There are many things parents can do to help develop creativity in their children. Some believe that you need to provide art materials to do so. However, this is not always the case, even something as simple as answering their questions can help with nurture their creativity. Aside from the usual art supplies parents can also provide opportunities to be creative such as problem solving, discovery and trial and error. Here are other easy ways to spark creativity in your kids.
Challenge Your Child
One of the best ways for kids to become creative is by challenging them. Even something as ordinary as a spoon can spark creativity. For example, give them a box of Popsicle sticks and glue and see how many toys, creations and knickknacks they can come up with. You can also choose something unconventional like a ball of yarn and see what they do with it. Helping them become creative now can help them “think outside the box” as they grow older.
A lazy and simple activity like cloud gazing is a really good way to fire up the imagination. If our ancestors were able to come up with shapes with the stars, we can use clouds as a creative thinking tool for our kids today. Aside from being creative, cloud gazing is actually a fun filled and relaxing activity. Aside from this, it is also a good way to spend time with your children.
Most of the time kids draw using crayons or markers on a sheet of paper. Over time using the same kinds of material can become boring. Mix it up a little by letting them try other creative medium like oil on canvas, chalk on tarmac or paint on your walls. Not only will this challenge your child’s creativity but also allow them to discover and explore new things.
Give your child something that he or she can tear apart and them put together again. Not only will this teach them creativity but problem solving too. This play can turn into a creative way to solve problems and think outside the box. This will not only help them during adulthood but during their school years too.
Encourage Them To Ask Questions
This can be annoying but this is how kids learn. Kids do not only ask “why”. Sometimes they also want to know what happens and ask “what if”. Answering this question can hold many possibilities and can stir the curious side of your children.
Make Their Drawings Into A Reality : Stuffed Plushies!
Another way to express their creativity is by turning their drawings or artwork into stuffed animals. Companies like Budsies can take snapshots that you’ve uploaded or texted to them into stuffed creations. Not only will this spark their inventive and imaginative process they will also have a physical reminder of their creation. Budsies can even turn your selfie or photos of your pets into cute plushies that are handmade by skilled artists. How cool is that!