Have y’all ever watched a little kid build something or listened to their stories? Their imaginations are truly amazing, but some kids need a little encouragement when it comes to being creative. You might not be an artist—I know I’m not—but there are some ways you can help your little one become the next Picasso or Van Gogh or whatever you’re into. If you need some tips for encouraging creativity in your child, then I’ve got y’all covered. Read on to learn more!
Get them toys that stretch their creativity
If you have little ones who love building (and destroying), then consider getting a variety of building blocks. And don’t forget Legos! Even if they leave them around the house for you to step on. Of course, if your kids are really little, then stick to the cardboard building blocks for a while. Blocks are available in cardboard, wood, and lightweight plastic, perfect for whatever stage your future architect is at.
Spend time doing art projects with them
I always suggest getting art supplies because they’re affordable, they last, and nearly every kid loves crafts. So why don’t y’all grab some supplies and have an arts-and-crafts day with your kids? Buy a coloring book or print out some templates so your little one can color in (or outside) the lines. You might end up with a blue Pooh Bear, but hey, that might be an indicator that you have a future artist on your hands. On second thought, art school is really expensive, so tread carefully, y’all.
Encourage them to use their imagination
I know the coronavirus made it difficult for kids to have playdates and learn from each other, but all hope isn’t lost, folks. You can build your child’s imagination through small world play, which offers a lot of benefits to your kid’s development while strengthening their creative muscles. I tell you, there’s nothing like raising creative kids because it builds problem-solving skills, and once they’re teenagers, they always have really creative answers for all your questions.
Encouraging creativity in your child is crucial, and it’s so rewarding to see them grow and try new things. Every parent has the same goal—we just want our kids happy, and sometimes that means we need to push them out of their comfort zones.