Playtime: Activities To Spark
Creativity In Your Kids
As parents, we want our kids to grow up and be productive members of society. It requires a lot of teaching and nurturing. Creativity is an important part of their learning -- it helps them with critical thinking, which helps people navigate their environments and excel in their jobs through generating possibilities and solving problems. Kids get crafty at school, but there are ways to boost their imaginations at home. Here are 5 activities to spark creativity in your kids.
Goo With Guidance
Your kids likely play with craft dough regularly. While it's fun for them to mold the dough into various shapes, try giving them a little guidance with what they make. Challenge them to make things with the dough based on a theme or ask them for ideas on what practical or household items they can make with it. It gets them thinking about how they're playing with the dough rather than squishing it all together.
Exposing kids to gardening usually comes in the form of indoor herb gardens, but you can ignite their creativity with a gardening project that has a story. Have them build a fairy or gnome garden with miniature homes they can craft and plant flowers or seedlings to grow up to look like trees in a tiny yard. They can use their brains to think up how the yard should be designed or what kind of outdoor garden decor a gnome might like. Let them try to come up with fantastic ways for the gnomes to live an enjoyable life.
Most of us have camera phones and digital cameras we use to document just about everything we do. Bring out the inner photographer in your child and let him take photos in the house, around the yard or in the neighborhood. Let him choose a theme so he knows what types of photos he should take -- think play, spring or family. When he's done taking photos, he can make collages with them. He can do this by printing out the photos or using a free app like Pic Stitch or Pic Collage to create collage you can share with your far away family and friends on Facebook or Instagram.
Reading books with your kids is a great starting point for storytelling. You can use the characters as a vehicle for your children to imagine new adventures. Have them come up with ideas for what the characters might do or where they might go next and then map out their ideas on a storyboard. If they're really motivated, you can have them write the book and illustrate it as a spring break or summer project to keep their brains working even when they're not in school.
Building Blocks Challenge
Building blocks help with motor and spatial skills, but they also help with creativity. With a little direction they can build their creative and critical thinking skills. Ask your kids what different kinds of things they can build with building blocks -- railroads, an igloo or a boat -- and then challenge them to build the objects.
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