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Creative Play!

September 27th, 2011 - By Jamie Bissot

Creativity is pretty important around here. I love the possibilities of a blank sheet of paper, a bin full of dress-up clothes or some sidewalk chalk. I’ve been trying to rely less on the tv or wii to entertain the kids and more on the non-electronic activities around the house. After all, why have an art box if it’s going to sit in the corner? I found these great activities to get my wheels turning:

This was our take on the pounded flower prints, or what we called “Rock, Paper, Flower”. It was a big hit because apparently my kids like to beat things to death.

Pounded Flower Prints

Pounded Flower Prints

Pounded Flower Prints

We’re also lucky to have some great programs in the area to foster the creative spirit – some of which we are lucky enough to take part in. Here are a few places to help children take advantage of their natural creative abilities:

Children’s Classes at The Chicago Street Theatre (Valparaiso)- these spots go super fast, so get your info early and be prepared to sign-up when enrollment opens

Memorial Opera House (Valparaiso) – Watch for special children’s workshops – they’re a blast!

South Shore Arts (3 locations in NWI) – Drawing, painting, pottery, mixed media and more. Classes for children 2 and up

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