Try some holiday artistic crafting
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.