When we let our creative spirits run wild, we couldn't care less about mess. But for those days when we are a bit out of sync with our muse, we need things to be easy -- and neat -- to be inspiring.
We know you've got great ideas here.
Do share with us your trusted ways to let your little ones cook and and draw and sculpt and move and imagine and create -- all without requiring a mop and pail afterwards.
To get the conversation started, here are some of our tidiest treasures from the Savvy Source activity encyclopedia:
We've already trumpeted our love for pipe cleaners. No stains, no mess, no muss, no fuss. All imagination.
Or, there's our favorite messy-but-not-messy option: sculpting or painting or generally monkeying around with shaving cream!
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