Sunday, August 4, 2013

Start Small

I've been thinking a lot about the power of simplicity. When I design recycled art projects for ScrapKins I focus on using the least amount of materials possible both to challenge myself creatively and inspire kids and parents to use what they have to create play.

It doesn't take much. My favorite building material is still the cardboard tube. Simple but yet full of so much
potential. Try an experiment with your kids:

1. Get a cardboard tube, scissors, tape and markers. Don't buy anything.

2. Make something. Challenge each other to discover the possibilities of a simple tube. Is it a monster, a truck, a boat, a spaceship, a time machine?  Let them explore.

3. Ask yourself and your kids if you had fun. Did you connect? Did you let them find their own creativity?

Kids need the space and freedom to explore on their own. They don't always need instructions. They just need you to help when they ask for it.

Want to keep creating? Try our ScrapKins "Tube Monster" project.

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