Christmas is right around the corner. Have you finish shopping for your children? My kids can look forward to a variety of presents that encourage different skill building activities. I’m excited to see them discover what they get. But one gift I’m really excited to give them is one that will definitely help develop their brain–a Dash and Dot Robot! Watch this cool video and see just what the Dash and Dot Robot can do!
We recently saw the movie Big Hero 6 as a family (if you haven’t see this yet you should–it’s so cute!) and it was all about futuristic technology of building robots that can do amazing things. My husband has always been all about technology and is what marketing people might call an ‘early adopter’. He loves to get the newest gadgets and toys. So he was totally on board with the Dash and Dot robot. My kids can learn how to code and program an actual robot to do things that they want. I’m super excited to watch my kids discover this robot and I’ll post a full review of it in January.
This IS the future. If my kids can start learning how to code and program technical things while they are young, who knows what lies in their future. They could become rocket scientists or whatever else–there would be nothing holding them back. We want to encourage our kids to be learning and developing their brains with technology, especially since having these kinds of skills are so valuable in this day in age.
Here are a few more ideas of how we encourage creativity in our children:
- I let them have free access (with permission) to some of my craft supplies. This lets them do whatever basic projects they can think of without having to be instructed by me. One day I found this adorable little bag with handles that my 4 year old had made with paper, scissors, and glue. He said it was his ‘trick or treat’ bag.
- I often include them in food preparation. It’s really easy to have your kids help you make a crockpot meal. I chop up the ingredients and open the cans and they pour them all in the crockpot. I did this one day and my kids were so happy that they played for the next several hours with no fighting. It was a miracle!
- They frequently assist me in my DIY projects. I recently put together some drawer units from IKEA and there were little things they could do (pounding plastic nails with a mallet, turning an Allen wrench with screws) and they felt like they contributed. But I don’t hover over them as they do their part, it helps them feel more independent and trusted.
How do you encourage creativity in your children?
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