20 Ways To Raise a Creative Child

20 ways to raise a creative child
I came across this article in babble.com almost a year ago. I thought I’d share it with you.

  1. Include them in your creative hobby.
  2. Its not too early.

Babies love color and music and art and making messes, so don’t think for a second that your baby is too little not only to take part in the creative world, but to outwardly express their creative heart. Protect your floors with newspaper or a paint cloth, give your baby a brush and some non-toxic art supplies, and set them free!

  1. Make art accessible

The saying “out of sight, out of mind” is true for art supplies. Don’t hide all the art goods in drawers and closets. Keep a stash of paper, washable crayons, sidewalk chalk, etc. in a place where your child has access and feels welcome at all times to create beautiful masterpieces.

  1. Have a dress-up drawer

Clothes are an excellent way for children to express themselves. Encourage your children to embrace the imaginative art of dress-up by designating a basket or drawer for dress-up clothes—your old prom dresses, capes, hats, colorful scarves and costumes. I love seeing the crazy ensembles my kids create from our dress-up basket.

  1. Make up stories

Sometimes as parents, we can be so caught up with teaching our kids to read that we focus only on the words in books and lose the opportunity to let our kids make up stories. Next time you open a children’s book, let your child use the pictures to tell their own story. Or, start your own story and let your child finish it.

  1. Follow their imaginative lead, as silly as it may be.

Try not to squelch your child’s outlandish ideas. When my daughter insisted we take her stuffed pig for a walk, leash and all, I realized the opportunity to let her imagination soar was more valuable than the inexpensive stuffed animal. If we teach our children that there are rules to creativity, sadly they will abide by them.

  1. Experience the stage

Expose your little one to live art and make a Mommy-and-me date for the theater, symphony or ballet. Even if you only stay until intermission, your child will love the thrill of getting dressed up and understand that live art is something to be appreciated. My daughter loved our first date to the Nutcracker.

  1. Create a performance stage

Once your children have seen a stage performance, they’ll be excited to have the opportunity to own the stage. Our girls were thrilled one night when we hung a sheet for a backdrop, played music, turned off all the lights, aimed a floodlight on the makeshift stage and clapped for their dance performance.

  1. Find a community class

Many communities have art studios, theaters or music centers that welcome children or host classes for kids. Our community has an incredible facility that welcomes children of all ages—even babies—and promotes drama, art, music and story-telling all in one class. If you can’t find one, think about gathering some moms and creating your own.

  1. Let the kitchen get messy

Clean freaks, close your eyes. True creativity means letting go of rules and accepting that sometimes kitchen art is messy. Cover your table in butcher paper next time you’re baking, and let your child help out whether it’s stirring random ingredients or decorating cookies sans Mom’s help.

  1. Play music

Creativity embodies more than just visual arts. Foster the love of performing arts by making music a big part of your home. Expose your children to different kinds of music—not just your favorite genre, and let them hear you talk about how music inspires you and can affect your feelings.

  1. Make music

You know what’s better than playing music? Making music. Encourage your child to sing, compose and experiment with rhythm by including music-making toys in your playroom. There are many kids’ instruments such as xylophones, tambourines and drums available in toy aisles. Or, try making your own with pots and pans or tin cans.

  1. Expand the art box

Expand your art box beyond crayons, markers and paints. Sometimes junk drawer items make the best collages. Start collecting buttons, yarn, material scraps, sequins or broken jewelry and let your child have free reign in how to create art with it.

  1. Puppet theater

Bring out the inner thespian in your little one by encouraging creative play with puppets. What might begin as simple conversations between you and your child’s puppet can later turn into full plays with familiar story lines such as The Three Bears. Change your voice, get in character, have fun! Even babies love puppet play.

  1. Buy handmade

Teach your children the value of handcrafted art by finding opportunities to buy handmade treasures. Weekend flea markets are a great place to take kids, and they’ll love the colors and art found there. Talk to your children about why these things are special—someone spent time to make them, and it feels good supporting others’ creative endeavors.

  1. Make the dinner table your canvas

Think beyond “crayons, paint, paper” for artistic expression, and bring art to everyday activities such as setting the table. Let your little one help you make the dinner table more welcoming by teaching them how to fold napkins in pretty shapes, creating colorful place tags for guests or making a centerpiece for the table.

  1. Enlist help with projects

Attempting a home project or redesigning a room? Even if the job calls for grown-up help, your child will feel proud to be involved. Let them paint a few brush strokes or help you hold the drill. Your child will love sharing the delight of creating and designing a happy home.

  1. Kids art as gifts

Your child’s personal art can serve as frugal gifts for friends and family. In doing so, not only are you making the recipient happy (handmade gifts are the most cherished!), but you are teaching your child the satisfaction that comes from transforming creative expression into gifts for others.

  1. Necessity is the mother of invention

If you give your child every tool she needs and every toy she desires, or if you jump to constantly entertain her, she’ll never need to be creative. Sometimes a little boredom is good for kids. It spurs ideas. One night when I forgot to bring the sand toys to the beach, a shoe became a shovel. Creativity arises in times of need.

  1. Point out beauty and color.

You have to appreciate creativity in order to raise a creative child, and the world is full of inspiration. Point out beautiful colors to your child. Gasp over gorgeous light. Let them see you be moved by a good photo or inspired by a powerful song. Live a creative life, and raising a creative child will naturally follow.

(Article Source: Babble.com)

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