Let’s get started. Today I’d like to introduce you to some small projects that you can use to introduce your child or student to creativity. Learning and creativity go hand in hand and should become lifelong endeavors.
The first thing you should do, as stated by “7 Ways to Foster Creativity in Your Kids” an article from Greater Good, The Science of a Meaningful Life, is to provide the resources your child needs for creative expression.
Let’s examine this. Your resources don’t need to be fancy or expensive, in fact, it is suggested that it be time more than things. Giving kids unencumbered time from rules and structure to just play. This is so important as it has almost become impossible to let urban kids play outdoors and be kids. Recently, I let my 1st graders become kings and queens by making hats and knighting them and that went into all sorts of play. It was fun watching their imaginations come to life. They began making swords, guarding their castles, making bow and arrows, shields and started chasing each other around the room (I had to stop that, however) but they enjoyed themselves with good old-fashioned play. The key is space and time and a few items that can start their imaginations running.
I always felt that toys from toys can limit real play because it’s forcing them to play using someone else’s ideas. Toys have their place and I’m not against them, but sometimes we rely on them too much. When kids are given their own simple items to play with, I believe it allows their imagination to run free.
This video will teach you how to create simple fun for kids. You will be surprised how creative your child can become when his or her imagination is allowed to create. We will visit the other 6 ways in subsequent blogs. Looking for ideas? Use the Amazon Link of Creative Selections below. Happy creating!!
And thank you as usual for being a great sport. And remember,
“Be always artistically and creatively focused and live beautifully for Christ”……smooches!!
Amazon Creative Selections
Sometimes parents believe it would take a lot of time or even become expensive to expose their child to art and culture. This is simply not the case. It is an easy process just to get started. As they grow, it might become a little more costly but even that is subjective, depending on what you want to expose them to.
One easy project you can do with your child is to keep art materials like crayons, colored pencils, markers, paints and drawing paper around the house. Let your child first explore what to do with them before offering any suggestions. Give them paper to write or draw on so they are not tempted to write on the walls. And if they do, make sure you have a specific wall covered with paper that they can freely write and draw on. The more they are exposed to these materials, the more likely they are to become innovative with them either by drawing or using them in unusual ways.
Don’t be afraid to let your children try something different. It stifles creativity when we try to manipulate the outcome. Children learn best by exploring. Give them the freedom to make mistakes, to do it differently than what you would do or what is already done.
As they grow older, you might allow them to take more formal classes helping them develop in that skill or talent. At some point, they will become better, especially if they are passionate about it. Formal education will help direct that process. But in the meantime, let them be free to explore. If you don’t want to invest lots of money….use free or relatively inexpensive resources such as the Dollar Store, Pinterest, and Google to gain ideas as well as the free or reduced cost resources in your community.
The library, museums (on free days), events in the community, local travels are all great resources. In fact, your tax dollars help pay for their use. Why not take advantage of them?
When I was growing up, the best thing my mom did for me was to allow me to explore my passions and send us to the library weekly. She also introduced me to artistic/cultural events like theater, music summer camp and dance. This allowed my creativity to flow and flourish while my interests turned into passions. She also bought me lots of educational toys, books, and music.
Exposing your child to history, culture, art, and beauty will help them see a world full of possibilities instead of hopelessness even if they never become “artists.” Their future is at stake and it’s in your to leave them a great legacy. Use the links below to help you get started on this exciting opportunity to help your child develop the creative genius he or she already is.
Art Education Ideas
Free Museum Days Calendar
Until next time, “Be Always Life Beautiful and Artistically Focused”.
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Teaching children to be creative is a love of mine but creating creative adventures for children is an even greater Love. In this blog, I’m hoping that the importance of creating an atmosphere of creativity for your child or any child comes across. As well, showing and guiding kids to creativity is even greater.
Just what is creativity? Is it the ability to do art? Well, that would weed out a large percentage of people not being creative and I don’t believe that to be true. Is it singing, dancing, acting? Well yes, each of these disciplines has an element of creativity to them but creativity is much more than one’s ability to disseminate the “Arts.” It is the quality of thinking….thinking in ways that are not always traditional… Seeing things in a unique way. Visit this link to see what teaching your child creativity can do? Creating a Creative Genius.
So now that you understand what creativity is, let’s explain what it is not. It’s not placing your child in front of Barney episodes all day long, it is not allowing them to be on the internet or cell phone non-stop—but it is reading to them, doing crafts and art with them, exposing them to new ideas and motivating them to learn.
“Exposure to creative pursuits early in life is key to helping children get motivated to do creative things themselves,” said Shelley Carson
, a psychologist at Harvard University and author of Your Creative Brain: Seven Steps to Maximize Imagination, Productivity, and Innovation in Your Life
“I will be including a series of personal videos on a creative project to do with your child and my e-book “10 Simple but Creative Activities to Do With Your Child,” as a free download. YouTube videos to watch as well as articles on the topic and toys that promote creativity instead of taking away from it.
Keep looking for my blog as I explore with you ideas to help you and your child to get more out of being creative and to show how important it is for this new century.
“Be always artistically focused and life beautiful”……smooches!!
My first post after transferring from Blogger.com. Well, like everyone else, I tend to jump on the bandwagon for the latest and greatest especially when I find out the benefits of the bandwagon.
WordPress is a better blogging format and I hope to grow with it so come on in and enjoy my new found format and voice.
I hope to bring you interesting things about my company and products that you can use……the aim is to offer quality service and products at decent prices…..
Renee Robinson, Owner
Simply Dezigned, “Simple Elegance for Children”
So my first post is to introduce you to me and what I do. I’ve thought a lot about children, having dealt with them most of my life, and what are some important growth and developmental things they need to flourish.
As a former teacher, this has always been on my mind but I’ve finally found a way to bring my love of kids together minus using the classroom, and design by creating an atmosphere of learning from where they live….their homes….their rooms.
My joy is to offer products and decorating services to children and their parents to help them design a space that enhances them educationally, inspirationally, culturally, historically and artistically. You can use me and my expertise through my products and blog to accomplish this, or I can come where you are and help create this environment.
“Always be creatively and artistically focused and live life beautifully for God”…..smooches
Simply Dezigned offers products and design services for children that teaches them culture, history, inspiration, art, and beauty all in one. A design company specializing in designing products for children’s rooms and lives, we are also available to teach children art, sewing and other design skills to help them create a room and space all their own. We also sell Amazon artistic supplies to help your child become more creative.
Come join us on this journey as we dress, uplift, educate, bring beauty and inspiration to children on their journey through life while bringing new life and interest to the space they call home.
Renee Robinson, Owner
“Simple Elegance for Children.”
Simply Dezigned’s Creativity Products