Fun creative hour with Djeco products

In addition to lots of play and fun, letters and math, children also need creative activities. Many parents get scared when they hear about arts and crafts – they immediately think of paint on the walls, utensils thrown everywhere and lots of paper to collect at the end of these activities. But creative skills can also be stimulated without much mess or dirt.
It is very important to involve children as often as possible in creative activities because many skills are developed in this way: developing problem-solving skills, stimulating creativity and imagination, fine motor skills and a better understanding of the world around them.
At the same time, art encourages neural development and can be used to master other subjects such as reading, writing, math and science. And it's proven – children learn subjects much better when they are involved in creative, hands-on activities.

This time, the Carousel store tempted me to test and try something other than board games , namely fun, no-messy and not boring creative activities from the French and non-toxic brand Djeco, ideal for any age and any level of creativity.
If my little girl (4 years old) is always excited to draw, color in books, paint with a brush and cut out, then my boy (9 years old), who is more inclined towards science and mathematics, has a harder time letting himself be drawn into creative activities . And if I'm honest, at some point I had abandoned the idea of ​​giving him such activities, because most of the ones I found on pinterest required a lot of preparation on my part and of course my involvement. But I don't have much time, especially since I didn't see him very passionate about it 🙂
So we said let's test other activities that, in addition to stimulating creativity and imagination, also develop various skills needed for school.
Now I want to tell you about these two activities that simply drove my kids crazy because I couldn't tear them away from the activity 🙂
It's the first time I'm offering them this type of activity because I haven't really encountered it here.
In fact, I remember the boy had been given something similar a few years ago, brought over from the US by a friend, and he was very enthralled with the activity. However, this time I had the opportunity to offer both children this scraping activity, each with its own degree of difficulty, depending on their age.
What does the scratch board entail?
Scratching boards involve a special technique of painting by scratching. A glossy image is covered with paint and you uncover it after scraping it with a sharp wooden tool.
The Djeco scratch-off set contains 4 friendly animal (for 3-6 year olds) and dinosaur (for 7+) picture boards and the scratch-off pencil. What I appreciate about Djeco activities is that they are all made from non-toxic materials and colors.
So, imagine – with just two utensils the child is ready to create a real masterpiece! There is no need for a large set of pencils or crayons, and no brush or water. And most importantly – it is not a dirty creative activity.
Just from the moment he starts scratching, the child is amazed at what colors and hidden images he begins to discover. For Adelina it was really magic. She kept watching what details needed to appear by comparing the pictures in the instruction manual.
When I invited Daniel to scratch, he immediately remembered that he had something similar when he was still 6 years old, and with great interest he began to scratch. I did not expect that this activity would captivate him so much! Although at first he found it quite easy and started to scrape everything, I warned him that he had to follow the steps in the instruction manual, that is, he had to make careful movements. But in art we must give them the freedom of imagination.
And it's not as simple as it seems at first glance - at one point he told me that the muscles in his hands hurt. I smiled and explained that this is exactly the signal that fine motor skills are very well stimulated.
By the way, this activity is addictive! Once you start scraping, you can't stop. Children forget toys, TV and even tablets .
It's a super simple and super fun addictive activity!
A little tip: As I mentioned, this is not a messy project, but I would recommend placing newspaper or a sheet of paper under the board because the scraped paint becomes powdery. In this way, cleaning will be faster.
For these activities you only need the materials included in the box and a pen to transfer the images or glue (for the adults). The only thing you will have to clean up after the creativity lesson is just a few small papers, instead you will be left with original toys.
In addition to involving a lot of fine motor skills, assembling these paper toys stimulates a lot of logic. It's like a 3D paper puzzle, but with the folding technique.
In the case of figurines for small children (3-6 years old), the image transfer technique is also included, and this won my little girl over. The details on a film are transferred to the toy by means of a sharpened pen or pencil by scraping. It's like a magic trick to make a detail appear.
The steps are quite simple, shown step by step in the instruction manual, but Adelina needed my help in folding and assembling the cute animals. She was too focused on decorating the animals with various details. At least I let her figure out from the image where and how to place the details.
He chose a colorful reindeer and a coquettish hen to hide in the room with, and they had created a role-playing game. I really love watching her in these moments as she gives voice to the toys 🙂
On the other hand, the 3D project for 7 year olds needed some glue. Dinosaur and dragon lovers would be super excited about this project.
To begin with, Daniel needed a short guidance from me to better understand the technique (it's the first time he creates such structures). Then I let him stimulate his logic at will and develop his fine motor skills in the bending and gluing process.
It's a kind of STEM project, and I love projects like that.
Art is an extremely vast field and does not only involve the use of pencils or watercolors. Try to give children the opportunity to explore various techniques and tools of creating to fuel their interest in creative activities.
This article is taken from the Planeta Mami blog where the author, Natalia Madan, shares her ideas for games that stimulate curiosity, laughter and creativity, healthy recipes for children, real parenting stories and lots of inspiration for mothers.