You know how they say creativity dies as you grow up! Kids have the wildest imaginations, but as they get older and begin school, they start losing it. Well, it’s not like the supply of magic and fairy dust is finished, it just gets thrown somewhere very far in the closet of their minds. National Keep Your Kid Creative Week is all about doing some cleaning and getting that magic running again!
From Sept 18th – 24th parents are advised to engage their kids in different activities which boost creativeness. Team FamilyTime has come up with different ways of how you can enjoy with your kids all the while planting and pampering beautiful seeds of creativity!These are different indoor and outdoor activities- both tech and non-tech. Take a look at them and choose what suits you or maybe try all of them; after all, they are all fun!
You don’t have to go out in order to have fun and get the imagination rolling. Set up a space at home, like one corner of the living room, the attic, kids’ room or any other place you like. This is to give your kids a sense of belonging and a feeling that they can do whatever they want in this space. It doesn’t have to be fancy, in fact, let them decorate it the way they want. This will help them think outside the box. It maybe a different planet or a cave from the old ages. Leave it up to them.
When At Home
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Arrange different activities at home. Initially, sit with them and work them through it and then let them unleash on their own. Don’t forget to encourage them into doing something different out of a regular thing. There are different things that you can do such as:
- Art and crafts
- Reading book club
- Lego design
- Write stories
- Learn a language
- Draw or paint
- Act out their favorite characters
Creative Mobile Apps
There are plenty of apps that are designed with the sole purpose of developing learning and thinking skills. They are interactive and ask kids to think logically. They learn new things and make decisions on their own. Some of them are games, some are quizzes and some are math and science related, but in a fun and engaging way. Common Sense Media has a great list of apps that are good for kids’ creativity and development. While you do that, get hold of parental controls to make sure they don’t get across inappropriate content, because kids’ curiosity can take them to unsafe places on the internet. Also, keep the screen time under control with occasional screen limits.
Healthy competition is a great way to get kids’ out of their comfort zones and explore. Encourage your kids to take part in contests either online, at school or in your locality.
Take them to the park and make them imagine different things like if the swings were a different shape or a different color or how would they make a swing of their own. Let them touch and feel things and question. Go to the planetarium and explore galaxies and ask them how their own galaxy would look like. Museums, libraries, bookshops and even the local deli can make them see things and make new perspectives.
For some time, let them be on their own without any rules. This is a great way to see what their interests are. It really brings out the imagination and potential once they don’t have any pressure. Set them free in the house or if they want to go out exploring the woods. You can always keep tabs on their movement and they can ask for help with FamilyTime location services.
Make The Most Of It!
Don’t just do these activities during this week, but make it a regular tradition. The week is just around the corner. Get those creative minds at work and don’t forget to have fun! Let us know how it went!