The hardest thing I have found with J starting school is the time that we have lost that we got creative together - whether it was playing, craft activities, nature walks, story telling - with school 5 days a week and him so tired when it finishes it was an area that was missing. So we've been working in ways to encourage the creativity at home and together and here's 5 ways that have worked for us -
5 Ways to encourage creativity at home... when your child is in school
Weekends are our main creative time with school 5 days a week, but how we approach it has changed. It's full on family time, we get creative in the garden, indoors or out and about or days are filled with working together in the garden creating a vegetable garden and growing seeds for our summer produce, taking walks with the dog and collecting nature finds as we go, painting - junk modeling, even cleaning the house has got creative with dancing as we go.
I shared my upcycled art caddy here a while ago - it's just the cutlery tray from the old dishwasher but is perfect for storing our pens, pencils, scissors and some glue with it easily accessible for J I often find him at the dinning room table drawing or cutting and sticking making little items for me and his friends and family.
Setting up invitations to create
Once a week before I head off to collect J from school I have set up the table with an invitation to create and as we arrive home we have a snack and then J, T (preschool age) and I sit down and use the materials we have set up to create together for an hour before I head to cook dinner for us all.
Creative learning for reading and sight words
Each week we're given a reading book and work through the sight words, thinking up and getting creative with these helps to encourage creativity at home - we've played sight word skittles, shared scales to learn our sight words and many other ways as well
Get creative yourself
The best way to encourage creativity at home is to get creative yourself - whether you paint, draw, model, garden, cook, decorate sharing your creativity with the kids is the best way to encourage and keep the creativity flowing once the kids are at school.