Do your children like to draw? Of course they do. Here are some drawing videos I found on YouTube that are child tested and approved by me. Drawing enhances brain development and works like meditation to improve focus and self-regulation. If you are like most parents, you don’t feel confident to help your children with this lofty skill, so these videos could be just what you need. You might even find yourself drawing right along! [Read more…]
Play more with your kids. A New Year’s resolution? Maybe. But, many people fail grandly at New Year’s resolutions. Planning to create some new habits instead re-frames goals so that you are more likely to succeed. Here’s more on how that works. [Read more…]
Now that you have built your loom, using the directions in the previous post, Build a Simple Frame Loom, you’re ready to help your kids learn frame loom weaving! The videos in this article demonstrate setting up or warping, weaving, and removing a weaving from the loom. All three links are at the bottom of this post.
Keep in mind that kids focus on process when they do art – not always product. Sometimes what they do isn’t what we would think to do, but that’s OK. Just let them experiment and solve problems. Help them with the techniques and skills and try not to make suggestions about how they actually choose to do their weaving. Fun is the name of the game. [Read more…]
Archaeologists tell us that people have been weaving things for more than 20,000 years. Since fibers decompose over time, remains of ancient weavings are rare, and most artifacts are things like spear points and pottery. Sometimes ancient people used a simple, portable loom and other times just their hands. Early people wove fabrics, floor mats, baskets, and even roof structures for early homes such as pit dwellings. And what about fences?
It can be very exciting for children to know these things and to be a part of such an ancient art form, especially when they can do it simply, like our ancient ancestors did. Simple looms are easy to build and your children can fill hours of time, inside, outside, on the road, weaving anything and everything into their projects. Here are the instructions. Have fun!
Often I feel like making messes. Well, art messes, that is. Sometimes it’s because life has moved inside a bit from the outside living we do in the summer. Other times I see an awesome art supply in the store and get an idea of how to use it. And, often I want to try something out before I introduce the idea to a client in an art therapy session.
So, this is the first of a few posts on art with the kids for you and your children. Let’s go over some different ways to get that going, or jazz up what you are already doing.
I sat down to write a post about chores and how to navigate that tricky aspect of child rearing, and ended up writing this post about Christmas. I think what happened was we went to town last Saturday and, once again, I got amazed and stunned by the…..stuff. And at that point we hadn’t even had Thanksgiving yet! I know. We say this every year!
Don’t get me wrong. I LOVE Christmas. The gifts, the gratitude, the unwrapping (well, not the midnight wrapping so much). The food and family. Parties. The TREE!! The music is incredible. But, along with all of that fun, the holiday has a flip side. It can bring out some major wanting, and impulsive urges in the best of us. [Read more…]