Creativity fosters brain development, sparks the imagination and enhances self-confidence. From a young age, we are taught to tap into our creativity to expand our minds and our interests. As we age, we utilize our creative juices to come up with out-of-the-box solutions to our everyday problems. Without creativity and ingenuity, our world would not exist as it does today. We would not have electricity, running water, cars and all of the modern conveniences we have grown accustomed to in our rapidly-advancing technological world.
Through creative thinking, we can manifest new ideas, possibilities, and projects and also uncover our hidden talents and desires. Fostering creativity out in the real world starts with encouraging imagination in the home; this is especially important if you have young children. According to EarlyArts.com, the most critical years to develop creative skills in children are the first three years of their life. Here are some ways you can foster an atmosphere of creativity in your home:
If you have children who are particularly shy or quiet, creativity gives them an outlet to express themselves in a safe environment. While they may not be comfortable speaking loudly or talking a lot, they may love to express themselves by painting colorful paintings, taking breathtaking pictures with their camera or practicing their music on the violin or piano. When shy children begin to excel in creative ventures, it gives overwhelming bursts of confidence. With continued encouragement and the freedom to explore, this burst in confidence and creativity can help to improve a child’s communication, interpersonal and social skills. And according to PerpetualFostering.com, creative hobbies can help develop critical thinking, cognitive skills, and imagination.
Doing art projects together as a family is a wonderful experience. Whether you enjoy making handmade wreaths, painting rocks, woodburning or painting, find ways to involve the whole family in the creative process. Use unconventional materials like bailing wire and see what sculptures your children come up with. If you can incorporate nature into your creative ventures, it is a double win. Take the family out for a photography camping weekend. You can each bring a camera and snap pictures of the trees, insects, sunrises, and beautiful moments. Not only is it peaceful and adventurous to camp out in the woods with family, but it is also exciting to see the world through the eyes of someone else’s camera lens. You can gain a lot of perspective into how your child’s brain works and what sparks their excitement by taking a peek at the pictures they choose to capture. Creating time around DIY activities can be great for other aspects of family life as well. They can be used to create things around the home, or even be given as gifts during the holiday time, which means that there will be less to spend during that stressful period.
Painting parties have risen in popularity in recent years. For a minimal out-of-pocket cost, you can host your very own paint night right in your kitchen. Purchase a few small canvases and tabletop easels, some paint and some paint brushes and let your little Van Gogh artists create their works of art. According to DIYNetwork.com, you can even make an easel for them to work altogether on. You can choose a particular painting that you can all replicate, or you can let each artist’s imagination run wild to create a one-of-a-kind masterpiece. Children take great pride in creating something they can hang on their wall and share with each visitor that comes to the home. You can create strong family bonding memories by cranking up the music, throwing on some aprons, and letting the creativity flow from the imagination all the way down to the brush and canvas.
In addition to the many ways you can foster creativity by encouraging craft nights and family photography adventures, you can also take advantage of many classes, lessons, and seminars that may be offered in your local community. Many local community centers, YMCA clubs, theaters, and independent tutors provide a wide range of art, music, theater, design and building programs that will foster your little one’s personal growth and enrichment. It’s just a matter of discovering them.
Weekly violin, piano, or drum lessons are a great way to encourage structure and develop your child’s gross and fine motor skills (we have a great selection of lessons here!). If your child loves to sing and seems interested in all forms of music, hiring a vocal or music coach may be an excellent way to promote confidence and uncover your child’s hidden musical talents.
Acting classes are popping up at theaters and community centers all over the country. If your child loves putting on puppet shows or plays in your home, he or she may thrive when given the opportunity to learn the backstage secrets of seasoned theater performers. From makeup to staging, set design, costume creation, and actor etiquette, acting lessons give your young thespian a chance to shine on stage.
Local YMCA clubs offer a plethora of choices for creative kids. From ceramics classes and after-school art clubs to various dance classes and scouting programs, YMCA clubs all over the United States help to enhance a child’s learning while fostering their creativity and personal growth.
For children who love building things, disassembling electronics and putting them back together or designing structures, many local hardware stores and building supply stores have direct links and partnerships with local garages and workshops in the area. These shops often offer weekend or evening classes where kids can learn about different kinds of wood and metal. They can learn to work with many kinds of tools, and they can discover how to build all sorts of projects in a responsible and guided setting. Construction, designing, and building keeps active little minds and hands busy. These skills are also invaluable in the real world. Many children who learn to use tools, repair broken appliances, fix cars and build things with wood go on to have lucrative careers in the mechanical, architectural, design and carpentry trades as adults.
Children are inherently born to be naturally creative and curious. Creativity is a very fragile thing, however, and it can easily be lost if it is not fostered and nurtured from an early age. While sports are great for teaching children about teamwork and the importance of being physically active, children also need a way to express them in a more creative and self-expressive manner. Take some time to listen to your children speak. Pay attention to what brings a smile to their face or ignites their excitement.