When we talk about our parenting goals, we often speak about wanting our children to be healthy, to be successful, and to be happy. The scientific term we’re really looking for is “flourish”. What we want for our children is for them to flourish.
In one of the workshops we had at school, mental toughness coach, Clive Leach discussed what we need to flourish. Then recently, a new study from the Journal of Positive Psychology revealed that engaging in creative activities can also promote flourishing:
The researchers found that people reported feeling more enthusiasm and greater positive emotion the day after engaging in creative activities.
The most common types of creative activities the students engaged in were:
- creative writing (poetry, short fiction),
- knitting and crochet,
- making new recipes,
- and sketching,
- graphic and digital design,
- and musical performance.
So it got me thinking about creative activities we could do to help the kids flourish:
Education.com has loads of fun and simple art and craft ideas you can do at home:
Happy Family Art shares some really cool art project ideas. They also offer art lessons online.
Dress up day coming up? Get the kids involved with costume design.
Imagine you’re a fashion designer and you need to come up with a new t-shirt design. Combine different methods to come up with a unique design – tie dye, puff paints, fabric paints, sequins, beads…
Design your own jewellery using bead work, knots, and traditional jewellery making techniques.
Images from Pinterest
Express yourself in colour with acrylic paints.
More Creative Art Ideas
Music and Movement
- Learn dancing online – this site offers lots of lessons on different styles of dancing. There are both free and paid dance courses available.
- GoNoodle is another great way to get the kids moving creatively. GoNoodle is also available as an app now!
Cooking and Decorating
With Christmas around the corner, making and decorating your own gingerbread cookies is always a fun, creative activity to do with the kids:
Even if it’s not Christmas, encourage the kids to make a birthday cake for a family member and decorate it themselves.
Start a creative writing blog and post your stories, poems and ideas to it. Use the following resources for ideas and writing prompts:
- Writing resources for would-be writers
- Resources for reluctant writers
- Creative writing ideas
- 10 Best creative writing activities
- Creative writing activities from Scholastic
Imagine you’re a games designer at a toy company and you need to come up with the next best seller for Christmas.