Encouraging a Child's Creativity at Home7:02 PM
Keeping a home in constant order can be quite a challenge when there are young children in it. They are naturally curious to try many new things including drawing on walls and floors or disassembling home items to convert into toys. Rather than get angry when children act on their creative inclinations, parents should make sure that they are encouraged without being destructive.
Providing a Work and Display Area
Children must be allowed to act on their artistic instincts without being hampered too much by so many restrictions. This is only possible if the child is given a specific area where he or she can do wonders freely and safely. Having a designated place for such activity ensures that art materials and other creative materials will not be all over the house which can provide much stress to the other occupants of the house.
If the work area has been defined, it is also best to define where the display area will be. Young children are so proud of their accomplishments that they may not realize that sticking their artworks indiscriminately on walls and sensitive surfaces may result to damage. It is probably a good idea to have clear-books ready to store numerous artworks especially when display space has clearly run out.
Without materials, children will not be able to translate their ideas into actual projects. Old and leftover art materials after every school year may be stored in one box to form a child's art supply at home. New supplies are best reserved for school use since children don't usually have the time to sort old materials in school due to time constraints.
Other possible materials may include surplus office supplies, old toys, and various free items obtained from different marketing promos such as stickers, colored pens and pencils. A handful of new art materials can be a parent's fitting gift to a budding artist. Providing suitable attire such as work aprons and gloves can also add to the enthusiasm of the child.
Providing Moral Support and Appreciation
Not all children will be able to come up with masterpieces with their efforts but this doesn't mean that parents should be less enthusiastic in showing appreciation. The mere fact that a child tries is more than enough reason for parents to actively show support. A child usually gets better in time but even if that does not happen, parental support must not wain. By looking into other possibilities which they think their children can be interested in, children are given the chance to develop their potentials.
Produced results may not even last for a day so it is a good idea to take photos of a child's accomplishments just to have a way to vividly remember. Some may actually be laughable but parents can always appreciate the effort that came with them. A child interested in arts, crafts, and similar endeavors must be able to test the limits of their creativity in order to learn.
Parents like me can be frustrated at times with the seemingly never-ending chores in cleaning as brought about by our children's creative attempts. This can be resolved by teaching children to clean and keep their things after the activity. Of course, smaller children will need more supervision and assistance than older ones.
There was a time that I was tempted to keep supplies away from my children's creative reach because of the fear that these materials will be merely wasted. I caught myself just in time to realize that the cost of these materials is a small price to pay for the further development of my children. I know they would have liked to participate in summer art workshops if only our budget allows it and so I should be thankful that they are taking the initiative for creative development within our means. It is also a lot easier because of their eagerness to make use even of recycled materials.
That said, our children really know how to go about it, they only need us parents to love them and support them in their efforts. They can soar to unimaginable heights in simply knowing that someone is watching their backs as they move forward in life. Let them be creative and let them live life as children for now.