Creative play time is essential for children of any age. Allowing time and space for your children to create helps them grow and learn on their own while having fun. Creating will stimulate them and help them to learn problem solving methods on their own.
It is sometimes hard, in today’s world of technology especially, to get your kids to sit down and work on a creative project without getting bored. It is helpful to have a separate space in your home where they can focus on their project without distractions and be encouraged to continue. If you want to incorporate more creative time into your children’s days, here are some ideas you can use to create a space for your kids to grow in.
Make an open space
Have some open space for your kids to move around in. Maybe your child wants to build a giant tower or a replica of him or herself. Allowing them the space to do these kinds of things will allow them to use their imagination more and create whatever they deem possible.
If you can’t have an entire room, create a separate space in a room on your home. Use a room divider to block the creativity space from other parts of the room, like to block the TV if your space in the living room. Clear extra floor space in a big foyer using a spiral staircase kit. Any structured space will make a huge difference for your kids.
Keep them away from all screens
Avoiding any and all technology in your creativity space will greatly help your kids. Everyone needs a break from screen time, and having less technology in your children’s creativity space will encourage them to use their imagination and create something with their hands.
Have a desk for them to work on
Especially for younger kids, creativity time often involves crafts and drawing. Have a hard surface for your kids to work on. This can be as simple as clearing off the dining room table or building a desk in your children’s bedrooms.
Try to keep the desk clear and organized after each time your kids use it. Give them designated areas to put away supplies and encourage them to clean up. You may also have to reorganize and restock supplies, so you kids can keep creating.
Give them the props they need
Whatever your children’s passions are, feed them. If your children like to draw, have plenty of coloring supplies, like paper, crayons and colored pencils. If your children are young and you are still unsure of what will most interest them, have a few different options set up so they can pick and choose what suits them best.
Display their creations proudly
To encourage future creative time, display whatever your children create proudly in the creativity space. Support your children’s creative passions and help them find value in what they are creating. This is good advice to follow no matter what your children do in life, as long as they are ethically following their dreams, you should be behind them with support and encouragement.
Tina Hamilton is a journalist, blogger and social media guru. You can usually find her online or walking along one of Southern California’s beaches with her dog, Joey. You can find her on Twitter.