At-Home Supplemental Ideas & Parenting Tips and Strategies
Creativity is often thought of as being exclusively useful to the arts. This is a fallacy, as creativity has given us innovations in science, mathematics, technology, engineering, and perhaps most important, cuisine! Creative thinkers are problem solvers, inventors and scientists as well as artists. It is important that a child’s educational environment support and encourage creativity. There are also many things families can do to encourage creativity in the home.
- Families can share their hobbies and interests with one another. Flying kites, doing puzzles, and playing sports are all great hobbies to share.
- Read to children aloud or all take turns reading aloud. Doing the different characters’ voices is a great way to get creative!
- Families can plan a special time daily to come together and talk. Dinnertime is a wonderful opportunity to share the best part of your day.
- Allow children to make mistakes and take chances, within reason. Making mistakes is an excellent way to learn.
- Limit TV time to educational and enriching programs, if possible, and discuss what is seen. A recent study has determined that children who watch Sesame Street are more likely to do well in school.
- Have special display spaces for the children’s creations. The fridge is prime real estate for this!
- One afternoon or weekend day, allow the children to set the schedule. A fun example of this is the plot of the book Yes Day!
- Allow and encourage any and all interest in the fine arts. Kansas City’s Nelson-Atkins Museum has free admission, though donations are appreciated.
- Bring them along on errands to expose them to new experiences and events. For example, taking them to the grocery store and having them help pick out some fruit, etc.
- Expose children to cultural events that don’t cost much or are free. Examples include high school orchestra/choir concerts, plays in the park, and story time at the local library.
Here are two excellent articles regarding the importance of creativity in early childhood.
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By Leo Lionni