Creativity is a natural and necessary part of childhood. As children engage in creative activities, they are simultaneously developing social and cognitive skills that are vital to early learning and development.
Being creative doesn’t always come easily though. Like other skills, it can sometimes be necessary for adults to intervene, providing assistance and encouragement as needed.
If you are interested in promoting children’s creativity, here are a few simple ideas:
Provide plenty of time – In order to unleash their creativity, kids need a plethora of unstructured time. When children have the opportunity to direct their own activities, without schedule constraints, they are more apt to fully engage in child-initiated creative play.
Minimize the toys – Many commercial toys are designed to be used in a specific way. They don’t require a lot of thought or creativity. When kids have less store-bought toys, they tend to use their imagination more. Instead of a plastic sword, they might create one out of newspaper or a stick. Rather than a pre-designed dollhouse, children might engineer a cardboard box version. When kids have less distractions, they are more inclined to be creative.
Demonstrate your own creativity – Kids love to mimic adults, and are constantly watching how we behave in our everyday lives. Sharing your own creativity can help inspire them. Paint together, read a poem you wrote, plan and act out a play. It doesn’t have to be fancy, just authentic and meaningful.
Teach kids the importance of being creative – When children understand that we value creativity, they will learn to cherish it as well. Emphasize the creative process, rather than the finished product whenever possible. Art projects and story writing can be open-ended and spontaneous, instead of well-defined with an end goal in place. This helps encourage kids to use their critical thinking skills, and follow their own desires, to create something they can be proud of.
Provide tools and resources that promote creativity – Ensuring children have what they need to explore their creativity (art supplies, dress-up costumes, etc.) can encourage them to be creative on a daily basis.
One of my favorite tools, that has made a huge difference in the amount of time my children spend painting, drawing, and creating each day, is an easel.
We were recently sent the Little Partners Tri-Side Learn & Play Art Center for review, and we absolutely adore it.
With excellent customer service and top-notch products, Little Partners is a brand my family has loved for years.
The new Little Partners Tri-Side Learn & Play Art Center has been a wonderful addition to our homeschool, providing a special place for my younger kids to color, paint, draw, and learn through play.
This sturdy, three-sided easel made from real wood, includes a chalk board, magnetic dry erase board, and felt board. Each side is independently adjustable, making it a great option for classrooms, or anywhere else with multiple children.
With a triangular base shelf, as well as a tray under each board, the Little Partners Tri-Side Learn & Play Art Center boasts plenty of storage. The included non-spill paint cups and paper holder are wonderful for keeping all the necessary supplies close by, allowing for hours of creativity for little ones.
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This giveaway will run from 9/12/16 – 10/12/16. A randomly selected winner will be chosen and contacted via email on 10/13/16. Good luck!
I received complimentary products from Little Partners in order to facilitate this post. As always, all thoughts are my own.