Try some hol­i­day artis­tic craft­ing

Rotorua Weekender - - News - He­len English

I was read­ing an ar­ti­cle this morn­ing on­line which ex­tolled the value of kids get­ting used to bore­dom in the hol­i­days.

“We did, so why shouldn’t they?” I have mixed feel­ings. I cer­tainly don’t think kids should be bored or that elec­tronic de­vices should be the an­swer to bore­dom bust­ing, and I con­fess to be­ing a bad ex­am­ple to the younger gen­er­a­tion — of­ten check­ing emails and so­cial me­dia as if it’s go­ing out of fash­ion.

I also don’t think par­ents should be en­tirely re­spon­si­ble for the en­ter­tain­ment.

Par­ents (and other fam­ily car­ers) who pro­vide food, shel­ter, love and sup­port, and of­ten have full-time or part-time jobs, also need time to re­lax be­tween dawn and dusk.

My sug­ges­tion is a box of artis­tic bits and some chal­lenges.

The box can con­tain a mix of coloured pa­per, card, felt, coloured cel­lo­phane, PVA glue, sta­plers, felt tips, glit­ter, pen­cils, pens, rulers, rub­bers (all bought very cheaply), card­board tubes from toi­let rolls or pa­per tow­els, ma­te­rial of­f­cuts or old clothes (no cost if not be­ing used) and shoe boxes — shoe shops are gen­er­ally happy to oblige.

Ex­am­ples of chal­lenges could be:

■ Make a crazy pair of sun­glasses — think­ing card­board, cel­lo­phane and dec­o­ra­tions.

■ Re­design your bed­room — think­ing floor plan drawn out and shoe box ‘car­peted’ and ‘wall­pa­pered’ with card­board fur­ni­ture and pic­tures, etc.

It’s amaz­ing how the sim­plest ideas eat a day up and cre­ate other ideas…happy hol­i­days!

He­len English is a lo­cal arts tu­tor.

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