Top 10 Ways to Keep Kids Creative: School’s Out KBN Series
All of us have an innate desire to be creative. Children learn through play, discovery and exploration. They want to naturally extend learning activities, manipulate and create. But through time, discouragement, lack of opportunity and too much screen time, we lose our drive to be creative and lack the confidence and focus. How often do you think, or hear someone say, “Kids can’t think for themselves anymore.” Let’s provide amble opportunities for children to think, explore, extend and create. Here’s why and how:
- Ability to problem solve
- Better able to cope with challenges and difficult situations
- Higher self-esteem, confidence, self-fulfillment and happiness
- Fosters great creators: writers, artists, scientists, innovators, leaders, ie. the keys to a successful society
TOP 10 WAYS TO KEEP KIDS CREATIVE
“Creativity is manifested in so many ways – crafts are the functional manifestation and paintings are the visual. Stories are our creativity represented in words. Telling stories takes us out of our real life experiences to imagine something that could be. They allow children to think beyond the concrete. So we tell a lot of stories and start with good books.” Kim Rowe, Little Stories
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Children are learning important social, cognitive and emotional skills during Imaginary, Pretend or Fantasy Play. This open-ended play promotes social skills, develops language and cognitive skills, increases intellect, supports emotional development and builds self confidence, allowing for exploration of a child’s feelings as they gain a sense of control. Lev Vygotsky, a Russian psychologist, believed that dramatic play was the training ground where children learned to regulate themselves and to conquer their own unruly minds. When children follow the rules of make-believe and push one another to follow those rules, they develop important habits of self-control. In other words: Children can learn SELF-CONTROL and to THINK while participating in pretend play! It’s a win-win!
|The Imagination Tree|
- Mix and Match Monsters
- Puzzle Train Ticket Mix Up
- Easy No-Sew Pretend Mail and Mailbox
- Cat in the Hat Day
- Playdough Frozen Yogurt Shop
- Cooking Station
- Bug Buddies (Pouch Cap Finger Puppets)
- Postman Games for Kids
- DIY Wooly Monsters
- Vet’s Office
- It’s Playtime: Fairies
3. UPCYCLED OR CREATIVE TOYS
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- Build a Lego Car that Rolls the Farthest
- Dryer Sheet Box Engine Shed
- Recycled Train Platform: DIY Project for Wooden Train Layouts
- Upcycled Realtor Sign turned Magnet Board
- Creative Toys
- Nuturing Creativity
- Recycle! Upcycle! Kids’ Activities & Art on Pinterest
4. GAMES, PLAY AND ART TO PROMOTE CREATIVE THINKING
Young children are eager learners. But due to their limited language, they learn more from hands-on experiences rather than from verbal instruction. They learn by moving, touching, exploring, discovering — using their five senses and movement as they learn about their expanding world. The process of making an art product can be of great interest to a young child. Children enjoy touching different textures and exploring materials as well as putting together and taking apart objects to create something unique – or just for the joy of exploring and changing something.
Don’t you love to “hear” quietness? Then the mind can soar to anywhere the imagination will take it.
6. JUST UNPLUG!
Just do it! Unplug and communicate, play, and create with the most important people in your life – your little ones – whose imaginations are limitless and fascinating.
7. PLAY SPACE
“Direct exposure to nature is essential for healthy childhood development—physical, emotional, and spiritual. What’s more, nature is a potent therapy for depression, obesity, and ADD. Environment-based education dramatically improves standardized test scores and grade point averages and develops skills in problem solving, critical thinking, and decision making. Even creativity is stimulated by childhood experiences in nature.” Last Child in the Woods by Richard Louv.
|Mommy with Selective Memory|
Why do kids love science? It makes learning come alive! It’s all about discovery that makes science so appealing. It is important to focus activities for young children on things they can see, hear, touch, taste, smell and manipulate. Children are naturally curious and love to explore using their imagination to make substances change form, color, shape, scent and texture. With science and sensory activities, children learn by finding answers to their many questions including: Why, how, when, where and what happens?
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- Spooktacular Smorgasbord of Simple Science & Sensory Ideas
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- Shaving Cream Fun
- Little Wizards at Work: Mixing Potions
- Summer Play Recipes
- Gummy Bear Science Experiment
- Helicopter Seeds
- Learn through Movement: Science Balloon Experiments
- Exploding Art
- Science Activities for Kids – Steve Spangler on Pinterest
Not only are children having fun while learning music, but songs and simple musical instruments build a child’s memory, vocabulary, listening comprehension, resourcefulness, cooperation, patterning (reading and math) and creativity.
|The Importance of Music for Children|
|Image from Lasso the Moon|
Ask 3 Simple Questions:
- What would happen if?
- Is there a better way?
- What do you think?
This post was inspired by This Reading Mama and her School’s Out! Series. Just click on the link to find more Top 10 Series by 25+ Kid Bloggers.
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