The benefits of creativity for kids seem endless. Creativity improves your child’s self-esteem, motivation, problem-solving skills, ability to deal with difficult feelings, view of the world, chances of future success, and more. Thankfully children are born with strong imaginations and a natural instinct for creativity. That creativity wanes, however, as they grow older and we expose them to more conventional, structured, and standardized ways of living.
Unsure where to start encouraging your child’s creativity? We compiled this list of 10 tips to help inspire your child’s creativity and keep it a priority in your home. Read on and then reach out to us on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram to share how you spark creativity in your own home.
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Introduce Your Child to a Variety of Creative Activities
You never know what will appeal to your child. Encourage your child to try singing, dancing, telling stories, drawing, and playing dress up help nurture their imagination and creativity. If you need some ideas, Dr. Priscilla J S Selvaraj of Parent Circle lists fun and creative activities you can do with your for kids like catwalk, cloud kaleidoscope, puppetry, role-play, and more.
Don't Force Your Child to Do an Activity
Embrace what your child shows interest in rather than pushing them toward something they don’t want to try. For example, if your child enjoys coloring, prompt them to try similar activities like drawing or painting. If your child isn’t interested in playing music, forcing them will likely only make them stressed and less interested in the activity.
Encourage Your Child to Ask Questions
This is where a digital assistant, like Alexa, could come in handy, as we know how it’s difficult to keep up once the floodgates open. If your child isn’t naturally inclined to ask, turn the tables and ask them! “Why is the grass green?” “What makes a car move?” They might amaze you with their imaginative answers as they think about the world around them.
Nurture Your Child's Problem-solving Skills
Demonstrate that there’s more than one way to use an item or solve a problem. For example, a pencil isn’t just for drawing and writing. A pencil can make a great drumstick or a hole punch or a pole for a mini fort. This teaches your child to consider different perspectives and look at everyday items in new ways.
Give Them Time to Be Bored
These days there are so many ways to keep your children busy. Between pre-school, chores, screen time, extracurriculars, and more, there’s little downtime. That downtime is critical, though, as it pushes children to think of new ways to entertain themselves. More than boosting creativity, boredom makes children more motivated, interesting, and psychologically sound, according to Mark Oliver of Mother.ly.
Dedicate Space in Your Home to Creativity
This doesn’t need to be a full room. A corner or a desk or chest filled with play items works just as well. Abby of Abbynture recommends filling the area with things your child would use for imaginative play like old clothes, construction paper and crayons or other artistic supplies, building blocks, and more.
Schedule Time For Creativity
Regular, dedicated intervals of creative play help your child develop motor skills, concentration, and communication. They also make sure creative play is a priority in your family’s hectic life.
Make Sure All Screen Time Benefits Your Child
Choose kids apps like Jellies that commit to educating and inspiring your child’s imagination. For example, you’ll find lots of creative kids videos in Jellies like arts and crafts, dancing, drawing, amazing art, and balloon animals. What’s more, Jellies’ educational, exploration topics take your child across the world, into space, and under the sea. There’s a lot to see, learn, and do.
Give Your Child the Freedom to Make Mistakes
Jacqueline of Deep Roots at Home says that parents should celebrate creativity and talk to their children about their ideas and feelings instead of pointing out errors. When you focus on correcting mistakes, play becomes more about perfectionism than exploration and imagination. Do it too much and you might make your children afraid to try new things and express themselves.
Be Creative Yourself!
Show your child you value creativity by example. Start a new creative activity at home like cooking, sculpting, or painting. Surround yourself and your family with creative things by hanging art around the house, stocking your shelves with storybooks, and taking your child to plays and musical shows. The more you demonstrate creativity in your own life, the more important it will seem to your child.