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Mama Loves Monday: Creative Kiddy Finds from Etsy

Posted by Krissy on June 15, 2009

In honor of opening up my new Etsy.com shop, B.Inspired Vintage, here are some of my favorite creative kiddy finds from other Etsy sellers!

 

Creative Kids Art Bucket by Mom N Mia Quilts

Creative Kids Art bucket

 

Lavender Scented Play Clay by Mama K’s

Play Clay

 

 

Crafty Kids Card Making Kits by Sarah Emily Design

Card Making Kits

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Five Simple Ways to Cultivate Creativity in Your Child

Posted by Krissy on May 22, 2009

Inspiring and nurturing creativity in your little one doesn’t have to be complicated or time consuming.¬† It just takes a little thought and attention on your part.¬† Here are five¬†simple ways to cultivate your child’s creative side today.

1.  Follow Her Lead

Remember: kids are naturally creative.¬†¬†Creative play¬†doesn’t need to be dictated to them.¬† So when your little one offers you pretend pizza on her play dishes,¬†gobble¬†it¬†down¬†with enthusiasm!

2.  Ask Inquiring & Open-Ended Questions

Whether during imaginative play or a scribble-fest, ask questions related to your activity that can’t be answered¬†with a simple “yes” or “no.”¬† After you gobble down the pizza, tell her it was yummy and ask what great ingredients she used.¬† You might be surprised where her crazy answers will take¬†you next!

3.¬† Provide Simple “Tools”

We’ve all been there: we go out and spend way too much money on the latest, greatest “educational” toy just to have¬†our child¬†play with the box it came in!¬† So save your money and rethink your definition of “toy.”¬† Go ahead and let your little one play with your pots and pans.¬† They just might turn into perfect nesting blocks, clanging instruments, or a helmet for a robot!

4.  Give Her Space

Don’t get me wrong; developing kids definitely need quality interaction with¬†caring adults.¬† But leave them to their own devices for some (supervised) alone time while you take a break or catch up on housework, and you might be really surprised at the creative stories, imaginative play, and silly songs you hear!

5.¬† Redefine “Creativity”

The most creative kid isn’t always the one who can create the most realistic stick-figure family portrait¬†in¬†her preschool class.¬† Rethink¬†what it means to be truly creative.¬†¬†Every¬†out-of-pitch tune or¬†unrecognizable¬†scribble is important in your child’s creative development.¬† So quit striving for perfection and celebrate their effort!

Photo courtesy of Ned Horton

Photo courtesy of Ned Horton

For further reading and research on creativity in children, check out the following great articles:

The No Push Method for Developing Creativity

Creativity Belongs to Children

Creativity in Young Children

Creative Play Makes for Kids in Control

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