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Encouraging Creativity

Learn By Example

Posted by agirlandaboy on Nov. 21, 2012 at 12:00 AM

Do you think creativity can be taught? I think a little yes and a little no. What I'm 100 percent sure of, though, is that creativity is contagious, and that one creative person can inspire creativity in another. The more your kids are exposed to things like art, music, dance, and theater, the more likely they'll be to find a form of creativity they love.

My sons have fairly creative parents--my husband's a musician and actor, and I'm into music, photography, dance, crafts, and writing--but there's still only so much we can teach them at home. Starting when my older son was a teeny-tiny infant, we've always taken him along on our outings to places where we'd see creative people being creative, and in his four years so far, he's been to art galleries, children's museums, plays, puppet shows, two rinky-dink community chalk-art festivals, and countless music performances--everything from outdoor festivals to bar gigs (yes) to buskers playing for dollar bills on the street. Earlier this fall we went to a street fair and watched spraypaint artists create psychedelic murals, saw a group of b-boy dancers popping and locking on a square of cardboard, and heard a concert made up of a dozen pint-sized violinists.  

If you want to expose your preschooler to the wide spectrum of art and artists out there, all you have to do is keep your eyes open for opportunities. You don't have to take your kids to the opera or a modern dance concert (although I grew up going to both and loved them), and you don't have to spend a lot of money either. Check local parenting magazines and websites for (free!) events in your area, and be especially on the lookout for activities that invite audience participation. (Drum circle, anyone?) Heck, letting your kid spend an afternoon with a friend who's a really good illustrator could inspire him to greatness.

The world is full of creative people--dancers, musicians, circus artists, nature artists, ice sculptors, glass blowers, maybe even the guy who makes pretty designs with the foam on your latte. Let your kid be a creative person too.

What kinds of creative people are inspiring your kids?

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by cara124 on Nov. 28, 2012 at 10:11 AM

I sew a lot so the kids are exposed to that quite often ... My mom is very crafty in her ideas to reuse things so the kids are exposed to her ideas as well . I fell the world around them exposes their creative sides more than anyone person would .

by Madelaine on Nov. 28, 2012 at 10:20 AM

My mom and sisters

by GwenMB on Nov. 28, 2012 at 10:30 AM

My oldest enjoys music, he loves being around others who are playing instruments or singing.  I took him to an event at our library on Civil War music - 3 performers (2 adult women & one 8 yo girl, all in period costumes) sang music from the Civil War era.  He loved that!  (He also enjoyed another program on corsets & how women dressed from the Civil War era to the 20th century - not sure if the historical aspect interested him or the discussion about clothing/design.  He does love history, though)

Being in a rural area, there aren't as many opportunities.  But I do try to take him to as many as I can.

by MamaBear2cubs on Nov. 28, 2012 at 10:44 AM

Great article,TFS

by dusky_rose on Nov. 28, 2012 at 12:13 PM

My youngest dd is very creative and my youngest son loves music and it learning so much in Kindergarten.