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7 Creative Activities to Help Toddlers and Preschoolers Positively Identify and Express Their Emotions

November 13th, 2012


Join the International Parents & Professionals Community (IPPC) monthly Support Call Tuesday, November 27th. I’ll be speaking on the topic “7 Creative Activities to Help Toddlers and Preschoolers Positively Identify and Express Their Emotions


If you have a toddler or preschooler in your life then you are likely looking for tools to help children manage their big feelings? Perhaps you are looking for activities to engage your child and help them learn how to manage their behaviors? Maybe you are looking for creative support tools to teach children how to get along with others without hitting, screaming, and throwing a tantrum?  The Creativity Queen has got you covered!


On this call I’ll share:


Seven creative activities to help children regulate their social interactions, emotions, and behaviors. These activities will encourage young children to:


  • Express and communicate both verbally & non-verbally,
  • Identify and express their feelings, asserting themselves in positive ways,
  • Develop communication, problem solving, creativity and self-confidence,
  • Positively interact with other children and reinforce appropriate behaviors,
  • Participate in age-appropriate cooperative play, choosing positive behaviors,
  • and guide children through problem-solving and conflict resolution solutions


You will leave this call with art activities and creative ideas to encourage positive healthy expression with young children.  This call is F*R*E*E* to all IPPC members. Join us on this creative support call. Click here to learn more about our supportive community and all the resources for children and families


Creative Art Ideas for Summertime Boredom

July 11th, 2012

Summertime boredom got you down? Here are 21 creative art ideas for bored kids!

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What happens when all the excitement of having time off for the summer turns into your kids whining “I’m bored”? You may notice that your kids are more irritable and there are more arguments and fighting, especially when you turn off the electronics!

Here are 21 creative art ideas to engage your child’s imagination, encourage positive communication, critical thinking skills, develop self-esteem and self-confidence during the summertime!

  1. Create a book of your vacation or a vacation you are planning with words and images
  2. Get big paper and trace your child’s body, and ask them to decorate their image
  3. Fill spray bottles with water and tempera paint and spray a large paper outside to make abstract paintings
  4. Get a box of sidewalk chalk and make colorful symbols and words of what you like
  5. Create a collage and tissue paper lantern out of old glass jars, glue on the paper and images, let dry and add a votive candle
  6. Make a scapbook of camp pictures
  7. Collect leaves rocks and branches to spell out your child’s name and glue it to a painted board
  8. Get a bottle of “zubbles”, colored bubbles and large paper and make abstract art outside
  9. Paint a mirror (either paint the wood frame with acrylic paint or use glass paint and paint the mirror)
  10. Make a sock monkey
  11. Use modeling clay and make funny people
  12. Make pom pom animals
  13. Use paints or markers and make a self portrait or pet portrait
  14. Draw cartoons of what your pets are thinking
  15. Create a cool kite
  16. Create vegetable stamps
  17. Got lots of school papers and returned homework and tests shred it and make paper
  18. Paint rocks with cool saying or images (or make a pet rock)
  19. Add drops of food coloring to shaving cream and mix and create swirled colored paper 
  20. Make handmade votive candles or soap
  21. Use a cardboard box and make a diorama (create a miniature house or world)

Got some creative ideas to keep your bored child busy? We would love to hear what creative things you do to make summertime a positive learning experience. Post your ideas in the comment box below!