Creativity is a boredom buster. The ability to create something out of a piece of paper and a few colored pencils lead to being innovative, analytical, happier, and a problem -solver later in life. Parents should nurture their child’s creativity from an early age because it will lead to developing many useful skills later in life. The following activities kids can do on their own or with their parents whenever they need to express their creativity
Make paper animal masks together
This is a perfect afternoon activity which will boost your child’s creativity and be a chance to practice some arts and crafts. You can print the outline of a face mask or find a picture online that your kid can copy. Kids can think out of the box and decorate the mask with different textures, add glitter, feathers, and other items they think of. This will be a chance for them to try different things, express their creativity, and make something they can play with later on.
Encourage them to create a play for the family
If your kids are into reading, fairy tales, and storytelling, encourage them to put on a play for you. This will surely keep them busy for a few hours or even days. But, the end result will make both of you proud. While your kids are writing down their stories and exploring the possibilities of their creativity, you can also dive into your creativity. You can set up or make a cardboard puppet theatre for your kid. By supporting your kid’s creativity, you’ll also help them be more creative.
Have a face painting party
Kids usually go through this activity at birthday parties and can’t wait to go to another birthday party because of this. But, face painting is not reserved for birthdays only. You can have a face painting party at your house too. Don’t let your kids know about this until a professional artist arrives. Let it be a surprise. Artists available at Creative Faces will turn your kid’s ideas into a reality. Surprise your kids even further by asking the artist to paint your face as well. Ask your kids to think of a design and guide the artists through it. They can choose everything – from colors, the amount of glitter, or shapes. They’ll get a chance to express their ideas in a creative way.
Perfect your clay sculpting skills
Another one of activities perfect for the entire family and ideal for preteen creative spirits. Sculpting objects out of clay is a bit time demanding since it can take a few hours. But, it’s nonetheless fun and you will get to keep your sculpture. Creating pottery might be the best choice for the entire family because you can sculpt something you will use later on. Pick a project together as a family, follow the same instructions, and see which one of you is the best regarding the sculpting technique. Mind you, don’t let it turn into a competition because this is about expressing creativity.
You can make a decorative plate, a clay leaf bowl, tiny clay pots, and small decorative clay plates. Once you pick your project, prepare the work area, and start sculpting, think about how you will decorate it. The end result will be a sum of your kid’s creativity, imagination, and innovative ideas.
Origami takes some skill and that’s why it’s ideal for fine-tuning motor skills, concentration, and hand-eye coordination. It will also teach your kids how to be patient and even contribute to their problem-solving skills. The art of paper folding and creating different forms is great for fostering activity as it develops imagination, sense of color, and spatial awareness. Parents benefit from teaching their kids about the sense of accomplishment because a lot of practice, hard work yields results everyone should be proud of.
Explore the world around you
Taking the time to explore the world around you can also foster creativity. A new environment can be stimulating and inspiring. They both help you bond and engage in hands-on activities. Since traveling is not advisable at the moment, take advantage of virtual tours. These can be as inspiring as the real thing. Once you finish viewing a virtual tour of a museum, you can ask your child to draw or paint something they liked the most. Traveling, exploring, taking field trips will promote creative thinking and stimulate their minds.
Lastly, make sure your kids have enough space in their daily schedules to express creativity. Every kid expresses it differently, some draw while others read. Either way, allow them the space to create and tools to express their creative spirit.