8 Ways to Unleash Your Child’s Creativity Beside Crafts

Nurturing a child’s creativity is one of the most valuable things we can do for them during their childhood. We were all born to create. Yet sadly many adults have forgotten how to use and enjoy their natural ingenuity. At Oglee Poglee, we’re determined this won’t be the case for the next generation – and it’s not all about crafting either! Here’s how to unleash your child’s creativity in other ways:

Get dancing

Dancing is a brilliant way to get the creative neurons firing without need for any resources or mess. Let them express themselves however silly their dance moves look. Who knows, you might learn a move or two…

Make more of music

Aside from being a prompt to get dancing, music can be used in lots of different ways to boost creative thinking. Use it as a backing track for exercise, mealtimes, doing the cleaning – your children will learn from the use of different rhythms, instrumentation, dynamics and lyrics. Encourage them to make their own sounds with home made percussion, real instruments and sounds they can make with their bodies too!

Practice storytelling

Another easy way to inspire creative thinking: let their imagination free with storytelling. Tell each other funny stories, read together, ask them to come up with different endings to their favourite books, take it in turns to come up with the next part in an imaginary tale – be playful and make experiencing stories fun.

Talk to them

Our children are so wise and insightful when we give them the time and respect they need to open-up. Allowing our children to be fully who they are, at any age, is a wonderful way to unleash their creativity as they freely express their opinions and ideas. Build connection and boost their creativity by talking to them as much as possible.

Build with Lego

Lego – it’s a classic. Lego is brilliant as it offers open-ended creative opportunities as they build anything their imagination (and their bricks) allow.

Get out and explore

Help your children to see creative opportunities everywhere they go by exploring the world together and discussing what you find. Talk about the colours and textures that you see about your day, discuss how other people have overcome problems and what has been designed and built etc, go to museums and enjoy food together, discussing ingredients and how your food may have been made. It all helps in encouraging our children to think about the creative processes which take place all around us.

Step back and let them problem solve

Another one of the ways we can empower our kids and help them be more creative is to step back and let them use their creativity to solve problems. The next time they come across a challenge and ask you for help, ask yourself whether you could encourage them to solve it on their own before stepping in.

Let them play!

Finally, don’t forget the importance of simply letting kids PLAY! Play is a child’s most natural mode of expression and a vital way of exploring and processing their understanding of the world. All forms of play are creativity in action – so if you’re ever feeling under pressure to do more with your kids (when all they want to do is stay lost in their imaginative play) stop, relax, and let them be little.

Which of these ideas are you most excited to try more of? Come and tell us on Instagram or if you liked this blog then why not read our article ‘Top 10 Gifts for Creative Kids’

 

10 Creative Beach Activities Beyond Sandcastles

What family beach trip isn’t complete without building a sandcastle? It’s the perfect chance for both kids and grown-ups to get creative together and bring out your competitive sides while you’re at it! If you’re planning on spending a whole day on the sands, here are 10 other creative beach activities to try:

Make sand sculptures

Make an alternative sand creation! Encourage your kids to use their imagination and create a sculpture out of sand, with the rest of the family having to guess what they’ve made. Or join as a team and see if you can create a huge piece of sand art for others to marvel at.

 Try 2D castles

Collect as many pebbles or shells as possible and try creating a huge 2D castle scene on the floor. The more details the better. You could add a portcullis with driftwood and a flag with seaweed.

 Play drawing games in the sand

Any game you can play with pen and paper you can try on the sand with a stick or stone. Favourites that will go down well include hangman, noughts and crosses and Pictionary. You can find more ideas in our blog on Pen & Paper games here. Writing messages in the sand is always fun too. Challenge each other to read them before they’re washed away.

 Mini photographers

Pack a camera you don’t mind your kids handling and let them free as mini photographers. What will catch their eye? Perhaps give them a quick warning about taking photos of other beach dwellers without permission, to save any awkward situations…

Create a natural collage

Challenge your children to go scavenging and fill a bucket with natural finds. Then ask them to create a huge picture on the sands from whatever they have collected. Chat through their creations and ask them why they’ve used different finds for different features.

 Paint pebbles

Pebbling painting has become some what of a trend, so the beach is a great place to get crafty without having to buy of rocks from Hobbycraft! Take paints and watch as your children use their imagination to create mini pictures and write messages – all without the need to worry about getting your home messy.

Print making

 Experiment with texture next time you’re at the beach by encouraging your children to collect shells, interesting stones and driftwood and then pressing them into the sand. What shapes and patterns do they make?

Footprint fun

 Don’t forget about the fun of making hand and footprints in the sand too! Make paths and follow each other or use your movement to create a huge doodle. Who can create the longest chain of footprints in one go? And who can leave the biggest gap between footprints with giant steps or a big leap!

Drawing/painting

 Take a set of water colours or a tin of pens and ask your children to paint/draw what they can see. Use water from the sea and experiment with other ‘brushes’ you can find too (sticks, driftwood, shells) If they’re stuck for ideas, challenge them to paint the landscape or do a family portrait.

 Collect sands 

Sand is a brilliant crafty resource. Collect sands from different beaches to compare colours and then use in your arty creations. Consider it natures glitter! If you’re lucky and happen to find many different shades – then try layering them up in a jam jar to create a coloured sand decoration.

 If you liked this blog, you might also like our article on crafting on the go. Read now to discover outdoor craft ideas your kids will love!