16 Ways to Encourage Creative Play in Your Kids

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Ways to Encourage Creative Play in Your Kids | Bianca Dottin

We always knew that Tatiana was a creative at heart. She’s always been outgoing and a burst of energy. As she grew older we wanted to find a way to encourage creative play so that she wouldn’t lose her creative edge because technology began to take over.

How do you encourage creative play in your kids? If you’re not sure where to start, here’s a few ideas.

16 Ways to Encourage Creative Play in Your Kids

1. Create a new recipe

2. Play school

3. Take an imaginary vacation

4. Write a story

5. Let them dress themselves

6. Bake a few sweets in the kitchen

7. Conduct a science experiment

8. Make some crafts

9. Build a Lego tower

10. Create a diorama

11. Play with puppets

12. Draw with sidewalk chalk

13. Dive into a game of Simon Says

14. Play musical instruments

15. Put on a fashion show

16. Build a sand castle

The best way to encourage creative play in your kids is to be an example. Limit their screen time and schedule time for them to express themselves. Show them what creative hobbies you have. Don’t be afraid to play and be silly with them.

Gymboree is our favorite place to shop for Tatiana’s clothes. Tatiana loves the styles that they have. Most of their collections are bright and colorful which reflects her personality. I love them because whatever pieces she styles can withstand literally any activity she chooses.

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9 Comments

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    Stacie
    02.23.18 at 3:11 pm

    I love this idea! I’m all about getting the kids to be creative in their play. Video games and other tech has its place, but so does letting the imagination take them away.

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    Cathi Crismon
    02.23.18 at 10:15 pm

    I LOVE this!
    I’m so worried about our young generation that’s growing up with tech in their hands 24/7. Cheers for getting kids out to play and along with using their bodies and minds actively!

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    Melissa
    02.24.18 at 12:14 am

    Those are a lot of great ideas for younger kids. I will keep this list when I take care of my nephews and nieces. I think cooking with the kids is a fun way to spend time then eat what you made.

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    Kathy
    02.24.18 at 1:15 am

    I think these are all such great ideas. My kids love doing a lot of these you have on your list. It’s great to get them doing something that doesn’t involve staring at a screen.

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    Scott
    02.24.18 at 2:40 am

    We encourages both our daughters to take up musical instruments starting in 4th grade. Now they can’t imagine their life without music!

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    Jennifer
    02.24.18 at 5:34 am

    These are great suggestions! So many of these can easily be done in our own homes, but we forget how fun they can be for little kids. Baking something new and fashion shows are my kids’ favorites!

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    Brandy
    02.24.18 at 4:38 pm

    This is really great! There are so many easy ways we can encourage creative play with our kids. Kids have a huge imagination and I think as adults, sometimes we accidentally remove that creative nature. When we use your ideas, we can get that creative side growing larger and maintained throughout the kid’s whole childhood which will be a helpful way to allow them to succeed as adults.

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    maria long
    02.25.18 at 8:40 pm

    These are great ideas. Too many parents find it easier to allow the kids to just sit infront of a screen. Trust me I know there were times it was easier than sending them outside or engaging them in something.

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    Vivian
    02.27.18 at 1:53 am

    I don’t have any kids yet, but I will use this advice with my nieces and nephews.

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