This Easter hol­i­days, reel back the rules and roll out the fun

Highfields' Own - - CHILDREN’S COLLECTIVE -

Is there any­thing bet­ter for chil­dren than be­ing on school hol­i­days? Yes. It’s when mum and dad not only let you get messy, but en­cour­age it.

This Easter hol­i­day break, put down some old news­pa­per, throw on smocks or old shirts and sit down with the kids for some good old-fash­ioned messy fun.

Whether it’s fin­ger-paint­ing, craft with all the beau­ti­ful au­tumn leaves that have fallen, or paint­ing some flower or herb pots for the gar­den — make it fun!

No­body will re­mem­ber the white shirt that was ru­ined in 2017, but the kids will re­mem­ber that fun day on the Easter hol­i­days when they had their par­ents’ un­di­vided at­ten­tion and had the chance to un­leash their in­ner cre­ative. If the kids are quite young, try wa­ter based paints. For older chil­dren us­ing an oil-based paint and thin­ner brushes will give them greater cre­ative options for de­signs.

Paint­ing some­thing that lasts, such a flower pots or ter­a­cotta or­na­ments that can be pur­chased at lit­tle ex­pense from nurs­eries, dis­count stores or home­wares stores, means the fam­ily can ad­mire their hand­i­crafts for years to come.

These artis­tic ex­ploits can be used as doorsteps, book­case or­na­ments or even placed around the gar­den.

They are also sure to be a source of en­ter­tain­ment in years to come as the kids grow up, and look back at their mishap­pen de­signs from their younger years.

So this school hol­i­days help un­leash your chil­dren’s in­ner cre­atives...and don’t be sur­prised if you find your own in the process.

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