You remember being a kid, right? Playing pretend and dress up. Playing with toys and making up lives for your dolls, coloring outside the lines in your coloring books, etc. Imagine what childhood would have been like without that. So many things that we do as children are things that help foster our creativity, and without creativity there wouldn’t be computers, smartphones or even hybrid cars. It is because of creativity that new things are always being invented and created.
Here are some ways that you can help the children in your life express their individuality and be more creative. Some of these things are nearly free to do and some of them may be an investment, but they all work to help grow a child with a creative mind that will someday make something great, even if it’s just a creation in the kitchen.
The term art encompasses many things. Let children paint, draw and color. Whether you just hand them a blank sheet of paper and some paints or you give them a coloring book, you are inspiring them to create, design and make something. You might now be able to tell what they made until they tell you, but it isn’t about how good they are at drawing a giraffe, it’s about the fact that they tried and they created something artistic.
Encourage your children to learn something new. If they like to play an instrument or want to learn pottery, get them in a class. If your child likes to sing, maybe you’ll want to search for local vocal lessons. You may be surprised at how much fun a kid can have when learning something they enjoy.
Not only are you encouraging healthful physical activity when you let your children play sports, but you are also teaching them how to work well with a team. Some people see sports as a negative, but they can be a very positive thing for children and a great way for them to make friends and learn how to follow directions. Some schools now have pay to play programs, but it can be worth it with the knowledge and fun your child gains while being on a team and doing something they have fun doing.
Your child doesn’t even have to be on a team to enjoy the fitness that comes with sports play. Let them jog, ride a bike or just free throw some hoops in the driveway.
Play in general should be encouraged and helps foster the creativity of children. Don’t discourage your child to make-believe and create imaginary worlds. If it weren’t for imagination there would be no movies, television shows or fictional books!
All of these things are more than just fun for children and they are definitely not a waste of time. Learning to be creative and have fun allows children to learn thinking skills, including problem solving skills. Influencing their creativity leads to innovative thinkers that may turn out to be famous authors, artists and even inventors.
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