Tips on how to nurture your kids’ creative side

Little minds are full of imagination and big ideas. Most kids have a natural instinct to be creative, so all you need to do is help nurture it. Participating in art activities does more than just boost their creativity, it also helps them develop mentally, emotionally and socially. From keeping them busy over the school holidays, to simply inspiring them to be more creative, these are some tips for helping unleash your kids’ artistic talents.

1 Give them the essential artists’ tools
Do you have colouring pencils, paints and sketchbooks on hand? Stock up your arts cupboard so that whenever inspiration strikes, you’re ready to cater to their creativity. A sketchbook and pencils are a good place to start and require minimal space (and create little mess!). Watercolours, paints and an easel will also give them variety and a chance to explore where their true artistic talents really lie. 

 

2. Set aside time to get creative
Sitting in front of a TV or being glued to a smart device can stunt their creative thoughts. Moving them away from distractions will free their minds to focus on the artistic task at hand. On weekends, dedicate an hour or two to tech-free creative exploration. Letting them choose the art activity can help if they’re resistant to giving up their devices.

3. Help them learn new techniques
Children learn most of their artistic talent simply by doing, but surrounding them with inspiring and thought-provoking activities will help encourage them. Our smART program of interactive activities in-centre this month is a great place for them to think outside the box and learn new skills, like how to create animation through flipbook art, or working with others to create a colour by numbers masterpiece. Click here for more details on our smART activities. 

4. Avoid giving them too much direction
Creativity can’t be forced and shouldn’t be restricted. For kids, you need to let it come naturally. Guide them in the activity (such as suggesting they draw their favourite animal), but other than that, just sit back and watch. Ask them questions that encourage them to think about what they’re doing and get them to explain their process.