Children's Creativity

Ideas for encouraging children's creativity and examples of children's creativity in action.

5 Ways to Encourage Your Kids’ Creativity Today

5 Ways to Encourage Your Kids Creativity Right Now

Fostering creativity, arguably the most important skill for the next generation, begins at home. Here are 5 Ways You Can Encourage Your Kids’ Creativity Today: 1.  Set out paper that is much smaller than usual or much larger than usual. And pair it with a pencil or some paints. 2. Cut a hole through the…

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Creativity is…

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“Creativity is inventing, experimenting, growing, taking risks, breaking rules, making mistakes, and having fun.” – Mary Lou Cook

Inspiration goes both ways…

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I love to see these two girls of mine interacting. They play the funniest made-up games and give the sweetest hugs (and know how to push each other's buttons, but we won't go into that…). They also inspire each other, whether in play or art. Usually it's Daphne who is learning from and emulating Maia,…

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Nurture or Nature: Are we born creative?

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Okay friends. Come in and have a seat. I'm passing a plate of brownies again (do you like yours fudgy? these are fudgy). I also have a big bowl of fresh cherries. Mmm. Oh, and while we're at it, we'll just pretend I have air conditioning and that it's nice and cool in here. We're…

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Every child is an artist

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I'm sure you've heard this first quote. I've seen it everywhere and in almost every art or creativity-related book I've read: Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up. – Pablo Picasso (Spanish cubist painter, 1881-1973) This second quote is one I just came across, but…

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Creativity lessons from a blogging conference

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I went to the Type-A Parent Conference this weekend to learn about blogging. I came away with lessons on art and creativity. You say, what? Amidst sessions on web design, statistics, and social media, there were a couple of magical hours by a new-to-me author, Patti Digh. She talked about writing, creativity, and claiming our…

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Messes and flops: my answer

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Our chocolate volcano cake with whipped cream snow and strawberry hot lava (as envisioned by Maia) Okay, my friends, we’ve had a week of illness here but Daphne’s much better now and Maia’s fever has finally gone down for the most part. I have a few minutes to write and join the conversation that Kristin…

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