Freebie Friday ~ Creative Printables by BIC SA #BICStayInspired

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Creative Printables

BIC South Africa has amazing #BICStayInspired, connecting through creativity, creative printables on their website and I must say, they have been awesome time fillers for between lessons when I’m busy helping one of the other children. They have also been great boredom busters for the girls between their Zoom dance classes!
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The girls received a surprise #BICStayInspired parcel earlier this week and have had an absolute blast pulling out their BIC crafting stationery and letting the creative juices flow.
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We haven’t seen my folks since just before lockdown and we are all missing them terribly. Fifi and Pixie decided to make some surprise gifts for Oupi and Ouma.

The Origami printables are fantastic and the girls had tons of fun folding a Tshirt (which Fifi turned into a Father’s day card) and flower for Ouma from Fifi.

Creative Printables

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The girls also coloured in pictures for each of the grandparents, which turned out beautifully!

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Creative Printables

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There are so many different activities to choose from, that you can keep your child, or children, busy for ages.

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Connecting Through Creativity

The Importance of Creativity in Children During Lockdown

Life under lockdown has been tough on everyone, particularly parents. Balancing work life and family time has always been a point of contention among working parents. And now that kids have been learning from home, things are extra hard.

Children are struggling too – their normal weekday routines are gone and there is limited contact with their classmates and teachers. What’s more, these changes to the structure of daily life can have a significant impact on young minds. Luckily, initiatives like the #BICStayInspired campaign have been created to inspire your little ones during this uncertain and confusing time.

Link between creativity and well-being

There have been multiple studies conducted to show that creativity and well-being are positively linked. Psychologist Bernice Castle agrees, saying that art and creativity help the development of children in various ways. “Art can be a powerful tool among children and adults alike. If children engage in hands-on art activities, they learn much better in all disciplines.”

Castle continues, “Art helps children apply their gross and fine motor skills to something meaningful and tap into their problem-solving skills through visual cognitive responses. Art has been proven to stimulate imagination, improve observation skills, boost self-esteem, provide a sense of accomplishment and reduce stress.

“Finally, art creates opportunities for them to communicate how they see and experience the world and allows them to give expression to their feelings about the situations they encounter in their daily lives,” she concludes.

Getting creative together

The need to keep kids engaged and entertained during the lockdown has left many working parents scratching their heads. Here are some ways you can tap into your kids’ creative outlets and keep them engaged in meaningful ways during these uncertain times:

Set up an art station – Dedicate a small section of your home to art projects. BIC has a wide range of high-quality stationery perfect for art projects with the kids. They’re made to last, and widely available at your favourite grocery or stationery store.

Set daily challenges – Give your kids a challenge for the day. This will help them meet daily goals and provide a sense of accomplishment at the end of the day.

Keep everything – Don’t throw anything away. Display the really good art pieces and keep the rest in storage. Not only are these great keepsakes, but they show kids their work is special and deserves attention.

Find online resources – There are thousands of resources online, from blogs to Youtube tutorials and more, like the ones above. Make use of these resources to add a creative spin to things. Also see the #BICStayInspired tutorials HERE!

Get involved – Whether it’s reaching out to fellow parents or school educators or searching online, use the resources you have to get involved and stay connected.

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Sponge Painting

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I got this wonderful idea after reading The Attached Mama blog

Materials Needed:

Scissors
Sponges or foam
Tempera Paint
Water
Flat saucers or dishes
Construction paper

Use scissors to cut sponges into interesting shapes. You might cut out alphabet letters, numbers, geometric shapes, animals, spaceships, or whatever your child likes. You can also use foam instead of sponges – it is available at hardware, craft, and fabric stores in large sheets.

Dilute liquid tempera paint with water. Pour small amounts of different colors in saucers. Let the kids press the sponges into saucers of paint, then onto large sheets of construction paper to make designs. Have them write their names, create landscapes, or tell a story with their sponge shapes.

Creative Options

Have the kids repeat the same shapes over and over to make wrapping paper. Or, make greeting cards, picture frames, or place mats.

Trouble-Shooting Tips

Ask the kids to keep sponges on the paper. Keep the activity contained at a table covered with newspapers.

How to Make Slime

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Materials Needed:

A large table
1 cup cornstarch per child
About 1/4 cup water per child
Food coloring (many colors)
1 zip-lock plastic sandwich bag per child

Set up a big table outside (if possible), and cover it with a newspaper. Your party guests can stand up while making slime if there aren’t enough chairs. Hand out sandwich bags and let the kids pick out a favorite shade of food coloring.

When children have their materials, begin demonstrating the following steps, pausing often and checking that the kids are following directions properly:

1. Pour 1 cup cornstarch into the sandwich bag, and slowly add about 1/4 cup water mixed with a few drops of food coloring.
2. Carefully press the excess air out of the sandwich bag and seal it shut.
3. Knead the sandwich bag until the mixture is well-blended and smooth. Make sure not to puncture the bag!

Watch the delight as the kids mix up the “magic” concoction, which slowly changes from dry to wet, from hard to soft, and from white to a color. Tell the kids to first squeeze the mixture firmly and quickly in the bag and then feel the mixture “melt” in their hands.

Creative Options

The kids can add two different shades of food coloring to their slime to make a new color.

Let everyone put glitter in the slime, at the same time the food coloring is added, for a little sparkle.

Another fun and magical recipe is a catsup and mustard creation that the kids can work with to make designs. Just put a blob of catsup and a blob of mustard in a zip-lock bag for each child, seal it, and let the kids create colorful designs by pressing or “drawing” on the baggies with their fingers. The two colors will stay separated for a while. Once they’ve completely mixed, pour the contents in a bowl and use this special sauce to top hotdogs, burgers, or French fries.

Trouble-Shooting Tips

Even though the described slime mixture is nontoxic, it’s not a good idea for the kids to put it in their mouth. Warn them ahead of time to touch but not taste.

To be on the safe side, seal the sandwich bags with electrical tape to make sure they won’t open during handling.

If you have a large group, premeasure the materials so that all the kids have to do is pour and mix.

Provide the children with old T-shirts to put over their clothing so the food coloring won’t stain their good clothes.