Jan
21
2011

Creativity in Children

We believe creativity is “an image-of-God trait.” Creativity is what makes us human, different from animals, created in the image of God. We try to encourage creativity in our children in these ways.

Here are a few ways we encourage creativity in our home…

  1. We buy reams of paper to draw from. We have paper everywhere. We buy up cheap $.15 notebooks the children draw like crazy from. Pencils and pens are laying everywhere, and the kids are encouraged to draw all the time.
  2. We don’t pretend to have all the answers. We hesitate to offer solutions to their problems, at least right away. It is more interesting to see how the child will respond to a problem than it is to offer the solution right from the get-go.
  3. We provide working areas. Micah has taken over our garage, for instance, and he’s constantly making something or another out of wood, duct tape and glue. We encourage his creativity whenever we can.

How do you encourage creativity in your children?

About Chris & Wendy Jeub

The Jeub Family live in Monument, Colorado. They encourage couples to love God and love one another, building an atmosphere of love in their homes.

  • http://jent-manyblessings.blogspot.com JenT

    We do the same about the notebooks and letting them draw. I can see where a few of them have improved tremendously over the years. Our oldest is crazy about horses and we found a used book about learning how to draw horses.
    They also play with just about anything they can get their hands on. Sticks, wooden spoons, and even the vacuum attachment become swords and guns. Bandannas are used for anything imaginable. Scrap material, boxes, baskets, blankets things like that are built into houses or forts. My husband works with wood and will cut up scraps for them to use as blocks. They’ve built so many things with those. They have also been allowed to build their own things with scrap wood. My oldest made a wooden box, sanded, and stained it on her own and won second place in the fair in 2009. Things like that encourage them to keep on.
    There are so many things that spark creativity in children. I think one thing that has helped a lot is encouraging them to read and limiting movies. And we don’t do video games at all.

  • Abby

    Whe my oldest boy, Noah, was 9, my youngest had a peddle car which somehow broke. Noah decided to try and fix it himself by using (some) of my husbands tools. He gave up in a half hour but my husband could see he had almost done it, so told him to keep trying. What an accomplishment when he finally did-good as new at 9 years old. He got a thing for it from then on.

    He took all old bikes and scooters and such from the garage and started fixing them and doing them up. We also spread the word to friends and neighbors, and we now get all peddle cars bikes and scooters dropped at ours whenever someones done with them or they need fixing. Noah fixes them, and Lily (10) decorates them, repaints them or “pimps them up” as she puts it, so that they can be given away or passed down as good as new. We have to spend a bit of money on parts sometimes, but he’s learning so much.

    He has admitted since that he only started fixing the car initially to stop his brother crying so loudly. :) we generally just encourage like you guys otherwise, paper, pens and arts and crafts supplies are just everywhere in our house