I have been seeing article after article about the value of giving children experiences rather than things. If your house is looking like mine with all the toys no one plays with taking over areas of the house that are not meant for toys, then gifts of experiences are the way to go.
I know you’ve already filled your house with markers, crayons, pencils, paper and all sorts of other things to keep the kids creative. So now what can you get your creative, visual thinker? I have found some great ideas to utilize those right brain skills and keep the kids creating.
First and second grade is the time that most children are diagnosed with ADD/ADHD. But many of the same characteristics of visual learners are the same traits that point to an attention deficit. If you are in this situation, be open to all the possibilities for helping them be more successful in the classroom.
Hundreds of thousands, even millions of adults have gotten a taste of how good it feels to get in touch with their creative side by coloring, but what about our kids? They spend 6 or 8 hours a day in school focused on reading, writing and arithmetic. Add 1 to 3 hours of homework, maybe a little screen time and hopefully some physical activity. Eat. Sleep. Rinse and repeat. Where’s their coloring time? When do they get to create, play, build things, use their imaginations? Half of their brain is built to create, to think outside the box, but if it’s not happening at school when is it happening?
Last week while cruising through my Facebook feed I was stopped dead in my tracks. I’m not sure if it was because the video post was so ‘bright’ on a gloomy Sunday afternoon, or if was just so perfect, overwhelming, and joyful, no matter what the day, time or weather.