Looking for more ways to spark your child’s creativity? Here’s a great way to put a new spin on things!
It’s my favorite time of year! Halloween is coming which means Thanksgiving and Christmas are right around the corner. I’ve already started thinking about decorations and more importantly (if you ask my kids) Christmas gifts.
I tend to put more thought into the gifts I give these days. In past years I’d just buy something cute, the kids would be super excited about it for two days and then that toy would never see the light of day again. Does that drive you as crazy as it does me? I’m pretty much done with that. This year I’d like my gifts to either educate them in some way or encourage their creativity.
The awesome thing is that there are so many different ways to do this. You can give children dance classes, easels and paints, musical instruments or just some fancy new crayons for little ones. You can even surprise your child with a fun “art studio” that can be as simple as a new desk stocked with construction paper, markers, glue and other craft materials. The possibilities really are endless.
Sometimes you can even get ideas just by walking through a store’s craft department. Walmart carries this fun Pottery Cool Studio and even though pottery making hadn’t been on my radar before, I knew my daughter would love it.
My oldest daughter Ashling is very creative to begin with and she’s always drawing, painting, writing stories, singing, and dancing…and that’s just this week! It made sense that working with pottery would be another creative outlet for her. The great thing about the Pottery Cool Studio is that she can either create her own work of art from scratch or use one of their molds to make something she can really use, like holders for her pencils, jewelry and smart phone. There are also How To videos available, just in case she needs a little help.
The studio comes with lots of extras that make it super easy to design and craft the pottery.
Since she is always on her smart phone (like mother, like daughter I guess), she immediately chose to make the phone holder first. The project is easy to do and she needed very little help from mommy. I just helped put the clay around her mold and she took it from there. As you can see, she was very focused!
Once she had the cone shape, she used the sculpting tools to carve designs into the clay. I helped with cutting the hole for the phone and we let it dry overnight.
I’ll have to admit, I was a little worried about the clay making a mess but it turns out I didn’t need to be. Of course Ashling got clay on her hands and the wheel, but other than that, there was no mess at all.
After letting it dry overnight, Ashling painted her pottery and again, we set it aside to dry. Finally her masterpiece was ready!
Ashling was so excited about her new creation and couldn’t wait to show it off.
Another cool feature is that the phone holder also doubles as a speaker. I’m not sure what she’s planning to make next but this is also a fun way for her to make holiday gifts for her sister, Grandma and who knows, maybe even I’ll get lucky enough to make her gift list!
Another bonus to having kids? You can buy them the things that you always wanted when you were little. Though I always wanted one, I never had a pottery wheel so I think that I may just give it a try myself!
Do your kids like to create? What are your favorite ways to put a new spin on creativity?
I was selected for this opportunity as a member of CLEVER and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.