Creative Time for the Modern Family
By Barbara Bietz – Creativity
The early years of childhood are filled with make-believe, dress up, and finger painting. Young imaginations are carefree and creative. As kids get older, their busy lives are filled with homework, sports, and other extra-curricular activities. These activities all play an important role in modern family life, but it’s important for children of all ages to have quiet moments of free play, to turn off video games and foster their own creativity. Here are some simple ways to promote creativity in your home.
Stock your bookshelf
Reading for pleasure is a gift. Readers have more active imaginations, improved vocabulary, and do better in school. No need to push – just leave a few open books strewn about your home, and a healthy selection of easily accessible books. Offer to trade books with friends to keep you collections fresh. Many public libraries offer used book sales. For a dollar or so per book, you can stock up on a wide variety of choices.
Have basic art supplies on hand for spontaneous crafting. Some items to consider when putting together your art kit – crayons, colored pencils, or makers, construction paper, glue, popsicle sticks, pipe cleaners, paints, brushes, felt and yarn. No need for boredom or video games on a quiet afternoon.
Playing music in the home creates an ambiance that fosters appreciation, whether is classical, jazz, or pop. Lessons are great for kids who show interest in an instrument. Many school offer low-cost instruments and lessons. If you child does play an instrument, encourage playing for fun, not just practice. A few fledgling musicians might get together for an impromptu jam session.
Time to Play
Unstructured activity is the best way to channel creativity – for adults and children. Encourage kids to let their minds wander and their imaginations soar. Take field trips to the park, apple picking, or to a museum. Plant a garden, bake cupcakes, or play in the snow.
In our techno-driven world, there is decreasing value on the arts. Engaging in creative endeavors is enriching for everyone in the family.