As a creative being, I want my son to embrace his creative side. We all aren’t artist and that’s okay. We don’t have to be. However, children love to be creative, whether it’s coloring, drawing, or arts and crafts. They love to play around, make messes and create beautiful creations that we will forever cherish. Sometimes, as parents, we have expectations of our children and because of that, I want to share 6 ways to embrace your child’s creativity.
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It’s funny, Jaiden and I were drawing with our Silly Scents (which are so fun to smell) and Jaiden asked me if I was going to draw fruit like I use too. When he was little, meaning 4, I went to art school. I originally wanted to study photography but soon realized I didn’t need school for what I loved and came naturally. However, in my photography classes, we had to draw these perspective designs and I chose to draw a fruit bowl. It was amazing to me that he remembered that. I had completely forgotten. Creativity comes in many forms. Allow your children to embrace whatever version of creativity they chose. That’s assuming they aren’t drawing on your walls with a permanent marker of course.
6 Ways to Embrace your Child’s Creativity
In order for your child to build on their creativity, provide them with the tools they need. Whether it be crayons, pencils, paint, or costumes. Provide them with the tools necessary to be creative and express them selves. Depending on what your little one is planning, a designated space for their creativity may be best. It will help control the glitter, construction paper and paint to an assigned area.
Allow your child to pick up their art tools and create whatever it is they choose. Don’t put a cap on their imagination because you feel they should create something specific. My son loves to draw dinosaurs, dragons, and castles but I don’t ask him to draw anything else because these are his drawings, not mine. Let them play dress up, draw, or build things. Creativity comes in many forms. Allow them to create what it is they vision, not what you vision. Step back and just let them be.
Stop Caring about Achievements.
I won’t lie, sometimes I have no idea what my son drew and that’s okay. Talk about how they came about the creation. What’s the story life behind their drawing and what gave them the idea? Does their drawing look more like a green blob than a dinosaur, that’s okay, don’t criticize. Art is not meant to be anything but what the creator sees.
Children’s books are amazing for the imagination. Jaiden has a ton of books that are fascinating to me and the story lines are pact filled with creativity. Reading is great for your child’s education and vocabulary but it’s also a great way to help your child’s imagination. It will allow them to use their mind to visualize what is happening. Jaiden and I are reading the illustrated version of Harry Potter and it brings the book to life. If your little one can’t read yet, make sure you read to them. Get excited and read like you are telling the story.
Did your little one color out of the lines or maybe made a “mistake”? Let it go. Who cares! Embrace what they have done and don’t pick out their “mistakes”. Provide them with positive feedback and ask questions about their art work. Don’t break their spirits because it’s not up to your standards.
As I stated, I don’t always know what my son draws and that’s okay. When your little one comes over and shows you their work avoid saying things like “That looks like…”. Children can become upset when we misinterpret their work. Allow them to tell you the story or ask them to explain their drawing.
Don’t forget to get down with your little ones. It’s okay to stop the adulting and hang with out kids. One day they will be too cool for us and we will cherish these silly moments. Jaiden and I had fun drawing dinosaurs with out Crayola Silly Scents. It was even funny because I couldn’t get up off the floor. HAHA!