Creativity is innate in every child, however, there are certain activities and fun tools that can boost this trait.
As a parent, we can engage our child’s creativity by giving him or her the tools to do so through certain toys. Craft sets, art kits, building blocks, musical instruments, pretend play accessories, baby dolls, books etc. - if you’re looking for ideas, you’re in the right place. Here are some excellent ones.
Craft sets. Teach your children the joy of crafting something out of building materials. You can purchase craft sets in virtually any type, from friendship bracelets to origami to old-fashioned crafts like sewing or knitting. Aside from ready-made sets, kids get more creative when given just a few basic tools, and given household scraps to build from. This can include scrap paper, toilet paper tubes, old flower pots, and much more. Get creative!
Art kits. Hundreds of art kits can be purchased from stores and anytime from online shops. From basic sets that include a notebook and crayons to complete sets with crayons, watercolors, color pencils, and so on. Art kits are an awesome gift to a child who is currently in preschool or older. Even just getting your child their own set of notebook or a paper, coupled with a box of crayons or pencils will do the trick.
Books. No one can do justice to books and their huge impact on young children. Classics are a must, but don’t avoid silly books or those seemingly ho-hum books – kids have their own ideas on ho-hums, that’s for sure. Many fun interactive books are available, which can add a lot of fun and inject interactivity into book reading.
Musical instruments. Music is an amazing tool to inspire and develop talent, so providing your child with an instrument, even a toy version, is a good starting point as well as a form of encouragement. Toy flutes, pianos, xylophones, maracas, guitars, and so on are simple instruments that your child can experiment with before transitioning to the real thing.
Dress-up box. Creating a dress-up box can be a bit tedious, but definitely worth it. Start by hunting through your own closet, thrift stores, and discount stores. You can buy a chef’s hat, a doctor’s scrubs, and other accessories. Provide your child with a lot of choices to avoid gender stereotypes. Set up the box near a mirror and have your camera ready.
Pretend play accessories. Toys like miniature kitchens, a type medical kit, a small blackboard, or a dollhouse with baby dolls are great things to offer a child, as these tools drive them to engage in pretend play and allow their imaginations to run wild. Then they pretend to be a chef, doctor, teacher, a parent, and so on, it develops their creativity in role-playing.
According to developmental psychologist Dr. Jennie, toys that inspire creativity are definitely worth the investment since it teaches kids to be creative thinkers, to be mentally flexible and to be quick problem-solvers because there is more than one way to do things.
If you’re afraid that your kids will get too used to everything being delivered with minimal effort or because of technology, then the above tools will definitely help you.