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Education

4 Ways to Enhance Your Child's Creativity This Summer

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Summer break can be challenging when kids are looking for fun activities.  It's important to keep them using their brain when they're away from school for so long - either through direct learning or through creative play.  Here are 4 ideas for enhancing your child's creativity during summer break:

1.  Create beautiful sidewalk chalk murals.  Art doesn't have to be on a wall.  Select sidewalk mural designs online, or let your kids create what inspires them.  They can draw colorful repeating patterns, make a giant hopscotch or twister game, or create drawings that leave a space for your child to lay on to complete the image; for instance, have your child draw dragonfly wings and then lay between them.  Take a photo to remember the special artwork.

2.  Plant a garden with vegetables and herbs.  Work with your child to create a garden that will fit your lifestyle; you can grow certain types of herbs and vegetables in large pots if you don't have space for a garden in your backyard.  As the plants grow, have your child create a book of recipes for when the herbs and vegetables are ready to be harvested and eaten.  Help them understand how managing a garden can help save on food costs for your family.

3.  Visit a local berry farm.  Picking blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, and/or blackberries is a fun experience.  It requires patience and diligence, but the rewards are tremendous.  Fresh berries can be washed and used to make ice cream syrups, salad dressings, smoothies, cobblers, and other delicious treats.  Berries can also be frozen and used during the winter months.

4.  Make a mini-golf course in the backyard.  Use art materials, old boxes, garage items, and anything your child can dream up to create a mini-golf course in the backyard.  Invite their friends to help and to play once the course is complete.  Visit local mini-golf courses for ideas.

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