Creativity: the state or quality of being creative/the ability to transcend traditional ideas, rules, patterns, relationships, or the like, and to create meaningful new ideas, forms, methods, interpretations, etc.
Are your kids creative? Being “creative” is subjective, meaning different things for different people. All kids are creative, just in different ways. Some are artistically, musically, verbally and some physically. There is no right or wrong way and I am a firm believer that we should be allowing our kids to be as creative as possible in the right way for them. Natural creativity can certainly be stifled if not allowed to blossom, so if you love seeing your kids expressing themselves in this way, then you’ll love these 5 ways to promote creativity naturally in your kids!
Many people assume that creativity is a talent that their kids either have or not: just as all children are not equally athletic or intelligent, all children are not equally creative. But actually, creativity is more of a skill, and is one that parents can help their kids develop. Being creative is a key to success in nearly everything we do and it is an important part of health and happiness and a core skill to practice with kids. Creativity is not limited to artistic and musical expression—it is also essential for science, math, and even social and emotional intelligences. Creative people tend to be more flexible and better problem solvers, which makes them more able to adapt to technological advances and deal with change—as well as take advantage of new opportunities. Encouraging kids to be creative is easier than it sounds, and really doesn’t require much effort! These 5 simple tricks can encourage your kids to be more creative, naturally.
Provide the tools they need to be creative
Kids need materials to be creative, but this doesn’t mean you need to go spend a fortune on fancy art supplies or musical instruments. When your kids are little and exploring a variety passions, stick to the basics: crayons, pencils, paper, stickers, paint. Basic art supplies will get most kids drawing or writing in no time. Get some used or beginners instruments and place them in a basket so your kids can explore sounds. Have a variety of books available with and without pictures so they can be exposed to different literally styles. If you provide the tools, creativity will come!
Dress them for fun!
There’s not much that can stifle creative more than dressing your kids like they are a doll or heading to a fancy Christmas dinner. Everyone loves a nice fancy outfit now and again, but for day to day play, comfort and mobility is key. When I’m choosing clothes for my kids I love to pick ones that are extra comfortable, versatile and cute, of course! This was why I was so thrilled when I read about the new Bert’s Bees Baby line of clothing.
I have loved Bert’s Bees products since I was pregnant with my oldest 10 years ago and have been a faithful user ever since. I love their quality ingredients that are naturally based. Their new clothing line is made the same way. Made with 100% organic cotton, these pieces are perfect for babies and beyond. With sizes going up to a size 6, these aren’t just good for babies and toddlers, like you’d think by the name, but for bigger kids as well!
And did I say how soft they were?? These shirts and legging not only have some of the cutest patterns on them, but are so soft, I wish they made them in my size. I love how the colors are more subtle and patterns are not in-your-face bold. Best of all, the pieces colors and styles go together well, so they are really easy to mix and match.
The new Bert’s Bees Baby line of clothing are the perfect pieces for kids to run, play in and be creative in all day long. They aren’t too tight or constricting and since they are made with natural, earth-friendly materials- you’ll feel great about buying them too. Best of all, new customers can save 10% on their first order by signing up for their newsletter!
Give them freedom
This can be hard for some parents. One of the basics of the ever popular Montessori or Reggio style of learning is allowing kids to be their own guide when it comes to what they want to explore. Giving kids the chance to decide what to do and when can be a big foster of creativity. Obviously, this can’t be the case all of the time (we all have errands and things to do!), but be sure to allow your kids even an hour a day of time to just decide what to do and do it. Allow them to make mistakes. Allow them to get messy. Let them color outside the lines. It’s ok!
Expose them to the arts
Exposure to a variety of arts is so important! Take your kids to an art museum, a play or to a concert. Pick kid friendly venues until they are better at being in an adult environment. These don’t even have to be all places you pay for: visit the library and check out different styles of books, catch a free theater in the park, listen to a concert online. Just allowing them to be exposed to a variety of arts can help foster creativity.
Let them be bored
There’s been a lot online about this lately and it’s really a great idea! Many parents think they have to constantly structure their kid’s days and fill it up with classes or constant entertainment. You don’t. I find that once my kids come to me and say “I’m bored” then I follow with “Im sure you’ll figure something out!”, that their best ideas form. Allowing kids to be “bored” lets their creativity an outlet to shine in, since they are “forced” to think of something on their own, and not be forced fed ideas constantly. By providing the materials and exposing them to the arts, they will probably think of something to do, and it will probably be pretty awesome!
Promoting creativity in kids can be pretty easy if parents provide the tools and step back and let kids do their thing. Kids are inherently interested in the world and have some pretty great ideas, we just need to let them have the ability to express them! Also, when we dress our kids for play and fun, like by wearing these oh so soft Bert’s Bees Baby and kids clothes, they feel like they can move and groove more and don’t feel like they are going to a fancy adult party where they aren’t allowed to touch anything! Plus, they will be comfortable- and what’s better than that?!