Home Life Parenting
How to Raise Creative Kids
did he come up with that?
amaze us with their imaginative ideas, and we should give ourselves
a pat on the back for playing a role in this development. Innovative
thinking is essential for success in school and in life, and it's
our job as parents to nurture our kids' innate desire to be creative.
play fosters original thinking, an asset when children are confronted
with new situations. By providing activities that use their creativity
and imaginations, we are giving our children an important tool
to deal with life down the road.
up with things to do on their own, but we also need to provide
them with new ideas of interesting activities. Think back to what
you did as a kid. Did you write a diary, create elaborate puppet
shows, or sing and dance for relatives? Share ideas from your
own childhood experiences. Offer creative writing ideas like writing
an episode for a favorite
kids television show or writing a new ending to a favorite
offer another outlet for inspiring imaginations. Craft kits, especially
those from Curiosity Kits and ALEX, offer a wide variety of unusual
and fun projects. They've brought us a long way from the sock
puppets of our youth. These manufacturers offer ideas and supplies
to make such things as scrapbooks, powerballs, soaps, candy, sun
catchers, dolls, planes, dinosaurs, jewelry treasures, and lots
of decorative items. Kids can gather ideas from the instructions,
and then give the projects their own unique touches.
Pick up any
parenting magazine and you’ll find lots of ideas to get
those creative juices flowing in your kids. Search the web and
check out craft stores. Keep a journal or file for magazine clippings
and ideas as you find them. Stockpile so that you’ll know
how to answer the whiny "I'm
bored" call from your kids.
given your kids some suggestions and supplies, step back and see
which they choose and where they go with them. This unstructured
play time gives kids an opportunity to stretch their creative
muscles. Watch as they incorporate your ideas and branch out on
if you are a creative person, your child will be too. You display
creativity in your everyday activities like when you reason with
a disgruntled child, change lyrics to songs, and maybe even do
some interpretive dancing to entertain a toddler. Your children
see your silliness and it rubs off on them. You surely use creativity
to juggle your and your family’s schedules. It’s a
great idea to point out to your kids how you use creativity in
your daily life.
we always try to do the very best for our kids and provide opportunities
that will help them mature into intelligent, capable adults. Nurturing
their creative spirits helps them along this road. With their
well-developed imaginations, maybe they’ll turn it into
a yellow brick, pink polka-dotted road with sparkles!
is the mother of two children and the owner of http://www.childcrafter.com.
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