Art

Kids Have Feelings too

How to promote your child to share feelings

Over the past month, my own child have came to me asking for help with feelings she was exhibiting. This was nothing new to me because my children have been taught from a very young age that displaying emotions are okay and normal, as well as learning effective ways to cope with those emotions.

Recently those conversations have became more real. The election, my youngest being attacked by a dog, anxiety around moving into a new house, new school, etc. Children have feelings too, we have to learn effective ways to allow our kids to manifest those truths, so as parents we can shape them into healthy adults who are able to process their emotions safely. 

This activity is a exploration learning about how and where children "wear" their feelings on their bodies and what we can do with them. This activity works well with children of all ages regardless if they have a mental health impairment or not. Use your discretion on how to present it to different ages of children and be aware of what it might look like. For instance my 2 year old was not able to have a detailed conversation. I used simple language like mad, sad, and happy and coded those feelings with specific colors. My very mature 9 year old was able to really have a in depth conversation around specific incidences and used a wide range of feeling vocabulary. 

Activity:

1. Have your child identify at least 3 strong emotions they have experienced over the past week or so. These feelings can be both negative and positive. I would recommend a few of each to balance things out and not be hyper focused on only the negative. 

2. Use a cut out of a body, or draw a body that will represent the child.

3. Code each feeling with a color and create a key so that children can go back and understand what color goes with what feeling.

4. Have your child paint or color where they hold or show that emotion via internally or externally on the body. For example, if I used yellow for happy, I may color my face yellow because when I am happy I smile. If angry is red, I may color my stomach area red, because when I get angry by belly tightens up.

5. Begin a discussion on when, what, where, and how. Allow your child to express emotions without judgement. Discuss how some feelings are felt in the same places and how it can be beneficial when they are feeling the negative feeling to try to think of ways to get the positive feeling back. Most important remember to VALIDATE. Nothing more annoying then telling a child they can't feel a certain way. Or they are too young to feel. 

6. Help them problem solve. No matter if the feeling is fear, anger, being left out, sad. Practice and teach children what they can do and who they can talk to.

 

Let Them Be Little.....

Mother's Day Craft

A Very Crafty Bouquet Of Flowers

Okay so we are pretty obsessed with collecting art material and finding simple yet fun crafting activities. Today we made use of our recycled paper towel and toilet paper rolls. I must say although this craft had tons of steps, it kept Karter (2) entertained the entire time. Partly because she has the ability to stay regulated when engaging in sensory play (finger paint), but also because with every step we used some sort of different material. So she would get excited every 15 minutes.

Kennedy and Karter have been on a flower/plant kick lately. Everyday they bring home some sort of new greenery that needs planted or attended too. I thought why not use the paper rolls to produce our very own bouquet of flowers. So here it goes.

Please feel free to adjust this craft to your liking. I know paint and other items can be intimidating so make sure it suits your comfortability.

Materials:

  1. Paper towels, toilet paper rolls. Paper towel rolls should be cut in half.
  2. Paint- finger, water, and/or acrylic
  3. Pipe Cleaners or popsicle sticks
  4. Cardboard
  5. Construction Paper
  6. Scissors
  7. Clear Glue or Mod Podge
  8. And any other art material that is great for decorating 

Begin my cutting down the rolls to be different sizes in length. Begin designing with paint, stickers, glitter, and whatever else suits your fancy.

Cut the cardboard (flat) into a square to be the base of your bouquet. While your rolls are drying on the side, begin to paint and design your base. Kennedy took it to the next level and covered her base with a cool paper design by just gluing it on top.

While both base and toilet rolls are drying. Begin cutting out flower designs with your construction paper. I did different shapes and sizes to make it more abstract. I let Karter use crayons to color the petals. Kennedy used that same pattern paper and cut out her petals and glued them together to give the appearance of a flower.

Puncture the center of the flowers, and place pipe cleaners to look like stems. I tied a little knot to hold the pipe cleaner in the center of the flower. Popsicle sticks can be substituted for pipe cleaners.  

After rolls are done drying, attach the pipe cleaner/popsicle stick to the inside of the roll using either glue or a small piece of tape. 

After base is completely dry, cover in clear glue/mod podge. Before drying occurs, sort all the rolls around the base, giving it the look of a bouquet of flowers.

Allow to dry and viola! Mommy has her very own crafty bouquet of flowers!

Happy Mother's Day to all my sweet momma's! Hoping this fun, simple craft creates a special and messy moment! (Thank me later) lol.

Shaving Cream Fun!

The magic of shaving cream.

Today we used shaving cream as our sensory tool. I added a extra twist by making it holiday festive, but please feel free to use whatever design you like. Allow for this to keep the kiddos occupied in their imaginations for a little...

Material:

  1. Shaving Cream
  2. Construction Paper/Card Stock
  3. Paint and/or Food coloring
  4. Q-Tips and/or Paintbrushes
  5. Cupcake holder/Paper plates

Begin by cutting out any design to use as your template. I chose a heart shape, due to it being Valentine's Day.

Spray out shaving cream in different sections to separate by color. I used a cupcake pan, and sprayed as much as I thought my children would use. Add a few drops of food coloring and/or paint. I used both for brightness and  to assure it dried on the paper.

Use paintbrushes and/or a Q-tip to begin painting!

Note: I prefer hands! Therefore they can really use "touch", and truly integrate the sensory play. Again this helps with self regulation and increases a child's brain develop! 

Describe the art as they paint to help increase your child's knowledge of colors and how they mix to make new colors!

Have fun!

P.S. After you are all done. Place your extra shaving cream and color into a plastic ziploc bags. Prevent your child from opening them by sealing the bags with tape. These little sensory bags can continue the fun. Let them draw letters using there hands, or just to squash around!