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…
- 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.
- 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.
- 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?