There is a lack of creativity in America’s children. Because of education geared towards testing, many creative outlets are stifled during school hours. Too many extracurricular activities and structured play makes for an unimaginative child who cannot entertain herself. This article (http://www.parenting.com/article/creative-play?cid=searchresult) listed several ways to ensure your child is creative. They were good, but were not very thorough, and some parents who are not super creative themselves, may have a hard time implementing the tips. Here are my ways to keep your child’s imagination going strong:
Let them play ALONE. Do not interfere, do not correct, do not lead; just let them play. One of the best pieces of advice I ever got from a parenting book was “If your child is happily playing, LEAVE THEM ALONE “. And I do. If they ask me to join in, I will, but I play by their rules. I am a dragon who lives in the ocean and eats hotdogs? OK. We are going to the moon to see the Grand Canyon which is right beside Niagara Falls? Alrighty then. Whatever they can imagine.
Go outside. In Central Kentucky this winter, we have been blessed with unseasonably warm weather. Open the back door and send the children out to play and take advantage of this gift of sunshine. Many great games have been invented outside on a warm day.
Let them play with things that don’t “go together”. Like sidewalk chalk and pieces of wood, baby dolls and blocks, cars and shaving cream. It can be very interesting and entertaining to see the fun games children can come up with when given odd items.