Looking for ways to encourage your child to expand their creativity? I have 7 tips for you to get them off the couch and creating, building, doing, and blooming. Even if your child is not the next Picasso or Hemingway turning on the creative part of their mind will give them a well rounded education.
- Leave supplies within reach- While I won’t (from experience) encourage markers left in the 4 year olds room, or paint pots left on window sills at all times of the day I do believe children should have constant access to paper of varying sizes and textures- construction, copy paper, newspaper, doodle pads, etc. Jars and baskets of crayons, rulers, stickers, and things like that.
- Make a special display area- Make a special place just for your child’s artwork or inventions- on the fridge,mantle, or surf Pinterest for some awesome diy artwork display pieces. Give their creations a place of honor in your home and they will get excited about art.
Create with them- Don’t just set them down at the table, make a spot for yourself and create. Coloring, painting, sculpting, whatever. Show the how fun it is, model techniques if they show interest, create fun challenges, and follow their lead.
- Visit a museum or art show- A fun “field trip” to a big museum with a special exhibit on French artits or a small local art show in the park showcasing quilts, woodwork, and even handmade soaps can open both your minds to different art forms and expressions of creativity.
- Encourage them to think outside the paper– Besides being a great medium for creating, upcycling common household items is cheap (FREE). Use toilet paper rolls, oatmeal tubes, newspaper, and other recyclable materials. Make a special box ot house these items and encourage you child to create things using the contents of the box. Try using leaves as paintbrushes, make your own paints, or use clay to create sculptures.
- Play music– Play different types of music while creating, drawing, cleaning, eating, or whenever. Give them a sampling of all the beautiful music out there. Whether they learn to play piano beautifully or just listen you are broadening their horizons.
- Dabble- Let them try many forms of creativity- guitar lessons, painting, sculpture, ballet, scrapbooking, photography, videography, story writing, or animation. Trade out lessons with other parents who excel in areas where you are not as confident, and offer the same to them.
What is your best suggestion for encouraging creativity?