Take a Road Trip

Take them to concerts, exhibitions, street performances and events in the park. There are a number of art activities held specifically for children, particularly during school holidays. Share your observations and talk to your child about their own reactions.

Let your child try a few different things.

What seems interesting initially might turn out to be too difficult or not in tune with their personality. Remember though not to let your child withdraw from lessons before the end of a term unless the activity is clearly upsetting them. Children need to learn that confidence at a task comes with practice over time.

Show interest in their creative expression.

Taking an active interest in what your child shows is a creative interest for them.  Find out from them where lessons are available or where equipment can be borrowed, rented or purchased. Offer to help out by making costumes or offering any equipment you might have.

Have fun!

Encouraging creativity in children doesn’t have to be directly related to a specific art or craft. Lots of fun activities encourage creativity. Singing or dancing helps develop a child’s sense of rhythm, melody, harmony and timing. Help your child to notice details such as patterns, colors, shapes, lines and textures by talking about images of natural beauty you see every day

Praise them.

When your child does produce their very own work of art, drama, or music take the time to recognize that and praise them. That is why we stick the painting on the fridge. Not because it is aesthetically pleasing, but rather because it tells children that we value their creative efforts. Avoid negative comments when giving feedback and encourage practice and care for any instruments or equipment they are responsible for.