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7 Ways to Engage & Encourage Your Toddler's Creativity

By Selena Mae |

CreativityWe’re creative folk around here. Of this some of you may know. However, being creative or making creativity a mandatory part of the everyday for your children doesn’t mean that anyone in the house has to be a Bono or a Picasso. There are so many ways to be creative, many of which we do without even thinking about it. Creativity comes naturally to us humans and we revel in it organically, as a part of our development in how we learn, how we listen, how we make life enjoyable.

Engaging your kids in art and craft activities may seem simple enough (or not … we all know it can get really messy, really fast), but the effects on a child’s emotional, metal and spiritual growth can often be directly related to their freedom to be creative. A couple of days ago, fellow Toddler Times writer Mary Lauren shared her list of 20 Essential Art Supplies That Every Toddler Needs. Awesome list.

It’s up to us to set those wheels in motion, to gather supplies and set the stage. To show them the way without too much direction or intrusion. There is a time and place for both free play and focused play. When a toddler gets to create a vibrant painting or a caterpillar out of egg cartons, or a walkie-talkie out of toilet paper rolls, their confidence soars. Obviously, it also promotes their hand/eye coordination; ability to use a crayon, pencil, marker, paintbrush, etc. They learn how to grasp things and naturally turn to drawing shapes, numbers, letters and faces. Animals, trees … basically anything their imagination musters up, or whatever they are currently obsessed with. (For my little guy it’s all of the above).

In other words, the importance of creative development is that it enables your child to succeed. Not just at making something, but in achieving multiple levels of skill development, stimulating their minds and finding new ways to express themselves.

Below are my Top 7 Ways To Engage & Encourage a Toddler’s Creativity…

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Top 7 Ways To Engage & Encourage Your Toddler's Creativity

Engage & Encourage

Engage with your tot. Get dirty with them. My little guy used to actually freak out when we first started to do finger painting with him. By making painting and other arts & crafts a common occurrence, he got over that real fast. It's amazing really, how much a young child's self esteem grows when they get to create their own art. Wyndham's little chest puffs out and he's clearly feeling like a rock star when he creates a masterpiece. As he should.

Totally off topic and in the interest of being straight up, I have a confession —which is quite clear from my pictures as of late. Some of you may know that we are a cloth diapering family. Recently I’ve been battling some health issues that affect my mobility and quite frankly can’t keep up with everything. So disposable diapers it’s been and we feel fine about it. More or less. Maybe I didn’t need to say anything about that … but cloth diapering was always a part of how we try to live our lives sustainably. So while I struggle with the realism that I can’t do everything I want to right now, the whole cloth diapering vs. sposie’s debate is really getting old. I’ve always thought this way. Us parents do what we have to do. Just putting that out there.

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Selena is a crafty, culinary mom. Creative Director. Social Media & Branding Consultant. Regular writer on Disney Baby. Part-time big-mouth & frequent foot-eater. Proud of her Anishinaabe roots.

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Selena Mae

Selena Burgess is crafty, a culinary expert, and a professional wrangler of the toddler variety. When the chaos permits, she writes stories and is addicted to documenting everyday life. Selena is proud of her Anishinaabe roots, and is the type of woman you want to revel (or kvetch) in motherhood with. Read bio and latest posts → Read Selena's latest posts →

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