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Tips to encourage creativity in children at home

Creativity comes in many forms, from drawing and painting, to writing and reading, to dance, to art, various jobs and crafts. We often struggle with the opinion and misconceptions that creativity is something that a person is automatically born with. However, creativity is only partially innate, much more important for life is creativity learned and gained from experience.


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Looking for ways to encourage creativity in your children? Get inspired by the following tips and activities to help children develop their creative abilities and reach their full potential.


Why is creativity important in children?

In addition to creativity being one of the key skills of the 21st century, being creative is beneficial for one's sense of well-being and overall mental health. The benefits of creativity for children are endless. Creativity improves your child's self-esteem, motivation and motor skills , ability to solve problems and deal with difficult feelings, their outlook on the world, and increases the chances of future success.

Children often learn and develop best through play. While playing with children's toys, they manipulate materials, express themselves verbally and non-verbally, interact and try out different roles. Through play, they develop self-confidence, communication, natural curiosity and the desire to discover the world around them. Thanks to imaginative and creative play, children learn ingenuity, think creatively and develop their imagination.

Creativity and creativity are skills that can be encouraged and developed, giving your child a creative space for self-reflection and an opportunity to express themselves.


10 tips to encourage creativity in a child

Create a creative corner at home

In order for a child to be creative, he needs space, tools and materials. Find a place at home where the kids can make a mess. It doesn't have to be the whole room. A corner or a table will work just as well. Create a creative corner for the child , where he can realize himself without having to constantly think about the mess. Put things there that he can use for imaginative play, such as old clothes, iron-ons , building blocks, crayons and other art supplies, paper, cardboard, boxes, fabric scraps.


Familiarize him with all the possibilities

You never know what your child will reach for. Encourage him to try different activities such as singing, dancing, drawing, theater and others. The child thus chooses what he enjoys and in which area he will develop creatively.


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Limit screen time

Spending a lot of time on the computer, playing video games or in front of the TV screen can limit a child's creativity. Instead of spending time exploring new possibilities and developing his skills, he is consumed by what is in front of him on the screen. Encourage your child to play, think and create instead of staring at a screen.


Spend time outside

The benefits of nature are unlimited for a child's development. Nature is constantly changing, providing many opportunities for discovery, creativity and problem solving. Nature and the world around inspires the child to think, question, make assumptions and develop a creative mind. Children can play and build sandcastles, build a house for gnomes from branches, cook from mud, or simply lie on the ground and watch the sky.


Let the child be bored

There are many ways to keep kids busy these days – chores, screen time and video games, free time activities and clubs. While it's a great time-filler, it doesn't force your child to come up with new ways to entertain themselves, which prevents creative thinking from developing.

Therefore, give the child time to be bored. This way, she learns to control her program and to be self-sufficient. Boredom is important for the development of motivation, organization of time and awareness of one's interests and needs. Boredom also leads the child to original ideas and activities.


Don't force your child to do something they don't want to do

Embrace what your child is interested in instead of pushing them to do something they don't want to do. For example, if your child likes to color, encourage him to try similar activities, such as drawing or painting. If your child is not interested in music, forcing them would probably only stress them out, dampen their interest in the activity, and the overall effect will be counterproductive.


Develop your child's problem solving skills

Show him that there is more than one way to use an item or solve a problem. For example, a pencil is not just for drawing and writing. You can turn a pencil into a wand or a pole and build a mini-fortress out of it. Even an old T-shirt doesn't have to end up in the trash immediately. T-shirt printing is another creative activity that kids are likely to love. In these ways, the child learns to consider different alternatives and look at everyday problems from a different perspective.


Be creative too

Children learn by observing and imitating, and you are the role model for your child. If you want to show him that you value creativity and creativity, be inspirational to the child in what you do. Start a new creative activity at home, do new things, start renovation work, get to know new places and people, surround yourself with creative things and do creative activities together with your child. Don't forget to share your feelings and talk a lot about creativity.


Support artistic activities

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Art is an expression that develops the imagination. Through painting, sculpture, collage, clay, drawing, a person can express his emotions and ideas. Manipulating art materials provides a sense of freedom while promoting focus and concentration. Artistic activities also develop fine motor skills and eye-hand coordination. In addition, art activities build self-confidence as children gain a sense of achievement and lead them to create more.


Ask and let the child ask questions

Asking questions is an effective way to encourage a child to express their ideas and thoughts, think about the world and share their opinions. The child may surprise you with their imaginative answers, which again develops their imagination.


Let the child explore the real world

Contact with reality is extremely important for every person, and children are no exception. Teach him to perceive the world around him, look for different information and talk together about problems and possible solutions. Don't avoid any questions, not even those from the world of economics, the environment, relationships or sexuality. Rather, take your time, devote yourself to various problem situations from everyday life and try to come up with several solution scenarios. And that is a great way to develop creativity.


Appreciate the effort and don't judge

Some creations can be beautiful and show effort, others simple and unfinished. If the child asks you for your opinion, notice the uniqueness of his work, persistence and consistency. However, do not criticize the child and do not look for perfection. Instead, appreciate his effort to turn an idea into reality. Note his progress and ability to see the project through. Let the child know that you believe in his abilities. Such an approach has a positive effect on the child's self-esteem.


Games and activities for the development of creativity and creativity at home


  • Reading and telling stories together

  • Home projects ( painting walls , remodeling and furnishing a room, renovation work)

  • Verbal activities - from nursery rhymes, to puzzles, to inventing lyrics to common melodies

  • Interactive toys

  • Modeling

  • Origami puzzle

  • Making costumes or masks

  • Experiments (science experiments, color mixing,...)

  • Play in the yard and garden (digging in the dirt, playing in the mud, helping with garden work, planting, harvesting fruit, etc.)

  • Cooking and creating cookies from the dough

  • Making a doll house from a cardboard box


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Take advantage of the versatility of paper for a variety of projects

Paper is probably the most popular crafting material and has endless possibilities. The child can handle it in various ways, crumpling, folding, rolling, tearing, cutting or cutting it. Connect with tape, glue, paper clips, rubber bands, strings, pins. In addition, there are several types of paper: plain, colored, newspaper, wallpaper, tissue or crepe paper. You can draw, paint or print various pictures and coloring books on it. A child can make all kinds of things out of paper and use it in different ways.

Creativity cannot be taught, but it can be developed, already in early childhood. If a child has a talent for something, it doesn't mean that he doesn't have to keep working on himself. Exactly opposite. Therefore, support creativity as early as possible, ideally in the first six years of life, when the personality develops the most.


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