Creativity Helps Kids Beat the Indoor Winter Blues

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Children's visual arts franchise CEO offers ideas to ward off seasonal doldrums and stimulate kids' imaginations.

Parents can offer thought-provoking, yet fun, activities to keep kids engaged even during school break.

If your kids are feeling isolated and are left with little to do except watch television and play video games during the holiday break or winter months -- don't despair. Help kids avoid boredom by stimulating their brains with some simple cures says children's art expert Shell Herman.

"Getting children involved in creative projects can be energizing and can serve as a great alternative to the non-interactive activities that kids gravitate toward in the winter," says Herman, CEO and co- founder of KidzArt, a national art enrichment franchise. "Parents can offer thought-provoking, yet fun, activities to keep kids engaged even during school break."

Herman offers the following art ideas to brighten up the dullness of winter:

1. Group Creativity- Gather the neighborhood kids together and have an art party. Bring out multiple art mediums (markers, paints, clay, etc.) for the kids to work with and offer a theme such as "funniest Halloween costume" or "weirdest cafeteria lunch." "When kids get together in a group, they inspire each other and have a great time letting the creativity flow," says Herman.

2. Snow Sculpting – Take advantage of the first big snowfall by planning a family snow sculpting event. Instead of building the traditional snowman, bring out the hand tools and shovels to sculpt a polar bear, igloo or giant snow castle. Or, if there's no snow, try using white pastels on black paper to create unusual snow scenes.

3. Art Workshops – Whether it's for a week, a day or just an evening, art camps and workshops give kids an enrichment experience that's full of challenging design projects and fun surprises. Alleviate boredom by allowing kids to explore their creative potential and even create unique and inspiring gifts for the holidays. "Parents can drop the kids off for dinner and an art project while they shop for the evening or let the kids immerse themselves in a week-long art workshop during school break," says Herman.

For more ideas on how to stimulate kids' imaginations or for details on art workshops throughout the nation, visit the company's Web site at

About KidzArt

Founded in 1993, KidzArt is designed to let kids and seniors of all ages explore their inner artistic potential in a safe, structured, non-competitive environment. KidzArt was recently ranked the Top Children's Art Franchise in Entrepreneur magazine's Franchise 500 for 2006, and made their Best of the Best list. In addition, KidzArt was recently named among the Fast 55 by Franchise Times magazine for 2006. Franchising since July 2002, KidzArt has franchised units nationwide and growing. To find out more about the KidzArt franchise in your area, contact Shell Herman at 800-379-8302 or visit them on the Web at


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