Of course we at RML are always pushing kids to read more and find a balance with their screen time, but we also love to encourage them to be CREATIVE. In our preschool storytimes all the way up to our programs for teens, we love to give kids creative ideas that they can expand on at home - whether they are crafts, imaginary play, or ideas from our STEAM programs - legos, building, experiments, etc.
So alongside the gifts of warm clothes and toys this season, remember to take some time to inspire and encourage CREATIVITY in your children and teens! Here are some great gift ideas:
Check out the Tinkerlab website for tons of great things from it's creator Rachelle Doorley, including this hands-on book. Board books by Herve Tullet just OOZE imagination, and one of my all-time faves for inspiration is Lunchtime for a Purple Snake by Harriet Ziefert! Of course there's also Beautiful Oops! DePaola's The Art Lesson, all of Lois Ehlert's books and....
Depending on what your child is interested in (this month!) you can find a creative companion book for it. Drawing books are always great at this age, but there's also paper airplanes, sewing, photography...etc!
Chances are that teens already know (and have no problem telling you) what they like and want. But sometimes they don't speak and don't tell you the secret stuff, so why not surprise them with one of these?! (You can always return it).
Doodle art, 'adult' coloring, bullet journaling and decorative calendars/planners are all hot this year.