Ways To Be Creative As A Family
While your child will be learning all sorts of ways to express their creativity during their online preschool classes, grown ups and parents may be finding that they want to continue to encourage creativity outside of the classroom as well. But how can that happen?
Not only can doing things with your child within a family setting help with familial bonding, it can also benefit mental health! Family time allows for your child to receive emotional support, socialize, and can decrease stress.
“Creativity” might be a daunting word upfront, and may bring up the question: what if I’m not creative enough? But, if you take a step back, being creative with your little one can be as simple as making a meal with them, or finding a new activity you both like to do together!
If you’re looking for ideas, we’ve got plenty – enough for two articles!
Ways To Be Creative As A Family
Time with family just got creative! There are lots of ways to promote creativity outside of the classroom for your child. For example…
1 – Cooking
Finding a new recipe for both you and your child can be an excellent way to promote creativity! For example, making things that call for toppings, such as pizza or tacos, can be a fun way to let your child explore different ways to customize their food and make it delicious! Grown ups can help with prepping ingredients, making this an interactive activity for everyone.Playgarden Prep also offers an enrichment class called The Creative Kitchen. Learn more here!
2 – Rose, Bud and Thorn list
Unwind with your child and think creatively about your day by writing down the a rose, bud, and thorn list. These are the components:
Rose: something good that happened
Thorn: something not so good that happened
Bud: something to look forward to for tomorrow.
By making a list like this, children are encouraged to recognize that days have good and bad parts, and that there is always something to look forward to tomorrow! It is also a great way for grownups to reflect as well.
3 – Go for a walk
After a long day with screens, it is good to disconnect for a while and go outside! If the weather is nice, taking a walk with your child is not only great exercise, but can provide a wide array of ways to be creative. Playing “I Spy” or doing a mini scavenger hunt are excellent ways for both you and your child to think creatively about your surroundings.
4 – Create a storybook
Books don’t have to just be something you and your child read, they can also be something you make! By working together, grown ups and kids can create their very own original book. Have your child tell a story, and have a grown up write it down. Next, create pages of a book with blank spaces that your child can draw in. This is an interactive project that you can look back on for years to come!
5 – Build something
Building is a broad term that can apply to many things! You can build anything from a building block city to a pillow fort! Even using recyclable materials to build new projects is a way to not only reuse and teach your child about recycling, but also create something new and exciting. Whatever you choose, working on something with your child can be creatively stimulating for both of you.
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