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Encouraging More Creativity In Your Kids 

When we think of the skills that help us get ahead, we tend to focus on the most obviously beneficial, such as the ability to focus, to study, to get along with others, and make decisions. However, thinking and being creative is a talent that can enrich one’s life greatly and help create a much more well-rounded individual. So, what can you do to help raise a more creative child?

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Equip them with the tools that they need

Perhaps one of the most important things you can do as a parent when it comes to fostering creativity in your child is to budget for it. If they have a consistent desire to get into any kind of art, don’t say no to it, but see if it sticks. If it does, then having an art budget to dip into at home can help make the resources for it a little more manageable, whether it’s an art set, help from a teacher, an instrument, or something else they need.

Get them experimenting with classes

There may be art classes at your child’s school but, as they get older, they might develop an interest in different types of mediums and crafts that could help them express a wider set of ideas. To that end, you should look at the classes and the groups, such as a creative workshop for learning how to use mixed media. There are a lot of different options that you could make use of to see which medium hits the creative bone just right in them, and giving them the freedom to try them out can be just what they need.

Play games with them

Games are not just a leisurely way to spend time and have fun with your children. The right children’s games can get them thinking creatively in ways that they wouldn’t in day-to-day life. There are plenty of games that make use of the imagination, such as playing pretend or hosting a play with them at home. Even more structured games such as board games or card games like solitaire (played online or offline) get them thinking about options and strategies within a more limited playing field, which is just as much a type of creative thinking as well. 

Show an interest in how they express themselves creatively

If you have a child that likes to draw, then you might have seen enough of their crayon and pencil creations to last you a lifetime. It can be easy for the “enthusiasm” to dull a little after you’ve seen the tenth flower, but it’s also important to show an interest in their creative expression, no matter what form it takes. You will always be their first supporter, and you should make sure that you’re a consistent one so that they feel confident in pursuing their creativity.

Creativity isn’t something that one “has” or “doesn’t have,” it can be built in anyone with the right mix of curiosity, engagement, and finding the way for them to engage with the creative side of themselves.

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