Overview sets for children’s creativity

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"And do not let him try to grow a creative person" — told a friend of mine, looking at how her six year old son with huge enthusiasm hammered a nail into a wall of polished sideboard.

However, some of these cold-blooded parents. Although this all understand how important it is to develop creativity in a child — a pledge of non-standard decisions in difficult situations. But can we do less blood, especially as the shelves in stores are inundated with a variety of kits for children's creativity? However, is it possible to truly create, following the instructions and details ready?

Let's draw or the blind?

It is curious that the most "creative" sets often can not find in stores educational toys, and stationery departments or shops for artists. This is a wide variety of paint (the usual gouache or watercolor to more complex oil, tempera, acrylic, or even stained glass), pencils, markers, crayons (wax, oil, pastel. They can be designed for a trivial paper or cardboard, and wood , fabric or even metal or porcelain.

If your child loves to model, it will enjoy different sets of clay (rich, "acid" colors or soft, pastel, with sparkles and without them). There are clay frosting in the air and turning into a solid, and there is a special "plastic", which, for this purpose, you need to bake in the oven — and is ready to present a toy. There are different types of clay — terracotta, blue, white — specially treated for kids, non toxic and harmless to the skin.

Materials for painting and sculpting suit has two-year-child transmission (a special finger paints can give even the ten-baby). And since at this age is especially important to develop the sense of touch, it's fine if the kid gets acquainted with different art materials.

Children painting sets may include a large number of colors, markers and crayons, packaged in a special carrying case — something like a huge foam. But by and large, everything is fine you can buy and individually — focusing on the needs of their child (for example, some children prefer bright oil pastels, while others prefer a set of markers from the die to print).

Sets for modeling may actually consist of clay, stacks, shapers, syringes for extrusion of thin sausages, etc. for sale in the store and almost real potter's wheel with blue clay and other tools for making homemade pottery.

Painting and art — it's art in its purest form, is not limited templates and instructions, so that these sets are not a lot happens in the economy all come in handy.

Part and the whole

This problem is all the children, without exception. Why cup, falling to the floor, broken into multiple parts? Why have not done a whole hulk, and some lumps of dough or clay again going high bun?

From the big to do a lot of small pieces — not difficult, but of many small details add up a whole — the problem is much more complicated. On her decision and directed this series of kits designed for children from three years old.

The easiest (and note the most creative) option — applique. Especially if the child does not offer ready-made forms, and the material or even geometric figures, of which he is on his own judgment and imagination will add finished composition. You will only show how to smear glue parts, so they hold for ages.

Sets "Smalt" designed for children from five years old. They are pieces of foam rubber in different colors and shapes. Following the model they need to put on a special substrate and pour diluted plaster. Get something like a mosaic.

With some reservations, the creative sets include regular and puzzle, jigsaw puzzles, puzzle (Tangram, Columbus egg, etc.) — They are also part of the whole is going. With a stretch — because here the child can act only on the model. He decides to logic puzzles, trains fine motor finger, but from his imagination in these activities do not depend.

What are the coloring

Some educators and psychologists do not like coloring — just because the creativity in them a little bit. Indeed, for example, coloring by numbers — When for each site to pick up the paint on a particular number — creativity are very remote.

But if your child loves to paint traditional contour coloring with crayons and paints, look for other materials — maybe it will give him a new impetus to the development of creativity. Most of them are designed for children over five years.

For example, this coloring can be considered Murals — With the final circuit protective layer of paper is removed and the sticky surface of poured colored sand. Then prepared in the same manner and the other portion "is painted" sand different color. By the way, a good exercise for fine motor skills, especially if you're emptying the sand in a small outlet, and the baby will take it from there pinch.

Another type of coloring — stained glass pictures. Some sets have a ready-made path, in others — it is necessary to draw on the model of their own, and after drying paint special paint that in a few hours form the transparent color film. You will get a homemade sticker, which you can not just stick to the glass, but also on any smooth texture (tiles, mirrors, furniture) and when tired — easily peeled off without risking damage the surface.

However, the stained-glass colors you can draw directly on the glass — that's you and new opportunities for creativity.

Another coloring are wooden — called painting on wood. The kit includes a small board with a burnt circuit and a set of colors that is offered in gay colors and pattern.

And, you can not just paint a flat surface, but also a relief. For instance, plaster bas-reliefs. First you need to be cast in the form of gypsum — a photo frame, a Christmas toy or a magnet for the fridge, and after setting — pull out the attached form and paint gouache. Have nothing in mind that even after drying gouache still get your hands dirty. So either cover crafts paint, or use other colors — for example, acrylic.

A small but very useful gift

The biggest part of the children's art kits designed for children aged seven years. And this is not surprising. First, their handles are very smart and skillful, and secondly, in this age, children have a need for a productive activity, which is important for not only the process, but the result of their work. Need to get some THING — which has its practical value.

Most traditional Kits — Sewing and Embroidery.

The youngest of five years craftswomen can embroider on a plastic mesh plastic needle (minimal traumatic!), And after seven years, you can try to embroider already this needle on this fabric — a drawn contour. And aerobatics — embroider without the drawn outline, focusing only on the scheme.

Using Sewing kit, You can sew a stuffed toy, a pillow for needles or real fluffy pillow with a funny beast.

If the traditional crafts are not very attracted to your treasure, you can try more creative ways. For example, using the corresponding sets of young fashionista will be able to weave themselves or girlfriend bauble bead or cord, to make the original decoration of wooden or plastic beads and even weave belt on this loom.

There are also special Kits for making candles (Almost candle factory for Father Theodore of "The Twelve Chairs"!), And a wide variety. You can make candles, laying around the wick gel beads — they will gradually melt, reflecting the tremulous light. You can turn off the candles scented sheets of colored wax. And you can use a normal paraffin, warming it in a water bath and the bay to the appropriate rubber mold.

Is on sale and baby kits for making Tapestry. And, to create highly artistic works do not have to while away the days and nights at the loom. Children's tapestries are made on a plastic base with already made cuts in it. We can only reach these c
uts threads in accordance with the figure.

But whatever set for children's art you choose for his child, remember that the most important thing — do not require him to exactly match the pattern. Not a bad idea — buy a second set for themselves and not to go to a child with advice and guidance. Be creative yourself — and your baby will want to join you!

Inessa Smyk

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