7 Ways Being Creative Now Will Help Your Kids Thrive as Adults

The pressure is on as modern parents. Not only do we want to see our children thrive as happy, healthy kids who enjoy their childhood – we want to see our children become thriving, fulfilled adults when they leave home. Here are 7 ways to use creativity to help them later in life:

Creativity shapes their mindset

The mindset we help develop in our children will stick with them for life. The more we can encourage them to believe in themselves, and their abilities, the more they will be able to achieve. Establishing a ‘growth mindset’ helps our children believe that with effort and practice, we can get better at the things we’re not great at, and creativity is a brilliant way to nurture this way of thinking!

Through creative experimentation, practice and permission to make lots of mistakes, our children can see first hand how they get better over time. They might not be as good as they want to be at drawing, sculpting or painting YET… They might not be able to build that Lego set alone YET. But with practice – they’ll get better!

Creativity helps process emotions

While they are no ‘bad’ emotions, there are destructive ways of expressing our feelings. Often the two get confused (anger is not destructive, physical aggression or saying unkind things is) meaning the expression of emotions is taught to be held back, silenced and suppressed. This suppression of emotions can cause big problems to mental wellbeing in later life.

Being creative when we’re happy often comes without effort – dancing, singing, drawing, making… But with prompting, creativity can also be a safe space for your children to process their harder emotions. For example, they could: scribble out frustration, rip cardboard to release anger or write stories or journal out their thoughts to express sadness.

Teaching our children to process their emotions safely now ensures they have the tools to do so in adult life.

Creativity makes problem solving easier

Everytime our children create they’re learning how to problem solve! “What colour will work best here?” “What material will be strong enough for this?” “How will I make it do that?” “How can I improve this?” The more our children create, the easier it becomes for them to think strategically and come up with creative solutions to their problems – big and small.

Creativity strengthens intrinsic motivation

Instrict motivation is the want to get something done for the internal reward it provides rather than external praise or reward. Intrinsic motivation is key to a fulfilling adulthood. It helps us to be motivated by our own needs and desires rather than materialist rewards or the recognition of others.

The creative process naturally provides those internal rewards for our kids. Think about the sense of satisfaction your child feels when they finish an artwork or complete a puzzle. The more our children create and problem solve, the easier they’ll find it to be intrinsically motivated in the future!

Creativity teaches self-expression

We all long for a sense of identity as adults. This identity begins to form in childhood and is something we consciously and subconsciously express throughout the rest of our lives. The more creative we are (or the more we’ve had our innate creativity nurtured) the easier it is to express this sense of identity and experience the fulfilment of living it out.

Children who’ve had the freedom to create (and value creativity as a useful tool) will have an easier time exploring their identity, safely expressing themselves and confidently sharing their authentic selves with the world as they grow.

Creativity promotes mindfulness

Alongside the benefits of creativity as a mode to process emotions, creativity also provides a space for mindfulness. A space to be still, escape from everyday stresses and connect with themselves again. Creativity and mindfulness might look like singing, dancing, painting, colouring, knitting, lego building… there are no rules! Make a note of what creative activities most easily calm your child and remind them to revisit these throughout their lives.

Creativity provides freedom

Ultimately, creativity provides freedom. As parents, we can’t protect our children from everything – no matter how great their childhood – they will go through tough times. But creativity will be a tool to help through it all.

A look through this list and it’s clear: creativity can help us heal, grow, express ourselves and solve our problems… Creativity really can help your kids thrive!

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How to Talk to Your Children About Their Art

Most parents want to encourage their children to be creative. But when you’re passed a page of poster paint splodges or another stick figure drawing, it can be hard to know how to respond with genuine encouragement… Here are our top tips for talking to your children about their art without having to pull out “That’s lovely” or “…What is it?” for the umpteenth time:

Try asking questions

Rather than jumping straight to your ‘feedback’ open up a conversation by asking your children questions about their work. What materials did they use? How did they create that effect? Which elements were tricky? What was their inspiration?

Be specific and use descriptive words

Show your children that you are really paying attention to their works by being specific about what you say. Rather than saying a general “That’s good” try something like “I love the way you’ve used shape/colour/texture here…” or “That’s a very realistic horse/ship/person…”.

By chatting specifics with our kids about their art we encourage them to build their creative repertoire and show them we value what they do. Use descriptive words to talk about texture, colour, shape, size and try using words they might not usually use to introduce them to new vocabulary.

