It is a fact that creativity can improve your brain’s cognitive abilities. Just like our bodies need physical exercise to be healthy, our brains need regular workouts too.
How the Human Brain Works
Did you know, people with a musical background, for example, tend to have stronger links between the two hemispheres in their brain
The human brain contains about 100 billion neurons and 100 trillion connections. Your brain is command central of all you think, feel, and do. Your brain is divided into two halves, or hemispheres. If you’re mostly analytical and methodical in your thinking, you’re said to be left-brained. If you tend to be more creative or artistic, you’re thought to be right-brained.
The “whys” for teaching children to be creative are clear: it leads to stronger emotional and brain health.
Plus, according to research, creative thinking can help our brains develop neural connections and learn new concepts. Additionally, creative activities can improve your child’s mood and well-being.
It takes time to develop strong writing skills, and it can be a tough task to accomplish. Thankfully, there are many things that parents can do at home to help improve children’s writing skills.
Writing skills are developed through a variety of tools in our preschool… We often use our fingers to write with… We use crayons to write with… we do finger painting.
With a little bit of effort from the adults in the house, daily writing activities will improve kids’ writing skills in no time.
Handwriting starts with scribbling and drawing then moves on to forming letters and words.
You can encourage your child to develop an interest in handwriting by giving them opportunities to draw, scribble and write. This prepares your child for the formal handwriting they’ll learn at school.
Exploring Writing Materials
This is really great for working with fine motor skills and allowing their creativity to run. Writing also helps with language development as children are constantly earning new words and their meaning.
Working creatively on writing skills can so a lot for your little one’s confidence – after all it is special together time and also with better writing skills, they will be ahead of the other kids in their class.
Pop in to Household Plastic – we have more writing tools than you can imagine – from various kinds of wax crayons, to pens and pencils, to felt tip pens, paint, chalk and many other exciting material
Switch it up by writing with something other than a pen or pencil. Sidewalk chalk on the driveway, finger painting, or a salt writing tray are all fun writing activities that will also help build kids’ writing skills.
This is also a fun way to experiment with texture, shapes, and line thicknesses.
Pens, Paint and Chalk
Water colors can be a little tricky to paint with, but the kids love exploring the different colors. Too much water makes the paints runny and the color faint. Also focus on how the paintbrush can make wide strokes and fine lines and how different paintbrushes make different strokes.
Playing with sidewalk chalk can be one of your child’s first experiences with coloring and writing. It helps them learn the appropriate pencil grip as well as develop fine motor control and manipulation
Explore writing with nature. Grab a small branch of a tree and use it as a paintbrush! Notice the different type of strokes that are made and how it is harder to pick up paint with waxy leaves. Explore other types of writing materials outside the house.
Writing with children provides numerous opportunities to develop children’s emergent literacy capacities including making meaning/expressing ideas in texts, fine motor skills, concepts of print, phonological awareness, phonics, and creating and exploring texts.
At Household Plastic we have everything you need to write with and write on for kids and adults – come and have a look at our craft section and grow your creativity.