Creative Child

5 Ways to Encourage Creativity Through Play

by Rebecca Eanes


 3. Set up play invitations.

Invitations to play can be as simple or elaborate as you want to make them, but the trick is to invite " not force " the child to engage in the activity. Allow the child to explore the materials freely and to create without adult direction. An example of a play invitation is play dough, googly eyes, craft sticks, pipe cleaners and gems laid out attractively for easy access. Check out these 10 play invitations.

4. Encourage safe exploration and provide a myriad of objects and places to explore.

All of which engage all of your child's senses. Allow them to take reasonable risks and make discoveries. Say "yes" more. Invite children to dance in the rain, jump in puddles, play in the mud, and paint with their hands. The mess is worth the benefits.

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5. Dramatic play lets children express their feelings.

This often occurs naturally as children imitate adults, animals, and things around them. This helps them understand their world and how to deal with situations and problems. Stimulate their natural need for dramatic play with costumes and simple props.


Rebecca Eanes is the bestselling author of multiple books including Positive Parenting: An Essential Guide, The Positive Parenting Workbook, and The Gift of a Happy Mother. She is the grateful mom of two boys. 


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