Try an art project together

Kids love to spend time with you, no matter what you are doing. Some simple craft or art projects can create lasting memories, both tangible and intangible. Your children will love doing an art project with you and your Au Pair, even if you are not the artsy type.

Take the family to a do-it-yourself pottery-painting studio for all ages. Most studios offer premade pottery (such as plates, mugs, tiles, frames, bowls, or vases) in a variety of sizes that you can choose from, as well as pottery paints and brushes. You start off by picking the ceramic piece you’d like to decorate, then you choose colors and designs. You don’t need to be Picasso — decorate freehand or use stencils, shapes, sponges, even your handprint.

The studio will fire and glaze the pieces for you, and most are ready for pickup within a week. Many studios host a wide range of f’amily events — from pottery parties to story-time painting. You can even make an adorable hand- or footprint of your infant. Some places let children paint for free when accompanied by their moms or offer a discount for families painting together on certain days. Making art encourages creativity and provides a memento of the shared fun. (source: http://www.parents.com/fun/activities/unique-family-activities/?rb=Y#page=7)

For more information about Go Au Pair and a cultural child care experience for your family, visit www.goaupair.com or contact LAR Joan Lowell in the Providence, RI and surrounding areas at jlowell@goaupair.com or 401.309.1925.

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