Several times a day, my daughter asks me, “can we do an art project?” so we end up spending a lot of time with paints, glitter and glue. But I noticed that while Peeper dove into creating each masterpiece without worrying about what it would be or how it would turn out, I hung back.
I didn’t know what to make. I didn’t know where to start. I didn’t feel moved to get creative with my kids.
When it came to arts and crafts with my daughter, I was fresh out of ideas.
Sound familiar? If you need a gentle nudge toward trying on a child’s uninhibited inspiration, too, here are some ideas to get creative with your kids—even if you’re not an artist.
How to get creative with your kids
- Focus on the colors, not the form. Sometimes I stay stuck because I don’t know what to draw. But if I simply put colors on the page, I end up with something interesting. It may not be recognizable as any thing, but that’s kind of the point.
- Write it out. What quote is lighting a fire under you? What advice would you give your child? If you had to pick one word to define your life, what would it be? Paint that. And don’t worry about your crappy handwriting!
- Ask your kid. What does she want you to draw?
- Embrace stick figures—or blobs. You’re not an artist? Who cares. If we’re being honest, your munchkin is no Van Goh, either. When you get creative with your kids, no one cares that you can’t draw a straight line to save your life.
- Collaborate. Work on the same picture. You can make up a story about the scene you’re creating as you go along.
- Doodle. Let lines and loops unwind all over the page. Think of it as free association art.
- Plan to recycle it. When I sit down with peeper, I don’t expect to keep whatever I create. The expectation that my “art” will end up in the recycling bin takes off any pressure for my project to be “good.”Do you have any advice to get creative with your kids?