Expressing Childhood Creativity

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.

Encourage Art

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.

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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.

Encourage Sports

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.

Encourage Play

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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25 thoughts on “Expressing Childhood Creativity

  1. Why anyone would not encourage the arts, sports, and play is beyond me! We are so addicted to screens these days, that our children are missing out on the best that life has to offer!!!

  2. I totally agree with you about encouraging kids to use their imaginations and do creative things rather than just giving them a video or computer game, the kids I know actually seem to have a lot more fun doing creative things! Great post!

  3. im glad you posted this , but i dont get why this is still news to people. i do feel that screens can be helpful but kids needs to have options, so they can truly be making a choice

  4. These are great tips for helping kids get the most out of their childhood! Letting them play, jump in puddles and get a little messy is wonderful. Our kids love to draw and doodle and give us pictures that we hang on the refrigerator.

  5. We are always encouraging art to my daughter!!! Art is so fun and it really makes you use your imagination!

  6. Encouraging creativity is one of the most important things a parent can teach or allow their child. The imagination is a wonderful attribute which should be encouraged whenever possible.

  7. I love your ideas. Schools today are quickly not making time for our kids to be creative so we as parents have to be vigilant about making time and encouraging them to be creative. Now that she is older I am always trying to encourage my daughter to be as creative as she was when she was in grade school.

  8. Great post! My grandson just turned 2, and he got quite a few nice gifts. In the end…after the boxes and wrapping paper of course, his favorite things were a pad of paper and crayons.

  9. I love these! We have really tried to limit screen time in our house, but it’s so hard these days! I definitely want my daughter to be active and creative, so we have lots of exploration time in our house!

  10. We’ve been working on this with my grandson. He’s REALLY into sports but doesn’t make friends very easily. We’re trying to encourage him to be creative in how he approaches people and stay committed to doing what he loves the most. 🙂

  11. to play sports, to play anything and to do artwork are the best things to encourage your kids to become productive. This will also help them discover their skills. I wish my parents could have encouraged me to do arts as I do suck on that,

  12. This is great information for all parents to encourage creativeness. I always made sure my boys got to experience art, sports, and play. These things make them who they are for sure. Thanks for sharing.

  13. I agree with all of the above. They need some busy activities but they also need some quiet time where they can paint, draw, etc. Thank you so much for sharing

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