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5 Ways to Encourage Your Kids Creativity Today


5 Ways to Encourage Your Kids Creativity 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 middle of a piece of paper, and invite your child to do a hole challenge drawing by including a cup of markers next to it. Or a couple sheets of hole reinforcement stickers.

3. Ask a question that invites or challenges them to try a favorite activity in a new way. Building, for example.

Can you build a house with cards?

How would you build a fort with newspaper?

How tall do you think you could make a tower with playdough? With marshmallows?

4. Send them on a Make and Do Scavenger Hunt.

5. Put a drawing prompt on the chalkboard (or piece of paper/cardboard etc) and see how they respond.


  • Reply
    The Messy Artist
    January 31, 2014 at 9:52 am

    some great ideas on here – love how just changing things up a little (ie. a bigger piece of paper) can get the brain thinking in new way.

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      Linda Z
      May 22, 2014 at 3:38 pm

      You’re right! I save cereal boxes, cardboard inserts and other odds and ends to paint on and
      use for crafts. The shiny inside of a puffs vicks scented tissue box..SCORE! *makes a shield and dagger*

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    Lei | Pofuff
    February 18, 2014 at 5:47 am

    Wonderful tips! Our team would agree that creativity is one of the most important skills that we need to hone in the next generation. We advocate fostering creative parenting and encouraging creativity in kids. All around us are global problems that are begging for creative solutions and the hope is in creativity-empowered children.

    Sharing this on our Facebook page. :)

    • Reply
      Jean Van't Hul
      February 18, 2014 at 7:34 pm

      Thanks for sharing on your facebook page, Lei! And yes, I completely agree with you about the importance of creativity!

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    Art Mom
    March 18, 2014 at 12:54 pm

    Great ideas! So simple, yet can spark so much creativity and play. I love the idea of the hole in the middle of the paper.

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