Keep Kids Creative Week {2016}

Life is a little different for kids these days. All too often, free play time is eaten up by to-do lists, activities, and screen time. Free play is more than running around the backyard screaming–unbridled artistic creativity is an important part of it, too. Keep Kids Creative Week, observed September 18-24, was launched to celebrate the innate creativity that all children posses.

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Some argue that due to educational and societal pressures, as well as technology use, children are losing their abilities to think outside the box. Between our busy schedules, focus on success, and the distraction of technology, children just don’t have as much free time today. Allowances for the unbound, creative process isn’t a priority for most families when weighed against schoolwork, extracurricular activities, and the busyness of everyday life.

©H. Garvey | Little Lake | 2016
© H. Garvey | Little Lake | 2016

All children are artists, and it is an indictment of our culture that so many of them lose their creativity, their unfettered imaginations, as they grow older.

Madeleine L’Engle

Although true creativity can be fostered in structured environments like art classes, there is no need for that kind of formality. As A Wrinkle In Time author L’Engle said, all children are artists, and as parents we can nurture that spirit. Over at the Keep Kids Creative website, they talk about how to brainstorm ideas with children. Childrens’ abilities to effectively walk through this process, and recognize the validity of their ideas, has far reaching benefits outside of creating art or stories. This confidence-building experience can help them throughout their education and professional lives. To get the ball rolling, check out this great list of ideas they’ve put together.

@H. Garvey | Little Lake County | 2016
© H. Garvey | Little Lake County | 2016

An easy way to exercise your creative muscles as a family with zero prep (and no mess!) is to tell a story as a family. This can be done around the dinner table, at bedtime, or in the car– just about anywhere. Each family member can add a few lines developing characters, setting the scene, and charting out the plot. Children of all ages can participate in the process.

©H. Garvey | Little Lake | 2016
©H. Garvey | Little Lake | 2016

Consider Keep Kids Creative Week an opportunity to reclaim some of that your children’s innate creative spirit. Open up the closely guarded craft box  and let their imaginations run wild. Step away from the table and let them work free of your loving, guiding hand. Your kids will love it, and the mess won’t be that bad–hopefully.

What is your favorite way to get your kids’ creative juices flowing? 


About Holly Garvey 78 Articles
Stay-at-home mom who works! On again/off again work in family real estate business, babysitter, dog rescue and historical society volunteer all while chasing my new-found dream to be a writer.I live in Antioch with my husband, Jake, and kids, Cecilia (5) and Mark (3), and our dog Isabella. I'm an aspiring vegan (I cheat a lot), Jazzercise addict and runner. As a family, we love to travel and spend time outdoors. I love to go antique shopping and garage sale-ing, cook, and read in my (rare) free time.

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