Fostering Creativity

Posted 12-26-2011 at 10:21 AM by whitneywalters

Is there really a freer way to express yourself then through the creative process? The experiences we have during our childhood have been known to affect the development of the creative process. This is the reason that I want to foster creativity in my children.

Really all a child needs to be creative is the freedom to do so. Creativity helps kids deal with their feelings, I know when my kids are having a really bad day or just in a bad mood I will often ask them to draw out what they are feeling. This has helped deal with my four year old daughter’s temper tantrums when she thinks people are not listening to her or doing things the way she wants.

Children need plenty of time for creative play.  We are a homeschooling family, while at this point in time we are not really doing anything structured because our kids are still very young, we do still try to make sure that at least part of every day we take time for drawing, making a craft or creativity on some level.

Creativity goes beyond just drawing and painting though. There are so many things you can do with your kids. There is photography, cooking, baking, music, working with wires, clay, beads and so much more. Imaginative play is another great way to be creative. My kids love putting on puppet shows or dressing up in costumes from their dress up box. We bought our son a kids camera and he loves going out and taking pictures of everything and anything. A project we are currently working on is a book of animals from pictures we took at the zoo over the summer.

 

There are so many things you can do with your kids, make sure to take the time to just get creative.

For more information and ideas check out these sites-
7 ways to foster creativity in kids
sixtysecondparenting
Children’s creativity

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