Do you love making art?
A friend in York with two young girls suggested passing some arty ideas around. She says the blog (see link below) is for three years and under, but lots of the ideas work fine with much older children (and for adults!). Have a look here for real creative inspiration – bowls, seasonal changes, materials etc – and all so simple to do and fun to complete.
If you happen to live in York, lucky you. Especially as you can also go to these arty sessions for pre-schoolers once a week. More at http://artytime.wordpress.com/
But wherever you live make sure you keep a stash of materials that can be used to nourish those creative moments. Or simply to make an authentic, utterly loved birthday card.
This post is by Nicola Baird, see more thrifty, creative and eco-friendly ways to raise children in her book Homemade Kids.