by Ashley Lipman
Getting your kids to explore their creativity doesn’t have to be complicated or boring! There are several fun ways you can encourage your kids to think and act creatively. From toys and games to spark their imagination with dress-up, the sky’s the limit! Here are a few fun exercises and activities you can use to improve your child’s creative thinking.
Pictionary is a classic drawing game that’s all about being colorful and creative and can result in hours of hilarity. You can also use Story Cubes, a fun way to tell random stories by rolling dice.
For slightly older kids, try more advanced board games, like Dungeons and Dragons. D&D is all about using your imagination to create characters, go on adventures, and tell stories. They have cool stuff at the D20 Collective like colorful die and gaming journals, to help your kids tell their stories in writing.
Board games can help kids get very creative while having fun with the family and learning useful life skills in the process.
Start by giving your kids a random doodle – just put sharpie to paper and make a quick, simple squiggle or doodle. Then, give your kids the stack of your random doodles and have them draw full pictures that incorporate them.
If you want to make it more interesting, give them a short phrase, such as “Tough as Nails” to go with it. The kids then have to draw a picture from your doodle that portrays that phrase. It’s both fun and challenging!
A child’s imagination can be a beautiful thing. Grab an old sheet, make a cape and a mask, and encourage your brave young hero – or heroine – to save the world.
And yes, if your kid wants to play a supervillain, there’s nothing wrong with that. Just because Thor is the ‘good guy,’ it doesn’t mean that Loki’s sharp wit and smarts are evil. There’s nothing wrong with being different.
Give them challenges – build a playground using toilet rolls and straws or use paper and tape to create a marble roller coaster. Build a semi-structurally sound tower using only spaghetti and marshmallows.
These are actual STEAM, or Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics activities. They encourage children to think of creative solutions while having fun.
Don’t be afraid to join in, either. There are fantastic paper roller coasters out there – why don’t you take up the challenge and see if you can’t build a better one as a family!
It doesn’t have to be challenging to spark your kid’s creativity. You’ll likely already have everything you need at home. Board games can teach kids valuable life skills as well as creative thinking. At the same time, doodle challenges encourage them to think outside of the box.
Let them explore their imagination, and give them challenges to turn that.
Most importantly, be involved. Whether you’re building a paper roller coaster with the kids, reading them a story, or playing board games with them, you’re still an essential part of this process. Try out a few different ideas as you laugh, play, and bond with your children.
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Ashley Lipman is an award-winning writer who discovered her passion for providing knowledge to readers worldwide on topics closest to her heart – all things digital. Since her first high school award in Creative Writing, she continues to deliver awesome content through various niches touching the digital sphere.