As your child’s mind continues to develop, you need to find ways to help keep their mind active during summer break. It’s so important for children to understand the value of learning new skills and pursuing their interests. When you know better, you can do better. One of the best ways to learn more and cultivate a love of learning is by facilitating a lifestyle of creativity. It’s wise to cultivate creativity for your child as well. If you don’t know where to start, consider some of the best ways to facilitate creativity for your child this summer.
1. Diverse Schedules
It can be tempting to let your child sit in front of the television for hours. Before you hand them the tablet, phone, or TV remote, be intentional about creating a schedule. It’s fine to include screen time in their daily routine. However, remember to include activities like reading, artwork, and technology. Even activities like puzzles, cooking, and playing with toys can be inventive and inspirational. Creating a routine for your child will help establish clear expectations so that they don’t go overboard during screen time.
2. Specialized Summer Camps
Summer camps can be a lot of fun for children to engage with others and learn about various subjects. Spending some time away from home will help your child become more independent while developing important social skills at the same time. Pay attention to the subject areas that your child gravitates to the most. Look for a quality summer camp in order to provide a well-rounded experience for your child. Always remember to do your research so that you can find a reputable camp.
3. Field Trips
In many cases, getting out of the house can be an excellent way to spark creativity. In addition to visiting places like the local swimming pool and park, visit places like a museum or zoo. Consider picking seasonal produce at the local orchards and farms to teach your child where food comes from. By helping your child get out of the house, it’s easier to take note of what their creative interests are.
4. Inspiring Conversations
Think about the people who you consider your favorite (that you know personally). In many cases, you love them because the conversations and interactions are positive ones. They typically inspire you in some way. When you’re able to connect with people you’re inspired by, you’re fueled to pursue what you are passionate about. Whether you’re inspired to work harder, develop a better evening routine or try a new recipe, you’re motivated. Begin that practice with your child by facilitating meaningful conversations. Even a simple question can invoke a great conversation at the dinner table. You never know what you might say that will spark your child’s creativity.
Oftentimes, people associate creativity with paintbrushes, dance moves, and singing. The musical arts and visual arts are definitely creative endeavors. However, the same holds true for the STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) subjects as well. Allow your child to explore, have fun and learn more about their strengths as you facilitate creativity for them this summer.
By Brooke Chaplan