Each age has different aspects for creative learning. Since my kids are all under 6 it is easier to get things together.
One of the best activities we do – which we followed a blog for years ago but it can to an end was Open Ended Art. We chose either just a few supplies or use a specific topic, if the kids are old enough give an explanation and let them create.
The small Sandbox is a Great learning tool for kids. By inserting a piece of textured paper – like sandpaper – you can promote a different experience too.
This is great for writing letters or drawing shapes.
A bag of dry powder paint would be equally fun.
Toys can be made by drawing a few things (or downloaded and printed), by sticking some things together too. Here is a fine motor activity my 2yr old daughter loves. She is feeding the cat. The Cat was printed off a website (going to look for it), and using discs to feed into the mouth – the cat face is attached to the bucket using prestik. You could always gut out little fish and laminate them too – but I am too lazy for that one.
Some other learning ideas:
* For my smaller child – Get a large “sandpit” shell…cut loads of coloured cellophane, add in some balls, animals, plastic scourers, sponges, cars, use raffia – any sensory item but preferably safe.
* Shaving cream goes a Long way in this house – we spray some on the glass door and the kids have at it. It is easy to clean but lots of fun.
* Use an medium to large Canvas Art board (PNP hyper or Makro sells them ) and put out some blobs of tempera paint. Kids “paint” a worthy picture!
Have a Creative and Fun learning Journey