Crafting and creating needn’t be something you keep to days spent at home. We try to encourage our children to be creative wherever we go, particularly if we’ve got some time to fill while travelling or on holiday. Here are 10 ways to get creative outside the house:
Sketching & doodling
Keep it simple with a sketchbook and pens/pencils for observational drawing or just doodling whatever comes to mind. You can get out pen and paper wherever you go: car journeys, museums, park walks, beach trips. Ask your children to look around them and do their best to recreate something they see or encourage them to completely fill the page with abstract shapes and figures.
Get up close to nature with crayon rubbings. Place a piece of paper over an interesting texture (such as tree bark, a rock, a drain cover) and use chalks, crayons or pastel to reveal an imprint.
Making a scrapbook is a lovely way to treasure memories and unwind through creative process. All they’ll need is a glue stick, pens/pencils and their imagination. What will they want to stick inside? Flower petals from castle grounds, sugar packets from their favourite cafe, entrance tickets from the theme park? There are no rules.
Pack an extra water bottle and some paintbrushes on your next day out and you’ve got the materials for water painting on any interesting canvases you find. It could be a big blank wall or a long pavement, water painting is a fun and easy way to get making outdoors without leaving a permanent mark.
Another way to make a mark outside, pack your chalks. Great at the playground or on trees in the forest for washable graffiti.
Paper planes & boats
Any craft that results in a toy you can play with is popular in our house. Paper planes and boats are easy to make and if you haven’t packed any paper with you, they can be made in all sizes out of flyers, brochures, receipts, tickets, and takeaway menus.
If you’re looking for a mess free creative activity on the go, how about filling one side of a lunchbox with Lego figures so they have a safe carry case for their constructions. Magnetic tiles are another fun option.
Pen & Paper Games
When they’re not in the mood for sketching, there are loads of pen & paper games you can play as a family. Perfect for over a restaurant dinner. See our blog on creative Pen & Paper games here.
A pot of playdough with accessories (pom poms, sequins, googly eyes, lolly sticks etc) is a really easy and compact creative activity you can take out too.
A palette of watercolours is an easy, low-mess way to get painting outdoors. Great for taking to a National Trust garden or to the beach. To save paper flying away in the breeze, try painting on paper plates which are thicker and easier to manage without a table or easel.
Perfect for preschools, stickers are a fuss-free way to enjoy some downtime while unleashing their creativity. Offer them a mix of shapes and characters they can use to create stories and scenes.
Have you ever taken your own fun extras to a quiet playground? Cushions, blankets, a play tunnel? It adds a whole new dimension to their favourite outdoor play spaces as they can create dens in a new setting.
Which of these creative ideas do you think your child would most enjoy? Tell us over on Instagram, we’d love to find out. Plus, why not share this blog with other creativity loving parents and help unleash their child’s creativity this summer.