Growing Creativity in your Children


Creativity is a vital component of your child’s happiness and health, so it’s important to treat it as a core skill. It doesn’t just refer just to music or art, although arts and crafts can help your child to become more creative.
Provide your child with the resources she needs to express herself creatively. She should have plenty of time for child-directed, imaginative play, and you can also work together with her to develop her sense of creativity.

Painting

If it’s been raining and your child can’t head outside for constructive play, you can bring the fun indoors. Gather several rocks with your child, and together you can create works of art from simple pebbles.

You will need:

  • A few small rocks
  • Water
  • Sponges or paintbrushes
  • Acrylic paint
  • Magic markers
  • Old margarine containers
  • Newspapers to work on top of
  • A bottle of white glue

Help your child to:

  • Clean off the rocks and allow them to dry.
  • Decide what you’ll create together – animals are very popular.
  • Paint the rocks with colors, designs or animals.

When the painting is done and the paint is dry, seal the rock using water and white glue. Mix them together and brush the solution onto the rocks. This gives it a clear seal. Now she will have a piece of art she’s created herself. Paint some more rocks together, and save her favorites after you and she have sealed them.

Crafts

You and your child can make a simple DIY finger puppet animal using craft store googly eyes, pomp poms, pipe cleaners and cardboard. You can help in making your child’s menagerie, letting her imagination guide you both with the design. Then she can put on puppet shows for family and friends, if she is old enough to enjoy that.

Materials:

  • Circle-cut shapes from cereal boxes
  • Googly eyes
  • Pipe cleaners
  • Scissors
  • Glue sticks and a glue gun
  • Construction paper
  • Ink pen

Help your child to:

  • Cut out circles for puppet faces with your child. Cut construction paper or get pom poms for the animal’s ears. Glue the ears on and glue on a pom pom nose and the googly eyes.
  • Have your child doodle in additional details using an ink pen. She can draw in a mouth and whiskers. Glue one pipe cleaner to the back of the animal face and use a small piece of the cardboard to hold this pipe cleaner in place. Glue the pipe cleaner onto the back.
  • Have your daughter twirl the puppet’s pipe cleaner around your finger, until it looks like a wound spring. Twist this around your finger. Now you’re ready for a puppet show! If your child is older, she can write the script – otherwise just help her to act out the parts of the animals. Ask her what type of sound each animal makes.

Embroidery

Teaching your child to embroider is easy and fun, and you’ll be teaching her basics and skills that will last for her lifetime. Ages 4-10 work the best for teaching children to embroider.

Teach the Basics First

Teach your child the back stitch, running stitch, cross stitch and lazy daisy stitch first. This will give her an excellent foundation.

For this simple project, you and your child will need:

  • Patterned fabric
  • Gingham fabric
  • Embroidery floss, 24” long, split into three separate strands
  • Embroidery hoops
  • Sharp, large-eyed needles
  • Graph paper
  • Embroidery machine
  • Pins
  • Stuffing
  • Pencil

Help your child to:

  • Write out her name on graph paper. Then have her rewrite it in pencil on her chosen gingham piece.
  • Teach her how to split the embroidery floss. Work together so it doesn’t get tangled. Thread it into your needle, double it over and knot it. Then hoop your fabric.
  • Teach your child to do the basic embroidery steps first. Then move on to cross-stitching her name.

Decorating a Shirt

Teaching your child how decorate a shirt is a great project for parent and child to together.

For this project you and your child will need;

  • An embroidery machine
  • A computer with embroidery design software installed
  • A shirt in a plain color
  • Embroidery threads and backer

Help your child to:

  • Use your computer to find simple embroidery machine designs, of a size which will fit inside the embroidery machine hoop.  You should not embroider their name as it makes it too easy for strangers to act familiar with your child.
  • Work together to transfer the design to the embroidery machine and set up the embroidery hoop.
  • Start the machine and watch as the pattern emerges and change thread colors as required.
  • Remove the shirt.

 

Offer your child a wide range of creative experiences. By exploring ideas and materials, your child will learn to plan, design and construct ideas. Talk over her projects with her, and offer praise for her creative projects and play.

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