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This review is from: The Creative Family: How to Encourage Imagination and Nurture Family Connections (Paperback)
You may think this is an arts and crafts book. But really, it's a parenting guide. Though it's filled with things you can do with your children, it also brings out the kid in you, and in the process helps you become a better mom or dad. The activities involve getting dirty with your kids, going outside and finding things like cool leaves and bugs, or drawing with crayons. Most are best suited for families with preschool- through elementary-aged kids.
The book is divided into four sections, each with three chapters:
Part One: Gathering
1. Preparing Your Creative Mind
2. Gathering Materials
3. Being Resourceful
Part Two: Playing
4. Encouraging Imagination
5. Supporting Your Young Artist
6. Sharing the Tradition of Handmade
Part Three: Living
7. Exploring Through Nature
8. Capturing Moments
9. Everyday Rituals
Part Four: Connecting
10. Celebrating Your Family
11. Handmade Holidays
12. Creative Connections
At the end of the book, a six-page resource guide lists other books and websites on the same topics.
Even though my daughter is 14, we both found this book worthwhile. For example, we set up a Nature Table. Before, all the tiny miracles we brought home in our pockets ended up in the trash. Now we have a spot. At the moment it has a handful of seashells, three skate egg cases, some hot pink sea whips, an orange sponge and a sparkly rock she snared last week on a trip with her dad out to the Grand Canyon.