With cuts to music and arts programs in schools, it is no longer a given that children will have exposure to classes that help them to express their creativity. Being able to express creativity can be exciting, though, and can inspire kids to learn more and do more. Opening up new avenues for expression and learning can be life changing and can encourage kids to create things that they never would have thought of or dreamed possible before.
Buy Artsy Gifts
With Christmas coming up, this is a great chance to get kids the gift that they never knew they wanted. Whether that be a small pottery wheel, an impressive paint set, a guitar, an EasyBake Oven, or something else that ignites their interest is up to you and your child. With access to these new supplies, they may be able to find a whole new voice to bring their creativity to life.
Let the Kids Play
Whether you just bought your kids something or they have had a guitar or paint set for a while, let them play! It may be noisy, it may be messy, and you may not feel like mopping up the wreckage at 10pm on a Tuesday. Let them do it anyway! You will not remember the small annoyance of cleaning up, but they will remember that you let them have fun and indulge their creativity. Whether they use painting as a hobby to relieve stress as an adult or sell out galleries, these gifts are no less useful than the things they learn at school.
Encourage Your Kids
Even if their paintings are nothing more than stick figures and their guitar playing sounds like a cat dying, encourage them to keep it up – if they like it. You will be able to sense whether they are having fun or not. If it’s something that’s working to help broaden their horizons, it can be an amazingly helpful tool for their future.