A big “Thanks” to MaryAnne of the blog Mama Grins, for today’s blog post on motivating creative thinking.

We spend a lot of time taken part in imaginative activities in our residence! As the mommy of a six-year-old, a four-year-old, as well as a two-year-old (with a baby due this summer season), I attempt to supply my children with a creativity-friendly room to make sure that they can discover through hands-on exploration, collaborate on jobs, and also method innovative analytical.

Right here are some of the important things I do to establish a creativity-friendly residence:

  • Schedule downtime into my youngsters’s days. They require this room to desire, think, and also develop.
  • Buy craft products that need minimal guidance– to make sure that they can be imaginative while I obtain points done!
  • Spend time crafting with my youngsters. Besides providing a wonderful bonding experience, this lets my children understand that I value imagination– my very own, in addition to theirs.
  • Put in the time to unwind and delight in viewing them produce. It’s a window right into their world, and also– again– allows them know that this is something you value.
  • Concentrate on process over item. Previously this year, my youngsters invested a number of days trying to record the tooth fairy— an impossible task, certainly! It was a lot enjoyable to enjoy them problem solve as well as collaborate on this project, as well as they really did not appear remotely upset when the tooth fairy never did appear!

Imagination doesn’t need to be messy or costly. In the photo at the top of this article, my six-year-old little girl Emma is repurposing some garments my sibling brought over that were as well worn-out or damaged to be donated. Armed exclusively with these clothing, a set of child safety scissors, as well as some scotch tape, my six-year-old has produced attire for herself and (with the enhancement of pipeline cleaners) her Barbie doll. We explore messier activities using washable craft supplies (Crayola makes some excellent washable markers and paint!), and also the messiest activities we save for summer, when we can make points outdoors! I locate that crafting has a lot of advantages for kids— a few of them surprising!

We do a great deal of attracting and also crafting, merely since that’s what I most delight in doing! Music, reading, as well as writing are all equally valuable quests, and also topics like maths and science can come to be extremely creative, if come close to from an exploratory perspective!

What do you do to urge childhood creative thinking?

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