September 11, 2020
In a world that is filled with devices and such to prevent boredom and children spending more and more time inside looking at a screen rather than outside playing, children have started to lose time for creativity. The imagination is such a wonderful thing when it is used, and as parents, it is our job to push our children to expand their imagination. With that, here are a few easy ways to culture creativity.
Now, I realize giving a young child paint is not always the most appealing idea, but this can either be done outside where you don’t have to worry much about the mess or get paint that is easily cleanable. Having a blank paper sheet forces them to paint whatever comes to mind and it can help them express themselves through art. You can even grab a sheet for yourself and paint with your child!
Another great way to use art for your children to show their creativity is sidewalk chalk. It gets them outside which opens doors to so much creativity. Like painting, they can use the chalk to portray what they are feeling, thinking, or dreaming about. Not to mention, it easily comes off with water and that’s good news for us!
A nature walk is exactly what it sounds like: taking a walk in nature or the great outdoors. Strolling through your neighborhood or even just sitting in your lawn serves as a way to strengthen your child’s listening skills and offers growth in creativity as they try to decide which animal, vehicle, etc. made the noise they heard.
I know it can be easier to just hand over the social device to your child simply because we, as parents, need some quiet time, but are we doing that so much that it limits our child’s creativity? I am not saying we cannot ever do it, but it is important to keep a good balance so they can develop their imagination.
Source: learningchildblog.com, LaDonna Werth, Nebraska Extension Educator, The Learning Child