As we say goodbye to Rhythm of the Home, we look to those who are continuing the work of fostering a love of creativity, natural learning, and family traditions in our community. Liz Sniegocki has been a frequent contributor to ROTH, and last year she began her own set of Nature E-Books for each season.
Liz joins us today to talk about the joys of creating with children in winter, and shares her project for making a nature wrapped Yule Log.
What are the biggest challenges for parents in creating a creative rhythm for their children, and how can your guide help?
I believe time is always a challenge for parents; we strive to fit so much in to our days, sometimes creative projects fall to the bottom of the list. Another obstacle for many parents is that they themselves don’t feel like they are “creative” people, and therefore don’t have the confidence to create a creative rhythm for their children. The answer to both lack of time and creative resistance lies in the knowledge that everyone, and everything we do, has creative potential! Weaving creativity into our everyday lives is the key. The Celebrations of Light Family eGuide can help parents do just that! From getting children involved in the kitchen, to turning an evening by the fire into an opportunity for storytelling, to engaging in some basic paper-and-glue crafts, the eGuide offers inspiration and direction for creative and meaningful wintertime family rhythms and traditions.
What is one piece of advice you would give to parents about setting aside time to be creative each day with their children?
I’d actually suggest parents not try and set aside specific time for creativity, and instead find ways to incorporate it into their existing family routines and activities. Help your children set a beautiful dinner table; turn your walk to the bus stop into a color-quest; encourage kids to hand-make birthday cards and gift wrapping instead of using store-bought; allow them to experiment in the kitchen and make their own snacks… look for ways to weave creativity into the things you already do as a family.
What does wintertime mean to you, in terms of inspiring creativity in young children?
To me, winter is a time for mindfulness and turning inward. It is also a sparkly time of magic and beauty. It’s a wonderful season for creative projects infused with meaning – but also glittery and full of imagination! From holiday baking and handmade gifts, to seasonal decorations and celebrations of light, the season offers endless opportunities to inspire creativity in young children!
To enjoy the Nature Wrapped Yule Log, please download the pattern here.