September 24st – 30th, 2017 is “National Keep Kids Creative Week”. The holiday was started in 2003 by author/illustrator Bruce Van Patter to restore children’s innate ability to “think outside the box“, not “in front of the box.”
During National Keep Kids Creative Week, parents are encouraged to eliminate or at least cut down on kids’ screen time, and help them brainstorm creative activities instead. Write a story or create a recipe together. Challenge them to come up with their own superhero, cool invention, or fun game to play. Bruce Van Patter’s website has some great ideas to get the ball rolling.
Cheshire Library has a lot of resources to encourage creativity, too, as you might imagine. Let’s get those creative juices flowing!
Tinkerlab : a hands-on guide for little inventors by Rachelle Doorley
365 Things to do with LEGO Bricks by written by Simon Hugo
ChopChop : the kids‘ guide to cooking real food with your family by Sally Sampson