Creative activities for kids are more important than we probably really understand.
It is well documented that the right brain is the more creative or emotional part of the brain, while the left brain is the analytical and judgmental hemisphere.
So what has that got to do with encouraging creative play you may wonder. Well kids brains work overtime when they get to school, particularly the left brain which deals with learning and analysis.
Many child experts believe children’s creative abilities diminish the older they get. These creative abilities are sort of educated out of them. Therefore it makes good sense that when the kids are at home we actively encourage them to develop their own creative ideas, which will promote development of the right hemisphere of the brain.
The thing about creative activities is there is no right or wrong. Let’s face it whether a children’s painting, or their attempt at any arts and crafts, is good or bad is completely subjective. Enjoyment is the key driver.
Right brain activities are also important for developing confidence, improving cognitive ability, and help communication and reasoning.
These are all important qualities which will help kids throughout life.
Although talking about creative activities sounds fancy, nothing could be further from the truth. Creative activities can be simple things like painting, singing, building a Lego castle or playing at being Harry Potter.
And making a conscious left brained effort to come up with some creative ideas for kids activities can also be light on your purse, good for keeping the kids occupied as well as being hugely beneficial.
So what kinds of kid’s activities can help develop and nurture their creativity? Well the list is endless. It can be as simple as encouraging kid’s arts and crafts, listening to music, singing, dancing, or running around outside enjoying nature. Imaginary play is a very creative activity for children.
Sometimes reading a story, or encouraging a game based on a TV programme or film can fire the imagination of children. Other creative ideas, to occupy the kids could be dressing up games, putting on a show, making up songs, or growing something of their own in the garden.
The good thing about many of these creative activities is that they cost next to nothing and don’t need a lot of space, a computer or a TV. So another really good way, to beat the credit crunch and stop them staring at a screen for too long each day.