I’ve posted originally back in 2016 but thought it might be helpful during the quarantine. 🙂 Hope it is! 🙂
Kids have such great imaginations! Have you ever listened to kids while they are playing and all the ideas they come up with? My oldest wants an ant farm so bad, but mommy doesn’t! So instead of continuing to make his pitch for the ant farm, he came up with his own homemade ant farm. YIKES! It involved two plastic Ziploc bags, straws, and a plastic container. Luckily, it didn’t work and a huge colony of ants wasn’t formed within the walls of our duplex!
While I don’t love the idea of having a 1000 ants in my house, I do love that my son tried to create something on his own with items available. It’s so important to me that my kids learn to use what’s available to them to find an answer to a problem or even just to entertain themselves.
For example, the other day, I find these…
Yep, those are drawings of toast. There’s monster toast, zombie toast, vampire, angry toast, and thankfully hero toast… Note to self: edit what’s available to watch on Netflix; what’s up with all the scary toasts!
It was funny watching them play with these scraps of paper and make up stories about the good toast verses the bad toast. The bad toast liking to eat toast and getting a stomach ache. Etc. I just sat and listened and it was much better than cable or Netflix! LOL
Here’s some the things to do to encourage creativity:
- Make sure age appropriate crayons/pens/pencils/markers and paper are easily accessible. My kids can spend hours at the table creating silly stuff, coloring, using stickers for decorating, and more. We have a designated area to do this – our dining table. We also have some ground rules set that the coloring goes on the paper – not the table, walls, ceiling, or each other. ha!
- Encourage your kids! Listen to them describe what they have made and tell them how impressed you are with them thinking up new ideas. Encouraging kids will build their self-esteem.
- Don’t criticize your kids. When the kids are making something silly like paper toasts, don’t criticize. There’s nothing wrong with guiding kids while they are building or creating, but make sure it is helpful to them not telling them they are coloring toast wrong or maybe try to cut out the toast in a different way(that’s ridiculous). Criticism can be a creativity killer. I don’t expect that this fun idea with toast drawings was anything more than fun. There is no need to tell them that toast doesn’t have arms, or fangs for that matter; they know that.
- Search online for ideas. Need to help get those creative juices flowing… Pinterest Baby! Or search google for ideas like “art projects for kids” or “STEM ideas” (Science Technology Engineering and Math). There is so many ideas that you can find online for just about any things to get some projects started in your home.
These ideas are just the start to get your kids to build up their creative muscles.
Remember how important encouraging your kids are. While posting this article, my daughter was excited about pictures of the toasts being on DownhillRun so she made some more drawings. This is a toast family, and yes, apparently, they are holding pats of butter! LOL
How to you help foster creativity in your home?
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