Four Tips: Use Summer to Nurture Your Child’s Creativity is a post from Shannen of Middle Way Mom:
Summer opens up an insane amount of options: Camps, sports, STEM activities, park days, classes through both school and places of worship, scouting, competing in fairs, and all the rest.
There’s so much focus on STEM, achieving more and doing more, but we often forget that beneath it all rests creativity. Ingenuity stems from creativity. Entrepreneurs need creativity.
So how can we creative an environment to nurture a child’s creativity?
Find a balance
Think about how you want to use your summer. I know many families that take the busyness of the school year and simply translate that into busyness of summer with lots of camps, classes, and other activities.
It’s hard to be creative when your day is simply moving from one task to the next.
“For of the evils of modern education few are worse than this – that the perpetual cackle of his elders leaves the poor child not a moment of time, nor an inch of space, wherein to wonder – and grow.” – Charlotte Mason, Home Education
Some kids love having endless hours to play outside, or make their own adventures inside. Other kids like to have a place to go on most days. Find a balance that works for you, but don’t forget to leave some breathing room so your child has time to explore their own interests.
Remember when your mom would tell you to go outside and not come back in until dinner time? My, how our culture has changed!
Some of the best inspiration for creativity is to be in, and to explore, creation.
I’m not just talking about taking classes at a local nature center. Go out to a park for a picnic. Bring paper and colored pencils to a nature reserve for an afternoon. Spend a day at the beach and let the kids make sand castles. Being creative isn’t just about putting something on paper. Let them see and touch creation to ignite their senses.
Seems simple, right? I admit I tend to get stuck thinking that painting is the only medium to create art, but I’m learning to move beyond just paint. Big box stores carry lots of items to make art, but you can also find things while you’re outside, like feathers, rocks, and flowers. (Here are 10 awesome art supplies to keep on hand.)
If you’re not very artistic (like me), you can find classes offered throughout the summer that specialize in things like plain air (outside) painting, photography, sculpting with clay, and more. Craftsy also has a myriad of classes online that I attribute to how I learned to quilt, tat, make truffles, and fine tune my knitting. They have classes in all creative arts, from baking to woodworking.
Jot it down
Some kids love to draw, paint, or sculpt. Others love to tell stories or record their findings. Journals are a perfect way to create a keepsake for anyone’s creative personality. Some families keep nature journals to record information they learn about the natural world, others keep journals to document their adventures and musings.
Journals don’t have to be anything fancy. Just something to put those creative thoughts down on paper, if they so wish.
What ways do you foster creativity in your child?
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