Monday, December 8, 2008

Art Projects Help Kids Beat Indoor Winter Blues

(SPM Wire) Help your kids avoid cabin fever and winter blues by honing their creative energies into art projects.

These "simple cures" can draw children away from TVs and videogames by actively engaging their creative minds, says children's art expert Shell Herman.

"Getting children involved in creative projects can be energizing and can serve as a great alternative to the non-interactive activities that kids gravitate toward in the winter," says Herman, CEO and co-founder of KidzArt, a national art enrichment franchise.

Herman offers the following art ideas to beat the indoor blues:

* Group Creativity: Gather together the neighborhood kids and have an art party. Give them a theme and numerous art mediums (markers, paints, clay, etc.) and watch their creative flow.

* Let It Snow, Even Without Snow: If it snows, get the family together and make a snow sculpture. No, not only generic snowmen! Bring out the gardening tools and try something new, such as carving a snow castle, polar bear or an igloo. If you don't have real snow, try using white pastels on black paper to create unusual snow scenes.

* Art Workshops: Whether it's for a week, a day or just an evening, art camps and workshops give kids an experience that's full of challenging design projects and fun surprises. Alleviate boredom by allowing kids to explore their creative potential.

For more ideas on stimulating kids' imaginations or for details on art workshops nationwide, visit www.kidzart.com.

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