Every child is born with creativity. You just have to help him discover what exactly is his talent. Whether it is music, art, dance or simply imaginative play, there are no rules for creativity, but there are countless ways to discover it, protect it and enable your child to properly develop it. Here are ten tips on how parents should raise a creative child.
1. Take him to art classes
Certainly in your neighborhood, there are painting and drawing classes organized, theater or music centers for children. If you cannot find one, you can talk to some moms and create your own course or center.
2. Make art accessible
Create your child constant opportunities to practice his imagination. Hold on to pieces of white paper, pencils, colored chalk, watercolors, so that he is tempted to try them all. Also, clothing is an excellent way for children to self-express. Encourage your baby to love the imaginative art of playing dress up. You will be amazed to see how much creativity he has when it comes to costuming.
3. Necessity is the mother of invention
If you’ll give everything to your child, he will not feel the need to be creative. Sometimes boredom can be positive for a child, because it generates ideas. Do not buy him many toys, but rather let him improvise and make them himself. It’s not difficult to teach your daughter, for example, to make only a rag doll. Remember your childhood games, when you did not have consoles, WiFi and other modern gadgets. Teach your child to love nature, to feel moved by a beautiful photograph or feel inspired by a song.
4. Ask him to help you with various projects
Want to redecorate a room? Even if it takes an adult to paint, for example, your child will be proud to be involved in this project. Let him paint a little or even help you with the can of paint. Also, the “art” created by your child can serve as a gift for relatives. In this way, the relatives will be pleasantly surprised by receiving the gift, and the kid will learn the satisfaction to express creatively and give to others.
5. Music will always capture attention
Creativity involves more than visual arts. Make music a constant part of your everyday life. Expose your child to different genres of music – not just your favorite genre – and tell him about how music inspires and complements your life. Moreover, instead of just listening to music, you can make music. Encourage your little one to sing, compose and experiment with rhythms using musical toys. Or, why not, allow him to improvise using pots and cutlery as musical instruments.
6. Passion must be instilled
Do you paint, sculpt or are you passionate about photography? Whatever your passion is, try to teach your child to appreciate it. Invite him to share with your love to create things and you will have fond memories of a parent who embraces a hobby. Kids love color, music, art and dirt, so do not think they are too small to be part of your artistic world and express their own creativity.
7. Experiment the scene
Expose your child to the live art and take him to a concert, theater and philharmonic. Even if he does not have the patience to finish the show, the child will come to love live art. Once the children attend a concert, they will be sufficiently impressed to try to emulate the same.
8. Buy handmade items
Teach your child to appreciate the value of crafted objects by often buying handmade items. You can find them at flea markets or stores. Explain your kid the uniqueness of these articles – tell him that the artist spent a few hours to create those objects. Also, do not limit yourself to pencils, paper and paint when it comes to artistic expression. Let the little guy help you with setting the table for dinner, teaching him how to arrange cutlery, how to match colors, making small table arrangements or how to arrange napkins in beautiful shapes.
9. Broaden the horizon
Expand your child’s horizons in the arts. Begin to collect buttons, thread, pieces of fabric, beads or pieces of jewelry and let your child do something creative with them. Bring out the creativity in your child by encouraging him to play, to stage a small theater scene with his toys. Get involved, change your voice and tone when giving life to one of the toys.
10. Invent stories
Parents mainly focus on the effort to teach children to read and rely only on books, losing the opportunity to invent stories themselves. Next time you open a book, let your child tell you his own story, based only on pictures. Or start you own story and let him to finish. Also, try not to discourage your child’s most amazing ideas.
How do you deal with a creative kid?