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We recommend using 110 lb. card stock or better for most of our printables.  Please refer to the individual instructions to be sure.

 
CAUTION:

Some of our projects require items that could be swallowed by the very young.  We rely on the supervising adult's judgment to determine how appropriate a project is for each child.

 
 
Encouraging Play

 

Creativity is a very underrated aspect of childhood development.  Valuable skills sprout from the social interaction and imaginative participation we see when our children play.

This zealous need to "pretend" should be encouraged by loving parents and even nurtured.  There are a number of easy and inexpensive efforts that can be introduced to exercise the limitless imagination of childhood. 

 

Make Time for Play

The most obvious, yet most important way to nurture your child's creativity is to simply allow enough time for play.  In our overly-scheduled, hectic lives many of us create a strictly-enforced itinerary for our children as though they were corporate executives.  Amidst the orderly chaos of everyday life, we must remember to block in time for our children to play as well.

 

Provide Materials for Projects

Children's projects can be quite inexpensive.  The internet is filled with websites that offer free and nearly-free printable fun for children of all ages.  Parents should try collecting some of these projects ahead of time in an effort to maintain an inventory of play time materials.  But avoid directing the selection process.  This will encourage them to explore and express their creativity without rules.

 

As a parent, you can encourage free expression in your child by providing them with materials that can be used in various ways including:

 

♥  paper of all kinds

♥  crayons, markers, pencils

♥  scissors

♥  glitter

♥  water colors, tempera paint

♥  paint brushes

♥  play dough

♥  scraps of yarn, lace, ribbon

♥  modeling clay

♥  old magazines

♥  old Christmas cards

♥  old socks or cloth for hand puppets

♥  spare buttons

 

And don't forget to resist the urge to criticize or correct anything that they’ve done.

 

Limiting Electronic Toys

Unlike many who feel Electronic toys restrict free thinking, they can also be of benefit.  The best of them can improve memory skills, encourage analytic processes and increase the level of eye-to-hand coordination.  However, to their detriment, they will inhibit your child's social interactivity and reduce the flow of creative input.  Whereas, toys such as blocks, empty boxes and containers are a very inexpensive way to inspire imaginative play time.

 

Reading Will Expand a Child's World

Books can take children to far away lands, exciting situations and places without leaving their seats. One of the best ways for a parent to help expand a child's world is to read to them.  It will actively engage their imagination and open their minds to the "what ifs" that entice us all as we weave our way through life.

 

When you take the time to encourage a child's creativity, you may be nurturing an aspiring Einstein, Edison, Da Vinci or J. K. Rowling.  The possibilities are endless... 

 

 

 
 

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