I know we all remember playing outside until the street lights came on when we were little, and I think it’s such an important part of childhood. I truly believe kids need to use their imaginations and even get a little bored, because that’s when they’re the most creative. And while I’m definitely guilty of letting our kids use tech or distracting them with it, I think there’s a happy medium.
Whenever I feel like the kids have been cooped up or sitting behind screens, I like to bring in opportunities for them to feel creative. If you’re looking for something similar, here are 4 ideas that we personally love.
1 // Let them get behind the camera
It’s probably not a shocker that Sutton loves having her picture taken. She’s super comfortable in front of the camera, but she also has started to take her own pictures. Using the HP sprocket 2-n-1, we can instantly capture family moments, and Sutton can go around taking pictures of whatever she wants. She loves to then print the pictures and hang them on the fridge or in her bedroom. It’s pretty amazing what she decides to shoot, and the little things she finds interesting (like a bug or a pretty color). The whole family loves the HP sprocket 2-n-1 for this reason – it’s how we print a lot of our pictures these days. We’ve been longtime fans of HP and this is just another product of theirs that we can’t live without. Can’t recommend it enough!
2 // Have no tech days
For us, this means no TV, phones or iPads, and Michael and I try to do this alongside the kids. By not relying on tech, it almost forces you to think outside the box and be creative. We try not to frame this as a bad thing, but more as an opportunity to do things outdoors that don’t involve screens.
3 // Let them dress themselves
Greyson is still a bit young for this, but Sutton loves picking out her own clothes. I think this not only lets her be creative but gives her a sense of independence (even when she picks something that doesn’t necessarily make sense).
4 // Look at the clouds
On a cloudy day, I love to lay a big towel in our backyard and look up with the kids. It’s pretty hilarious the things Sutton sees in the clouds and what shapes or figures she points out. Half the time I think she might be making something up, but it doesn’t matter – she’s using her creativity and telling a story.
I’d love to hear what ideas you have for letting kids be creative. Please share!
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