Creativity isn’t solely for playtime. Creative people are responsible for some of the most beautiful creations and important inventions of our time. When you foster creativity in your child, you foster your child’s ability to think outside the box and open up their mind to greater possibilities. If you want to help unleash your child’s creativity at home, start by providing a safe, inspirational space for them to be creative.
How to Make Your Child’s Room a Creative Space
Creativity can happen anywhere, but a big, open space helps. Your child can’t dance to the music if there’s nowhere to dance. When designing your child’s room, don’t take up every inch of floor space with the necessities. Tuck dressers and toy boxes into the closet, or move them outside of the bedroom. Make sure there’s enough space in the middle of the floor for your child to build a fort, put together a train set, or put on a production.
Build a Stage
The little performers in your life usually make themselves known. They’re the ones who dramatically repeat the lines from movies or belt tunes at the top of their lungs. If you do have a young performer on hand, consider adding a stage to his or her room design. Building a safe 2-inch high stage in the corner of your child’s room is an easy single-day project that can have big results. Kids with confidence, who like to perform in front of family and friends, often have an easier time with public speaking later in life. This can prove useful in school, work, and beyond.
Tailor those tools you keep near the stage to your child’s interests. If your son has demonstrated a love for music, keep musical instruments or a karaoke machine on stage. If your daughter is a little actress, keep costumes nearby so she can practice different characters.
Make a Desk Space
Children who like to draw, paint, or write need a place to do so. An easel set-up provides an ideal place for young painters, while a flat-desk is better for those who sketch by hand. A desk also provides a good place for young writers to work. Consider keeping a lap desk around for your little writers or artists, as well. Then, your child can get in a little creativity when he or she isn’t feeling well or just before bed each night.
Plenty of toy manufacturers make child-size easels and art desks. When selecting a desk or table, though, consider a full-size piece of furniture that can grow with your child. As your child moves through school, the desk can serve as a place for both creativity and school work.
Install a Creativity Wall
Don’t relegate your child’s artwork to the desk or easel. There are plenty of things you can do with a wall that lets your child use that space creatively, as well. Chalkboard walls are a modern trend that makes an entire wall of your child’s room a space for writing down ideas or creating temporary artwork. Then, once your child is through with the design or idea, they can erase it and start again.
If the idea of chalk dust floating around your kid’s bedroom is a little worrisome, consider installing dry erase boards and providing markers instead, or hanging magnetic boards and providing sets of magnetic poetry. You’ll get the same potential for creation without the potential adverse health effects.
Another temporary option is to give your child several sets of wall clings, so they can create a design on the wall and change it out at any time. Choose wall clings like letters or fantasy scenes to encourage expression through words and the exploration of other worlds.
Keep Creative Stock
If you want your child to be creative, make sure they have the supplies to be creative. Keep a set of drawers or a shelving unit stocked entirely with art supplies. Include all the usual suspects, like drawing pads, canvases, crayons, paint, stencils, and stickers, but don’t forget items that encourage other forms of creativity.
Keep bottle caps, buttons, stones, cardboard and other objects that could be used to create collages. Encourage your children to be creative with found items, which is a good way to bring up the subject of environmentalism and reusing objects.
When it comes to fostering creativity, it’s important to remember that your child’s room doesn’t have to be as neat and tidy as the rest of your house, or as neutrally-colored. Bright colors are thought to stimulate passion, a creativity-enhancer. So, consider letting your child’s color palette serve as the basis for his or room design to provide a space inspiring enough to let creativity soar.
What are you doing to foster creativity in your children?
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Elli blogs for InGoodMeasure.net and also works in content marketing for YourLocalSecurity.com, an online authority in home security and one of the Nation’s largest seller of ADT Security Services.