and the deep dish brownies are easy. Use a 9×13 glass baking dish and two packages of mix at once. Easy peasy. You just need to bake them a little longer. I buy the multi pack big boxes at BJ’s and the recipe is on the box. For the peanut butter, again, I took the easy way out…added peanut butter chips as a layer between the brownie batter. Dee-licious!

  3. kim December 30, 2009 at 3:23 pm #

    where did you find pre shaped cookies!!! and the kiis are real cheap at michael’s now, snowflakes and snowman picture frames! Or stock up for next year at these cheap prices!

  4. Karen Hartzell, Graco December 30, 2009 at 3:29 pm #

    Super Target! They were very good. Wish I bought more since they family ate them all! :-)

  5. Caroline January 2, 2010 at 2:52 pm #

    I have a blog that’s entire theme is cultivating creativity in my children. My goal with my blog is to encourage and inspire other parents to create things–anything–with their children, and to enjoy that time. We paint, cook, craft, make silly hats and recently, my little lovelies helped me to create a 2010 banner to ring on the new year!

    Happy New Year to you!

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