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 the kids start school

5 Ways to encourage creativity at home… when your child is in school

Weekends

Wildlife gardening with kids building a log pile home

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.

Art Caddy

Upcycled Art Caddy

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

afterschool creative invitation - one of 5 ways to encourage creativity at home with kids that go to school

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

Sight Words activity to do whilst reading Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister

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

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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.

Author
Cerys Parker

Cerys is a marine biologist, environmental educator, high school teacher and mum. Realising that life doesn't have to be put on hold and you don't just have to survive whilst the kids are young she shares ideas to inspire you to LIVE with the kids, with activities to do together, recipes to cook and enjoy and family travel to make memories to last a lifetime.

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