As parents, we want our children to use their imagination to explore, learn and be creative. Nurturing your child’s imagination and encouraging them to be more creative can not only build your relationship with your child but grow their confidence and maybe find a hidden talent!
Take Notice – Pay attention to your child’s interests and strengths and gently foster their creative spirit. Keep items such as colored pencils, art paper, stencils, crayons and other art related around the house that might inspire them to draw and use their imagination.
Give Them Autonomy – Once you have provided the tools for your child, guide them but let them draw their own images. Give your child self directing freedom to create. They can make a mess and clean it up.
Right Environment – Establish a place in the house that provides access for your to explore their creativity. Find what makes your child feel most comfortable ~ maybe it is a private, quiet corner in their room or a craft area in the basement where they can go to create.
Ask Questions – Ask your child what types of art or things they would like to draw or build. Find their interests through experimentation. They may love to draw but not to paint. They may love to build things with blocks or wood. Be patient and let them find what interests them most.
Teach them Your Skills – Children watch and learn so much from their parents and in turn have some of the same interests. Teach them your skills and guide them in positive ways to use their own resourcefulness. My husband loves to work with wood and he works with the kids to show them how to make things, i.e. bird houses, mini skate ramp, I-pad holder.
A child’s creative spirit, once nurtured and cared for can help them in so many aspects of their life. Plus you never know ~ maybe you a budding artist will be formed!
AMO is a proud writer for North Fulton Family Life publications. This article can be found in the February 2018 issue. All opinions are my own.