Sometimes we all feel like choosing an easy, fun, creative project or action, which speaks to us. Something without a high learning curve, that will not add more stress to our lives. An activity that feels like playing, and that helps us to find our creative joy again.
Here are four easy project ideas to get started.These can be modified in any way you choose or may even get you thinking of other ways that you can be creative. Don’t be afraid to try your ideas out. Happy playing.
Camera Closeups. Take photographs that are very closeup and that show the beauty and texture of the patterns of nature. Your subject matter can be anything in nature such as the inside of a flower, or a puddle on the ground. Blades of grass. The sky. You can use your children as subject matter by photographing the palm of their hands for example. Really look and see and enjoy.
Alphabet story. This is a great one for people who have families as you can get the whole family involved. Make up a story about anything you like with the first sentence starting with the letter “A”. Then the second sentence must start with the letter “B”. The third sentence must start with the letter “C”. And so forth through the alphabet until you reach the end. You can either end the story there or start again at the beginning of the alphabet. Don’t worry about the quality of the story, or overthink it. This is about having fun and finding joy again as you reconnect with your inner creative spirit.
Collecting leaves and drying flowers. When I was a child I used to enjoy picking up pretty leaves that I found interesting. My mother taught me to press them between the pages of a heavy book. You can put paper on either side so that nothing dirties the book page. Wildflowers can be picked and then hung upside down to dry. These are very simple but satisfying pursuits.
Crafts, everyday games and playtime with your children. One idea is to make up a story with them that you write down. Have them colour a picture for the cover and your children will have published their first book. You can make the book at home by gluing, stapling, or sewing the pages into a book format, or if you prefer you can collect these stories and use an online publisher such as blurb.com to upload your child’s stories and pictures and then have the finished book mailed to you.