Thursday: The Importance of the Arts—“Free Play” and Letting Go

“All children are artists. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.” 

-Pablo Picasso

There are has been a huge thing I have been doing to discourage my child from “remaining an artist.” 

 I can be a control freak, I like for my kid’s clothes to look nice and try to prevent any mess I can.

I have been reading a lot about natural, free play and realized I am not even letting it happen because of how I try to control messes.

So I am very proud of myself for the following pictures:

Abby after 3 hours of messy play at the Art’s Festival (no I have no idea what is in her hair and I was ok with that!)
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The projects she made at the festival with no help or “suggestions” from me.

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Abby painting with no rules and no “Be carefuls!”
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And her work of art…
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So I have a new designated time where most days we have been having an hour “Nature Free Time” where everyone gets as messy as they want and then we just run through the sprinklers to get clean for dinner. I am liking it, it feels good to be less of a control freak :)

If you have the same problem as I do tell yourself these things as you watch your child become a mess.

  • You are helping your kids to use their creativity and develop their imagination, dexterity, and other strengths
  • It encourages them to interact with the world around them
  • It helps kids conquer their fears and build their confidence
  • It helps them to practice decision making skills

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