Monday 14 November 2022

How to Boost Your Child's Creativity

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Creative is a word that can mean a lot of different things. You might be creative in making artistic designs or writing amazing stories, or perhaps you are great at making things. The great thing about creativity is that it isn't a one size fits all, creativity is such a broad spectrum that covers so many ideas of what "being creative" means and I love that there really are no right or wrongs. This also means, creativity is a great thing to introduce to your child from a young age. 

Introducing your child to the idea of creativity can help your child with their understanding of being curious and inquisitive. To help your child with their creativity, here are some activities that you could try out today.

Explore a range of different reading books

There are so many books out there set in wonderful and magical worlds that your child can easily get lost in. It’s a great way to help your child understand creativity in a different way that will help them with their awareness of fictional worlds. Reading whimsical and fantabulous books will help your child find the fun and enjoyment in picking up lots of different stories and how they unfold.

If they love books why not encourage them to test their own creativity by creating their own stories based off of objects they find at home or perhaps based on things, they see or find on a walk or day out? If they are too young to write, ask them to draw pictures whilst you read the story, you might be amazed at how they see the story from words to pictures. 

Take your child to an art museum

People often shy away from museums are galleries when they have children in tow, but they can actually be an amazing space to take children and inspire their creativity. Art in its own right is meant to be incredibly creative, but there are also ways that an art museum can help your child become more aware of different art forms and how it can be completely up to their imagination. There are lots of museums and galleries out there that are designed for families and younger audiences, some even have hands on or interactive features that are perfect to involve younger ones. 

The beauty about art is that it is entirely open to the person’s interpretation, which your child will really appreciate when they’re just exploring art for the first time.

Head out for a nice long walk

Heading outside for a while will naturally help anyone open up their mind, but long walks in the countryside can help your child unlock that creative potential. Let their mind wander and see what they come up with in their own thoughts. One of our favourite activities to do with the kids is let them each pick up a bag full of interesting things they find out our walks, leaves, twigs, fallen flowers and even stones etc. Then when we get home, they use their findings, glue and some pens to create beautiful pictures from the items, I love seeing what they come up with! 

Talk to your child openly on these walks and see how they respond. It’s a great way to blow away the cobwebs while also showing your child how they can be a lot more curious and inquisitive.

Arts and crafts

Arts and crafts are always a big favourite of kids and are the perfect first steppingstone in letting them explore their own creativity. One thing to be mindful of is that there is likely to be mess and in order for your child to explore their creativity you kind of need to let them make a little mess. If you're really concerned, you could do the activities outside or purchase a large wipe clean cloth that you could use on a table or floor.

Arts and crafts are something that is also often used in nurseries to help children become aware of their skills, arts and crafts are a great way to unlock that awareness of being creative. In this nursery in Chelmsford for instance, your child will have the opportunity to incorporate their play time with arts and crafts time.

There will be plenty of time for your child to understand how the arts can be used to make lots of wonderful creations. And the beauty of doing these activities at a young age is that there is no pressure to make something specific or engaging - it’s just about doing. Take a look at the heaps of different arts and crafts activities your child could pick up from home and see which they take a liking to.

What are your favourite creative activities to do with your children? 


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