Nurturing creativity is very important to me – this post about the benefits of crafting for kids touches on many of the benefits I see in living a creative life. Here are a few ways we nurture creativity in our home.
Here are five steps I take to nurture creativity in our home.
Prioritize free time
To be creative, you need time and space, so that you move away from thoughtless routine and into contemplation and deliberate action.
Provide creative tools
We love trying out fancy markers, paints, and brushes, but you don’t need what I call luxury crafting supplies to stimulate creativity. My kids adore drawing with pens and pencils on plain white paper, creating 3D sculptures out of scissors, paper, and tape, and turning cardboard boxes into inexpensive canvases for large scale paintings.
Explore your creative side
Young children especially look to parents for guidance as they decide which activities are worth their time and which should be left behind. If you want your children to nurture their creativity, be sure to get creative alongside them. As a bonus, I find that I’m much happier when I’m doing something creative!
Creative inspiration can come from so many places! Nature is an all-time favorite of ours, but my family has also found inspiration in art, science, music, and by learning about the creative hobbies of friends and extended family members.
See mistakes as opportunities
One of my sisters is a professional musician, and she told me once about a music teacher who responded to students’ mistakes with, “How fascinating!” See your own errors and mishaps as doors to exploration, learning, and growth, and your children will view theirs in the same light.