The idea of giving our little ones a tin of paint and a brush before telling them to go wild on the living room walls is probably one that evokes an immediate sense of horror in the majority of us - but there is a responsible way to get kids involved with the decorating.
Okay, so the suggestion does sound a tad crazy, but if we're looking to give our children's creative sides a boost then it's vital for us to provide them with plenty of opportunities to express themselves and explore their ideas.
This doesn't mean that we should give them free reign to turn the hallway into a collage of clashing colours ranging from bright pink to garish green, but that with a bit of direction we can teach our youngsters to appreciate the principles of art and design.
There are various benefits to this, as fostering our children's creative development is something that will have a positive impact in various areas of their academic studies.
Indeed, with kids needing to explore their imaginations to come up with stories in English and get inventive in art, decorating can help them learn how to form ideas and put them into practise.
What's more, this also provides the chance to get our youngsters involved with a spot of problem solving - difficulties always crop up when we're trying to give the ceiling a new lick of paint, and encouraging them to find a solution will get their brain cells firing too.
And if the experience unlocks a real thirst for arts and crafts, GreatGifts4Kids has a brilliant range of products that can let our children pursue their interests once the decorating is done.
Below we'll take a quick look at a couple of children's gifts that are great for aspiring artists and designers, and these are a perfect way for them to explore their new found hobby after they've finished helping us paint the skirting board.
Junior Watercolour Painting Sets:
Created by French brand Sentosphere, these kits are fantastic for teaching little ones about art.
With four themed paintings to complete in the form of stencils that have been specially designed to bring colours to life, kids can focus their care and attention on making the images their own before displaying them on the wall for everyone to see.
Children's Animal Crayons:
Small, simple, solid and strong - these washable way crayons are perfect for toddlers and pre-schoolers as they get acquainted with colours.
There are 12 crayons in all, and youngsters will love the opportunity to unleash their creative impulses on paper as they get to grips with drawing.
Colouring Surprises Animals:
Produced by Djeco, these kits are aimed at kids between four and seven years old.
Children are required to colour-in part of a printed page that is then folded, but once revealed a bigger picture is unveiled to show a quirky animal adorned in shades chosen by our little ones.
These and plenty more products are available to help our kids explore their creative sides, and this can all stem from letting them get involved with a spot of decorating.
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