Each child has his or her own type of intellect. One child may show a talent for artistic creativity, whereas another may be more analytical. Whichever way your children’s gifts lie, it’s important to foster creativity at an early age, and this often involves finding activities that challenge them and make them explore beyond their comfort zones. Here are some tips for cultivating creative minds.
Creative coloring: The mandala coloring book app features over 100 intricate designs including people, places, flowers, animals, buildings, and mandalas accompanied by 25 color palettes to choose from. Designed to boost your creativity, you can use this app to create beautiful images with the touch of your finger, then share them with friends and family.
Reading: Every time a child reads or listens to a story, he or she enters a whole new world. Not only does reading involve many different literary skills it activates a kid’s imagination. Children love to make up new scenarios and when you’ve finished reading a book that you son or daughter has really enjoyed, you may want to think of ways you can develop activities related to it, such as character role play, drawing scenes from the book or making up your own story with the characters.
Get Crafty: A great way to get into craft projects with your kids is by recycling. Hold onto egg cartons, cereal boxes, milk bottles, straws, toilet roll inserts, and anything else that can be used for an art project. You can incorporate all these items into crafty endeavors such as, and under the seascape, a miniature puppet theatre, a model pirate ship, or a desert island scene.
Dressing up: Kids love to dress up and pretend to be someone else; it’s part of their natural creativity. Keep a chest full of dress-up closes for them to wear. You can gather items from your local thrift store. You could even use the materials to make outfits like a pirate, a doctor, a king or queen, a pioneer, and a super hero.
Encourage ideas: Encourage your kids to come up with their own ideas for creative projects and let them have free rein. At meal times you could brainstorm activities for the coming weekend. Focus on the act of planning rather than evaluating the ideas. Give your kids a chance to come up with things they want to do that they’ve never done before.
Kitchen crafts: As soon as they are able to kneel on a chair at the kitchen counter you should teach your kids how to cook. Baking is especially fun because they will love the feel of dough in their hands. Make cookies with silly icing faces, gingerbread men and cupcakes with sprinkles. It’s a fun activity and they’ll love eating and sharing the results of their project.
These are all fun ways to foster creativity in your kids. Make them part of your everyday life and your kids will be creative thinkers and happy little people.
Katherine Read works at a children’s nursery and has 2 kids of her own. She writes about raising kids right, her articles can be read on Mommy blogs mostly.