Here’s how to break it down:

  • Colour – Point out colours, noticing if they’ve mixed any colours themselves or used colour in an interesting and unusual way or gone for a realistic look.
  • Shape – What shapes can you see? Point out how they’ve used different shapes to make one object/character.
  • Contrast – How do different elements of their piece contrast from each other? Dark and light colours? Contrasting textures/sizes etc…
  • Composition – How have they structured their work? Is one area busy, one empty? Acknowledge the effect use of composition can have.
  • Materials – What materials have they used today? Notice if they tried any interesting/new techniques with these materials?

Acknowledge their efforts

As well as commentary on the visual, acknowledge the effort they’ve put into a piece of art. Notice how carefully/enthusiastically/long they worked.

Encourage creative thinking

Keep their creative juices flowing by asking your child what they could add to further their creation. How could they fill large blank spaces? How could they increase the size of their work? Could they add another character? Could they add more to the story they’ve depicted? You don’t need to have any ideas yourself, open up the option and let their imagination run free.

Talk emotions

Getting arty is wonderful for our kids mental wellbeing. It gives them space to process situations, experiences and observations they can’t fully process in other ways and allows them an outlet to express their emotions. Next time your child presents you with a work of art or a craft construction, ask them how the process and end result has made them feel. Did they enjoy it? Are they proud? Did they get frustrated? Are their sad elements in the story they’ve illustrated? Once they’ve shared their opinion, share yours too – our kids love to hear more than a three-word remark from us.

Think about body language

Don’t forget how perceptive our kids are to our body language as we look at their art. Stop and really engage with them, smart devices down. If they ask you to hold their work, hold it with care and be careful where you put it down. We have a responsibility to show we value their time and creativity – let them see what’s important to them is important to us too!

To encourage your kids to problem solve and talk about their ideas why not try creating as a family team with our Creative Heroes Club family challenges.  Simply print out the activity pack and let it guide you through hours of creative exploration where the children lead the way. 


What to expect from an Oglee Poglee workshop?

Oglee Poglee - Craft Workshop - Paint

At Oglee Poglee, our mission is to not only help kids unleash their creativity but to reunite families in the pursuit of fun! We were all born curious, playful, artists – it’s just that many of us weren’t nurtured or encouraged to keep putting our creativity to use. Here’s what to expect from an Oglee Poglee workshop, for the whole family:

Freedom to express yourself
Oglee Poglee workshops aren’t like school art lessons – you are in charge of your creativity! We want you to have as much fun as possible, and while we will provide plenty of ideas and themed activities to get stuck into, there are no exact prescribed outcomes to worry about. Use your imagination and add your own twist!

New materials to experiment with
Not every family has access to a walk-in craft cupboard (otherwise known as the Oglee Poglee office!) but at our workshops you’ll get access to everything you need for an hour of creative escape. Paint, pens, sticky things, sensory play… and always lots of cardboard. Come along and try experimenting with new materials and techniques.

Time to immerse yourself in imagination
Each of our workshops is themed to help your children immerse themselves in a world of their imagination. It could be an Ocean theme or Rainbow Adventure, or with our Creative Heroes Club we’re always on a mission to save Oglee Pip through ingenious inventions! Whatever our theme, all our activities will help prompt creative thinking to add to their imaginative play.

The chance to make friends
We love connecting like-minded families eager to enjoy more creative fun as a family. Get ready to meet other parents who want to bring more creativity back to childhood and watch as your kids’ bond as they problem solve and imagine.

Encouragement to get stuck in
If you don’t feel like a natural creative, it can be tricky to know how to encourage your children and nurture their innate artist. At our workshops, you and your children will get the encouragement you need. We strive to be a safe space to experiment and play with art without worrying about the result. It’s all about the process.

Learn something new
If you want to expose your children to new creative ideas and artistic techniques, our workshops provide a fun way to do it without them even noticing. We’ll show them how to use new approaches without pressure. If you thought kids craft was restricted to cutting, sticking and painting then think again. They may even try their hand at potion making and slime!

No need to clean up
One of the best things about coming along to our creative kids’ workshops: you don’t need to tidy up after all your arty fun! We do that all for you so you can relax and be messy.

Are you ready to find out what an Oglee Poglee workshop is like first-hand? Hooray! Come and join in the fun with us at our next event in Berkhamsted or Harpenden.

Discovery Sprouts – Outdoor Adventures

Oglee Poglee is fiercely proud of its team and so it’s a pleasure to introduce you to Discovery Sprouts, a new children’s outdoor activity experience set up by our very own arty explorer Bizi and her friend Laura.

