(Written by Michael Turner) 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...]