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Nurturing Creative Kids Hobbies Engage and


Grow Healthy Kids by Marlaina Donato


Experience the Power and Presence that Can Change Your Life Unity Church of Raleigh is a loving, thriving, fun, spiritual


community that experiences and expresses the Power of God every day, in every way. With a teaching based on positive, practical Christianity, UCR empowers lives of Peace, Love and Joy.


Join us for a whole new way of doing and being church: Inspiring Sunday service for adults and youth • Uplifting music Classes, book clubs, small groups


We encourage self-discovery and personal growth, and believe that acceptance, respect, love and support for one another leads to a


lasting bond as a community and spiritual family. We welcome you wherever you may be on your personal spiritual journey.


SUNDAY MORNING SERVICES: Prayer and Meditation . . . . 9:45 – 10:15am Sunday Celebration . . . . . . 10:30 – 11:45am


5124-108 Departure Drive, Raleigh 919-870-7364 unitychurchofraleigh.org


Unity: A positive path for spiritual living and a way of life that can lead to greater health, prosperity, happiness and peace of mind.


nplugging with creative and fun activities fosters skills that can last a lifetime. Studies published by the


National Endowment for the Arts Office of Research & Analysis show that participat- ing in performing and visual arts enhanc- es children’s social skills and emotional processing, builds confidence and improves academic aptitude. “Not every child needs to play a team


sport. Team experiences such as working with peers toward a goal, learning to win and lose gracefully and to get along with others can also be learned through the arts,” explains Antonella D’Aloia, a developmental and expressive art teacherwith Te Whole Child, inUpton, Massachusetts. “Both craſts and expressive artistic creation have huge benefits because they’re usually seen as nonthreatening activities, especially for kids with anxiety or on the autism spectrum. Art offers a safe place in which they can hone new responses to difficult feelings.”


Earth-Based Self-Expression Weaving, scrapbooking, making friendship bracelets and other art projects involving organic or re-usable materials can demon- strate sustainability while teaching children how to follow directions, cultivate patience and strategize. Healthy cooking classes are a creatively engaging avenue for youths to learn about connections between a healthy Earth and maintaining personal health. Ex- pressing themselves through the visual arts, drama and dance promotes problem-solv- ing and innovation, as does joining a science or Lego club. “It doesn’t have to cost a lot of money


to try new things,” stresses D’Aloia. “Go to local school concerts, plays and art exhibits. Look for public art in your area. Local libraries oſten offer great activities for kids.”


Mindful Investments Instilling mindfulness in children can be both fruitful and far-reaching. “Origami— the Japanese art of paper folding without cuts or glue—is a quintessential hobby for centeredness. Te act of folding paper is so engrossing that one is very present and in the moment,” says Kathleen Sheridan, origami master and founder of Origami and You, in St. Paul, Minnesota. “Origami


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