Children have the urge to be creative from a very young age. They’re curious, inquisitive and want to see that creativity grow through play time, craft and arts activities. While they’d be keen to get stuck in, they still need guidance to be able to learn how to express themselves and use their time productively.
Use these 5 ideas to bring your child’s creativity to life, with the help of this nursery in Angel.
Use everyday objects in activities
Making activities creative doesn’t require using expensive or elaborate tools, in fact you could use just about anything that comes to mind. Empty cardboard boxes and plastic bottles are great examples of this for drawing on, making music with or for your child to cut up and add to a collection of items they use during play time.
Playdough or any similar form of moulding clay allows your child to really experiment with making shapes, animals and all myriad of things from their fingertips. Add some playdough moulds to the mix to see if they can put together their favourite superheroes or characters from TV shows they watch.
Encourage a little debate
Get some cards and cut them into small squares. Ask your child to write down which is their favourite food of the 2 choices – do they prefer ice cream over brownies? Have a little stand off to see who likes what the most and why – a fun way of using your child’s critical thinking skills!
A universally liked activity is using a swimming pool or having an inflatable one in the garden for the kids. Using toys in the water to practice their fine motor skills also encourages children to use and hold things in different ways and to test their little muscles.
Paint things by using fingerprints
Draw out the outline of a tree, then let your child contribute by dipping their fingers into some paint and dabbing their fingers onto the canvas. After a few attempts they’ll see what they’ve created and how unique it looks to them!