5 easy ways to boost your child’s creativity

Stepping into the parenthood arena provides a zillion learning opportunities because well…everyday is a new set of never-before-seen-challenges.

Justin and I frequently face the challenge of how to foster creativity within the confines of the current education system.

Let me start by saying, overall we have loved the public education system.  Ethan thrives in many ways because of his educational surroundings.

(Do you hear the but coming…)

However, one area I am concerned with is instilling a love for creativity in a “color-inside-the-lines” educational mentality.

Everything is tested, charted, graphed, and documented.

Children come into the world with a thirst for knowledge.  The million “why” questions toddlers asks reflects this thirst.  They posses a fresh perspective, that honestly I envy.

Instead of bashing the system, we chose to nurture our kid’s natural bent towards creativity.  On Mother’s day (a.k.a. my favorite day of the year), we set out on an adventure to the Dallas Museum of Art and Kyle Warren Park.

 

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Here is Ethan and Averie listening to different types of instruments.

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Averie taking in a drawing lesson (loving the addition of her one yellow Belle glove).

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Ethan and I, modeling our crafts provided by the DMA.  Simple objects like cardboard and paper transformed into scepters and spy gear.

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Don’t worry…I have no idea what I’m doing.  But we are learning together…and I look like I know what I’m doing. 😀

You don’t have to be Picasso or Beethoven, just follow these simple steps to boost your child’s natural creativity and you’ll likely encounter a boost of your own.

  1.  Take your kids to new places – doesn’t have to be fancy or expensive: a new park, a local monument, if you are local, I love this site, http://www.aroundtownkids.com/
  2. Take ordinary objects and make something new
  3.  Ask questions – For example, what do you like about this? What does this remind you of? Don’t be surprised by their explosive imagination
  4. Find a problem and ask your kids to come up with a solution – the answers they come up with just may surprise you, at the very least they will entertain you
  5. Make memories – take pictures, get souvenirs, if they are older have them write in a journal.  This provides them with something to go back to and discuss later.

“Creative thinking is not a talent, it is a skill that can be learnt. It empowers people by adding strength to their natural abilities which improves teamwork, productivity and where appropriate profits.” Edward de Bono

As parents we are given opportunities every day to foster and nurture our children’s creativity. We need these daily opportunities because many will pass us by out of our own exhaustion and fatigue.  Give yourself grace.  Parenting is an ultra-marathon not a sprint.

Here’s a scripture to consider, “Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it.” (Proverbs 22:6).

Blessings to you,

Melissa

 

 

 

 

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