Creativity is a trait that lies within every child, but there are certain activities that can help bring that creativity out. As a parent, you can engage your child’s creative side by providing the tools to do so in the form of certain toys. If you need ideas, here are some excellent ones:
1) Art kits: These days a variety of art kits can be purchased from stores, from basic sets that include crayons and a notebook to complete sets with crayons, color pencils, watercolors and so on. Art kits are a great gift to offer to a child who is in preschool or older. If you don’t have a big budget, just getting your child their own set of papers or a notebook, together with a box of crayons or color pencils should do the trick.
2) Craft sets: If you feel drawings and paintings don’t do enough, why not encourage your children to make something? You can buy craft sets in just about any type, from origami to friendship bracelets to old-fashioned crafts like knitting and sewing. Of course, ready-made sets aren’t the only option. Sometimes kids get most creative when armed with just a few basic tools, and given random household scraps to create from. This can include old toilet paper tubes, scrap paper, old flower pots and more.
3) Building blocks: These toys are as simple as it gets, but they are very good at stirring up your child’s creativity! Building blocks encourage your children to come up with different structures and put their hands to work.
4) Musical toys/instruments: Music is a great tool to inspire creativity, so getting your child an instrument, even if it’s a toy version, is a good form of encouragement. Toy xylophones, flutes, harmoniums, maracas and so on are simple instruments that your child can experiment with before moving on to bigger instruments like the guitar or drums.
5) Pretend play accessories: Toys like miniature kitchens, a small blackboard, or a toy medical kit are great things to offer a child, as they drive them to engage in pretend play and let their imaginations run wild. When they pretend to be a doctor, teacher, chef and so on, it develops their creativity in drama and role-playing.
Developing your child’s creativity is important as creativity is an integral part of social, educational and career progress when your child grows older. So push your child to become more creative by offering them the toys above!