Monday, July 12, 2010

Creativity and Parenting

Creativity is not only important for children; but for you as well. It reduces stress, builds self-efficacy (an important precursor to healthy self-esteem) and expands the mind, helping to build important problem solving skills. When creative activities are done together, where the child’s personal creativity and choices are fostered and honored (within safety parameters) healthy attachment and bonding are further developed and solidified.
There are too many ways to develop creativity than can be mentioned here; however some include simple building blocks, coloring, or even building sand castles or making mud pies. Making cookies, candies, cakes, and casseroles and crafts are also a way to develop and exhibit creativity. Some creative ideas will be included above. More information will be provided under Stress Management.

One year when our children were young we decided to do something different for Christmas. Instead of a Christmas tree in the living room, we got a few discarded appliance boxes from local stores and butcher paper and created a nativity scene in the living room. It was a great creative/bonding experience for our children and myself.

Key Words for both Google Parenting and Google Scholar below: Creativity Parenting and Creative Parenting

Supplemental Materials:
Creative Writing Activities for Kids
Music and Movement
Official Crayola Site - Free coloring pages, crafts, lesson plans, games and more
Free Kids Crafts & Activities Library - crafts, science, and more
Crafts - free, easy, homemade craft projects; craft patterns, craft ideas.
The Activity Cupboard - Free Arts and Crafts Projects for Kids and Families
Free Crafts for Kids, Kid's Craft Ideas
Welcome to
The Role of Art in Early Childhood

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