Think your little ones are going to grow out of finger painting?
Not necessarily – when you forget your paintbrush fingers stand in nicely. As my grown up little one found out when we went out to do some photography and artwork. Being the resourceful girl she is, she tried grass heads and stems too.
There’s never a more valuable skill than resourcefulness. Being able to find answers, to turn whatever you have to hand to good use and to think out solutions in ways you’d never have imagined if you’d had the ready-made answer, is a skill that stands by you for life.
We can become used to money supplying a ready-made answer. We so often buy a solution instead of creating one. But with this increasingly challenging economy that option’s becoming less available. And many home educating parents, deciding to manage on one income whilst they create an education more suitable to their child than the one provided in school, become the champions of resourcefulness.
Resourcefulness is an education in itself.
When you have the skills needed to seek alternative solutions very little can stop you. Resourcefulness demonstrates to your children a mentality of not stopping at a hurdle. Of asking what could be done to get round it. Of seeing life as a surging force of possibility rather than a blocked drain.
We all get stuck at times, admittedly. But we can get unstuck and get back into the flow if we don’t take ‘stuck’ as the final word.
For example, if the budget’s a problem just take a look at all the things you actually don’t have to buy; paper towels for one – use and reuse cloths. You don’t have to buy more clothes and accessories. Or junk snacks and drinks. We don’t have to use money to give us a lift – try ‘doing’ rather than buying to get the same result. And sometimes we’re just in the habit of shopping whether we need to or not – it’s amazing how much richer you can make yourself by breaking this habit!
Another example, do you need some new shelves or storage for all your home educating bits and bobs? Don’t buy them, make them. Paint boxes you can get from markets for free. Build shelves with bits of wood (we used the slats off an old bed) and bricks, tins or jars to prop them up. Make display shelves by stacking orange boxes on their sides.
You can grow things even without a garden – any container will do; food tubs, old pottery or pans, a leaky wellie! You don’t have buy expensive planters. Use Freecycle more often and you’ll be doing the earth as well as your purse a favour.
If you make resourceful, inventive solutions part of your way of living and learning with your children you will give them skills for life that will be as useful to them as anything academic!
Not forgetting when yours are painting that even some of the most admired artists have used various body parts in their work!
And if you’ve got some resourceful ideas you’ve come up with, do please share them in the comments – I’d love to hear.
We use old washing tablet boxes to store all sorts of bits and bobs in. We make our own paint and use cotton-buds or hands to paint with. I visit our local shop at a particular time every day when I know that I can get fruit and veg at a discount. We have plans brewing with a community group to grow food so by next year we should be even more self sufficient.
I rarely take toys to the park because I like the children to make their own from what they find – in this they are truly resourceful.
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Great ideas Pru, thanks so much for sharing!
We love using old boxes to draw on – the bigger the box the better. The kids have even climbed inside a box to draw on the sides. I also am a big fan of the library and the on-line reserve service, I always find good books for the kids.
Thank you for this – great ideas! x