Children naturally have wild imaginations. We know that when they give us random, crazy scenarios to ordinary situations!
Imagination is a critical part of cognitive and social development, helping kids solve problems and improving creativity. As a parent, you must do what you can to build and nurture their imaginations and creative ideas! Let’s explore the five ways to celebrate your child’s creativity.
Hang Up Their Art
When your child hands you something they made in class or a handmade gift for a holiday, hang it up on the fridge for all to see!
You may consider putting an “art wall” in your home to celebrate everyone’s creativity—this can include song lyrics, poems, paintings, sketches, and more! This is a great way to help them feel proud and encourage more creative projects in the future.
Provide Them With Resources
One of the most important things your child needs when building their creative skills is the resources to do their artwork.
For example, if they like writing, be sure you have lots of paper and pencils on hand. This could also include musical instruments, arts and crafts, building blocks, classes/lessons, and more. Your child needs a foundation of tools that enable them to work efficiently.
Give Them Creative Freedom
If you get the privilege to watch your child work on their creative hobby, try not to offer them suggestions or ideas on what to do—unless they specifically ask you for help. It’s important to allow them to explore their millions of creative ideas on their own.
If you point out errors or try to perfect their artwork, they may begin to feel stressed, see the activity as a chore, and limit their creativity. Creative freedom is crucial to their creative development!
Let Them Be Bored
“Mom, I’m bored!” We’ve all heard this statement too many times to count! But friends, it’s important not to immediately give them something to do.
When your child is bored, let them be bored and figure out what to do. This is where the magic happens!
Of course, you could suggest to them to work on their hobbies or learn a new one. Give them ideas on things they can do that don’t involve technology—unless they’re using it for creative and productive purposes.
Ask Them To Help With Projects
This part is about instilling confidence in them—when you ask them to help you complete artistic projects, you’re showing them you trust them to do a good job.
If you’re trying to decide how to design a bedroom your kids will love, you may consider asking them to help you decorate the room.
Even better, you can ask them to help you paint a mural of their favorite characters; it’s a great bonding activity for both of you and can help them learn new skills. Remember, it doesn’t have to be perfect, as long as you have fun!
Even though you may have to redo a few things here and there, your confidence in them will help them feel more secure in their creative abilities.
By taking these five ways to celebrate your child’s creativity and applying them to your child’s daily activities, you may raise the next Mozart!