With two boys I am no stranger to the outdoors and the benefits is has on my children’s general well being.  A good run around, some fresh air  and a chance to freely explore nature should not be underestimated.   Hands-on learning in a natural environment helps children grow in confidence and self-esteem. They can problem solve, try a new challenge and just be free to imagine.

Discovery Sprouts encourages families to discover the great outdoors and the adventures it offers.   With Bizi and Laura guiding the way children and adults can  jump, squelch, climb, shout and be free!  All the while accompanied by a rumpus of music, theatre and story telling.

Imagine a theatrical outdoors adventure where you and your children can get completely involved in a story.  Music adds atmosphere and imaginatively placed props, temporary installations  and crafts can be discovered along the way.  It sounds a real experience and knowing how creative Bizi is I can guarantee it will be.

So if your family is in need of a large dollop of squelchy fun check out Discovery Sprouts.

Bizi will be a running a regular weekly meet-up in Amersham, Bucks, starting in September and there will be monthly pop-up events for the more immersive, theatrical experience.

Bespoke Children’s Birthday Cakes

Amanda Bradford Cake Design is a kitchen studio specialising in custom handmade cakes.   I met Amanda on the school run and since then she has become my go to lady for amazing cakes.  Not because she is a dear friend but because she makes all her cakes from scratch using the finest, fresh, natural ingredients and the taste is amazing.

There are low sugar and vegan options which have been a saviour for my family gatherings where everyone has different requirements. The elderflower, yogurt and pistachio cake is gluten free and absolutely delicious. Perfect for the centre piece at my mum’s recent big Birthday celebration.

So if you are looking for a children’s birthday cake that tastes as delicious as it looks then get in touch with Amanda Bradford.  Together you can create the perfect birthday cake for your child’s special day.


We Won! Best Children’s Business in Hertfordshire

We are thrilled to announce that Oglee Poglee won “Best Children’s Business” in the 2018 Muddy Stilettos Awards.  Thank you so much to everyone that votes for us, it really does mean a lot.

What a weekend to win on!  There was a royal wedding and a 70th Birthday celebration for my mum so I was surrounded by friends, family and Champagne most of the weekend which made in extra special.

In true winners style I would like to thank a few people who without their support Oglee Poglee would just not work.  Mainly my husband and children who put up with cardboard everywhere, sequins stuck to their socks and long nights in front of the TV helping me to cut out paper shapes or box up orders.

I also have a fantastic team.  Clare, Helen and Rebecca make all the party bags whilst Jo and Bizi entertain children at our parties.  They are an amazing bunch who bring so much to the company and put up with my creative ramblings and mad moments. I couldn’t do it without you all.

Another big mention is to Rachel for her amazing Pr, everyone at the Design House for their graphic work and our new website, the team at Neal Brothers Packaging who like cardboard as much as me and last but not least Maxine and Saskia who have brought my marketing and web copy into the 20th Century at last.

Thank you for making 2018 an amazing year for Oglee Poglee

Capturing Memories, Photography by Nina Mace

Hopefully you will have noticed some stunning photography of children having fun around the Oglee Poglee website.  I learnt a long time ago that to capture those beautiful moments in a child’s life you need a professional like Nina Mace.

At Oglee Poglee we love working with Nina because she knows how to make it fun.  She has even managed to capture a smile from my very camera shy little boy on a number of occasions. She is a whizz at capturing real smiles and modern family images that any parent would treasure forever.

Nina has carved out a reputation of being one of the most in-demand family photographers and trainers in the industry.  And it’s no surprise she is busy after recently being voted “Best Professional Training” at the prestigious Societies of Photographers trade awards.

With a passion for teaching others and sharing her skills Nina now offers a range of photography courses including a beginners course, helping parents to take natural and fun photos of their children and family.


A Evening of Crafting with First Mummies Club

I first met Lisa of First Mummies’ Club a few years ago and we have kept in touch every since.  Mainly because we love the same things; being crafty and sharing that creative joy with others.

First Mummies’ Club is an ‘after hours’ arts & crafts group specifically for mums.  Held in cosy venues this welcoming club gives mums time and head space to embrace new skills supported by talented artists and craftspeople, What could be more rewarding then a whole evening to create, relax and gain a sense of accomplishment.

If you like the idea of an evening to be creative surrounded by others who feel the same do take a look at First Mummies Club  

First Mummies’ Club currently meets on the  2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month from 7.30-9.30pm at the Fishery Wharf Cafe in Boxmoor.

Booking is essential so do contact Lisa on lisa@firstmummiesclub.co.uk to start your monthly bit of me time!