When kids are at school, stay-at-home moms sometimes feel this tint of hope in the mornings of getting some time to sit and relax. Once kids get back home, well, the story changes a bit. I usually like to have my kids perform outdoor activities on the backyard. Luckily to me, whenever I cannot join them, I do have access to see them through the huge sliding door or through the kitchen windows.
Children went on vacation and now they stay at home with me. This is when I need to get a bit more creative with activities they could be doing. Toddlers need to be stimulated and brought down to productive activities. I do not really welcome technology and video games when it comes to planning those for them. I enjoy going shopping for finger paint, paintbrushes, and canvases. But this year was different. I went through the store and found out about art charcoal and I thought I could give it a try.
After getting my charcoal art supplies from Nitram Art Supplies, I set up everything with the kids. They absolutely loved it! I found some interesting advantages on using art charcoal with the kids:
Sparks creativity and allows for mistake
We all know how performing artistically improves memory abilities on kids. It also stirs creativity and helps them develop their brains. With art charcoal, kids are free to use their creativity as there are options to freely create as they can be later erased. My kids no longer worry about saving paint (not like they ever did) for future projects.
Easy to set up
All you need is a cardboard or any surface and a charcoal pen. Kids sit on the floor and draw and add shades at their own personal creativity. It is really fantastic all the things they can come up with! Getting them set up for all this should not take you any more than two minutes.
Easy to clean afterwards
Best thing ever! When my kids use paints, I have them pick up after them and clean any mess they left behind. I would later on furbish this cleaning to get things back to normal again. With charcoal, there is no conundrum and the cleaning gets done in seconds. Basically, all your kids need to do is pick up their canvas and the leftover charcoal sticks.
Pretty versatile and non-expensive
Another great thing I loved about charcoal is that the cost is rather cheap. Considering that all you need to buy is a charcoal stick, I can say it is a good deal. There are some other accessories you might want to buy to give your pencils some maintenance, but those still hold to the low price of it all.
Enjoy time with your kids creating interesting pieces using art charcoal. They will have fun and will love creating flexible pieces of art.