While creativity has always been an important pillar of early learning, it’s even more vital now – it helps us think on our feet, solve problems and create for the sheer joy of creating. Needless to say, we’re big fans.
Finger Painting: A classic creativity jump-starter, good ol’ fashioned finger painting teaches kids it’s okay to make a mess and make a few mistakes – both key to developing creative thinking!
DIY Fairy Tale: Finding the Princess and the Pea a bit passe? Why not create your own Fairy Tale! We’ve got step by step instructions for creating your own magical story right here.
Pint-Sized Project Runway: Pull out a few seldom-worn clothes from your child’s closet, and have a refashioning party! Cut out applique shapes with scissors (attach by sewing or with fusible interfacing), turn dresses into tops by cutting the hems and try your hand at tie-dye! Kids love picking out their outfits for the day, and this turns up the creativity to 11.
Comic Strip: Draw out a series of squares, each with a thought bubble, repeating character/object or leave ‘em blank. Then, get to doodlin’! This activity will help your kid think sequentially, as well as build their narrative prowess. Have them think about a beginning, middle and end, and ask them questions while they’re drawing to keep them engaged.