Best Gifts to Encourage Creativity

This list is going to be the anti-list to those “hot toys” out there. Nothing. I repeat. Nothing on those lists is being marketed to inspire creativity and open-ended exploration. Instead, these toys are specifically designed for a cheap thrill that your kids will soon tire of and then move on to the next craze.
So… turn off the commercials, hide the catalogs, and think about ways to inspire your little ones to think and grow in creative ways.

Your Messy Kid Could Be a Perfectionist

Sometimes, perfectionism looks like someone spending hours and hours laboring over draft after draft, making sure everything is just exactly so, but for some, especially those who deal with executive function difficulties, it may look exactly the opposite.

Tie Dye Towels – Summer Fun and a Father’s Day Gift

The kids & I just made their Papa a fun AND PRACTICAL Father’s Day gift. It turned out great and was pretty easy. I also had each kid make their own summer towels with their names or decorations of choice on them. They love them!

Spaghetti, Playdoh, & Buttons – fine motor engineering

We had a nor’easter in town this Thursday, plus a full moon, and being stuck inside, by late afternoon, we needed a creative activity. I’d seen a cool activity using Playdoh, spaghetti, and pasta and decided to modify it for my older kids as well. I started out using Playdoh to stabilize vertical pieces of…