Fostering Creativity in Children

As a parent, one of the toughest challenges you face is helping your child expand their minds and be able to play creatively either with little direction or on their own. But there are ways to help you with this difficult process.

Granted, maybe you were blessed with a child that oozes creativity and can do so at the drop of a hat. For the rest of us, here are 10 ways that you can help foster creativity in your child regardless of their age.

1. Become a superhero

It is very likely that your child has dressed up for Halloween already, but did you keep that costume around for everyday use? You should have, as it can lead to fun time playing alone or with a group.

Dressing up as a superhero offers your child the chance to be someone different for that time period. He or she can be Iron-Man or Captain America, tasked with saving the world from evil forces. Or a princess facing the difficult challenges of leading her kingdom.

But do not leave it just to always being the “good guys.” Maybe they are a villain and can change that character to a “good” person through different activities. And don’t think a complete Halloween costume is needed, as a simple mask can do the trick.

One effective way to build up the wardrobe collection is to visit your local store shortly after Halloween ends and purchase discounted costumes in various sizes for your child or their friends.

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2. Design a building

When you think back to your own childhood, building blocks were likely a part of it. That should continue to be the case even in this electronic-driven world. Getting out a box of Legos or other blocks can lead to a growing interest in a fulfilling career.

Architectural design is complex at the highest level, but for your youngster, it can simply mean placing one block on top of the other and creating a tower. The end result can lead to even more excitement, as the child is able to “demolish” the creation and start all over again.

Cardboard, Legos, blocks, or any number of household items such as paper towel rolls or toilet paper rolls can be used for this project.

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