Spring is coming, and that means warm breezes, sweet sunshine, and days of limitless inspiration. After all, what child can resist heading outside to build a fairy house, draw superheroes, or write poetry on a beautiful spring day?
Why not take full advantage of these inspired days? There are many things you can do to encourage your child’s creative streak and boost their imaginative play to a new level. Below we have compiled a list of our favorite creativity-boosting tips.
As mentioned above, beautiful weather can have a profound effect on a person’s creativity levels. Going for a nature walk might provide your child with inspiration they may not have found otherwise. Meanwhile, the child who is sent outside to do their reading might be more able to focus on creating mental images of all those imaginary worlds found in their books.
Create in Groups
While there is definitely something to be said for a child working solo on a project, occasional group work also comes with a whole slew of benefits. For instance, working with others may require to think outside of the ideas they have in mind and expand upon projects in creative ways they may not have considered.
Teamwork stretches the child to become more creative in order to include the ideas of every member in their group. This is an important skill to have and enhances creativity by posing new and interesting challenges for the student to work around/with.
Free play, along with opportunities for completely unstructured creating, are incredibly important aspects of raising a well-rounded child. That said, structured activities also have their place.
In fact, there are some instances where structured instruction can provide students with the tools they need to become more creative and free-thinking individuals. Music lessons, for instance, give young musicians the foundation they need in order to create masterpieces. Likewise, art, theater, and dance lessons help children learn the ropes in a particular art so they may continue to practice and add their own flair.
Make Tools Available
Offering your child every toy imaginable does not do them any favors. In fact, being surrounded by all the latest fad toys and gadgets will likely discourage the creative play that we all know is so precious.
However, providing your children with certain tools can help them foster their creativity and give them experiences they will never forget. These tools might include art supplies, a set of play clothes that they are welcome to dirty or tear, open-ended toys, and plenty of free time.
Additionally (and surprisingly), tablets and computers may also have a place in this lineup, but might need to be limited as far as content and time spent on “screen time” activities go.
Use the Power of Scent
Smell is a very powerful sense. It is the key to a whole world of memories and emotions. The right scents can evoke feelings of happiness, relaxation, and even inspiration.
Use scents to inspire your household by placing a few drops of certain essential oils in a diffuser. There are a number of oils that can be used for this purpose, and different things work for different people. That said, lemongrass, orange, and rosemary are popular for inspiration. Additionally, the “Inspiration Blend” by Young Living is a good choice.
Here at The Loop, we offer many opportunities for boosting your child’s creativity. From building clubs for free-form group creative work to the more structured classes for music, art, and theater, we truly have something for everyone. Additionally, we offer plenty of options in the way of essential oils education, so you can learn all about using oils to enhance your way of life and encourage the creativity of your children.