3 Ways You Can Preserve Your Kids’ Creativity

Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.

– Picasso

Creativity is an important and determining factor in my life. I use it every da. It’s my livelihood and gives me life. Not just n jewelry design, but also in everyday life, problem solving, and that many other things. As a mother, I’m also very interested in childhood creativity. Kids aren’t squared away into labels and niches yet, and they’re not afraid to be curious and creative.

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However, as soon as they start entering the world of establishments, schools, clubs, etc., the emphasis is no longer on creativity but rather following rules. So how can we protect the creativity of our children? As a mother of four, and a creative maker, I have three main rules that I maintain towards this goal.

1. Independence 

It really helps a kids creativity if we don’t try to squeeze them into our own “templates,” but allow them the independence to be themselves instead.  This is exhausting and a bit time consuming, but the returns make it worth it in a long time. After all, if a kid is allowed to tie their own shoes in kindergarten, and succeeds, they will understand what it’s like to figure something out from beginning to end, and the feeling of success will be theirs as well. Next time they face a challenge, they will also think about how they can create their own solutions. If we simply solve the prolbem for them though, they won’t think twice about the solution but rather just learn to ask for it. If we give them the prolbem, the time and of course the recognition of solving it, they will automatically make the creative process their own.

 

2. Experiencing wide open spaces

Another important factor that greatly encouraged creativity is the opportunity to experience nature firsthand. We are able to provide this for our children at the Balaton Uplands, where we have a basement with 6 beds in one room, and literally nothing to do inside. For hose with teenagers I will also note that there is also no reception! The kids are forced to go outside. As city kids, of course at first there is some boredom, but slowly they get into the environment and start inventing their own projects to pursue. Last time, for example, they wanted to make a swing. They asked for the keys to the shack and found some string that they wanted to tie it up with. I told them it was too thin and wouldn’t hold their weight, so they braided it to make it stronger and their father helped them string up a cheap board with it. They were incredibly proud of the end product, and a year later they still play a ton with it.

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3. An aesthetic environment

The third, and also possibly the most important factor is to provide kids with an aesthetic sorrounding. I think it’s really important what kind of environment children grow up in. And here I am specifically talking about the interior arrangements. It’s not about having design furniture, but rather the quality of the surroundings. Keeping everything neat (ok this is not my strength either), the ratio of furniture, the harmony of colors, the amount of toys around them so that it’s not overbearing the space, and so that form and function match. And of course, last but not least, that the shelves be filled with educational toys and books.

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What am I thinking of exactly here? Our littlest one plays with toys that she has inherited ffrom her older siblings, I don’t buy her anything new, because when I first bought them I made sure everything was durable and quality. So I was in a bit of a pickle before Christmas time as well, but thankfully, I discovered Boya’s crayons, which were planned for a kids hands. I immediately loved the packaging. I could immediately saw that these were not the typically waxy, melt in the sun material crayons. But what I liked the most was their form, which one could immediately notice was made to fit the form of small, grasping hands. Our 2-year-old immediately wanted to start drawing when she unwrapped them. She started drawing on wrapping paper and doodles with the same crayons to this day.

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I also let them get dressed themselves and don’t butt in with my own thoughts on their outfits, even when they don’t match. Here and there I offer some suggestions and thoughts on patterns and materials, and they cleverly incorporate this into their own style. I think this is how I can help them stay artists…as Picasso said!

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Comments

  1. nice ideas and suggestions thanks for sharing with us

  2. Zsuzsi says:

    Thank you for your comment, it is really worth to let them stay creative!

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