(Written by Michael Turner and Elle Yi) The demands of modern life mean that it is often difficult for parents to find as much time for their children as they would like – whilst kids are spending more time than ever absorbed in such unhealthy distractions as video games, the internet, mobile phones and on-demand television.
For the busy parent who would like to spend more quality time with their child, whilst encouraging a healthier alternative to the dubious digital delights of the TV and Xbox, making art together could be the perfect solution.
You could enjoy a variety of relatively inexpensive activities together. From finger painting with younger children, experimenting with tempera paints and watercolours with older kids, sculpting with clay and play dough, to designing personalised t-shirts, the options are endless.
Not only will engaging in artistic activities together help you bond, it will also foster valuable life skills in your child – and educational experts agree that arts together is very important in a child’s development, for several different reasons: [Read more...]