7 Ways to Encourage Your Toddler's Creativity

Photo by: Selena Burgess
Not Too Young
Sure, it's messy. Life in general with toddlers is messy. The sooner you get over that (it took me a while), the more fun you can have with your kids. Also know ... more 
Photo by: Selena Burgess
Not Too Young
Sure, it's messy. Life in general with toddlers is messy. The sooner you get over that (it took me a while), the more fun you can have with your kids. Also know that even the youngest of tots enjoy them a good messy paint session. They may try to eat it more often than their older siblings, which is fine, because of course you are using non-toxic paint, right? My Abby had herself a grand old time making handprints. It was adorable the way she opened her mouth in concentration and took an active role in the creative process. Kids really do get it, even the really young ones. I'm not gonna lie, she also enjoyed trying to stick everything in her mouth and bathing herself in paint plus squishing it around between her hands and toes. Oh, the glory.
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Wed, Sep 5, 2012 2:04 PM EDT
Creativity comes naturally to us humans, as a part of our development in how we learn, how we listen, how we make life enjoyable. Engaging your kids in art and craft activities may seem simple (or not … we all know it can get really messy, really fast), but the effects on a child's emotional, mental and spiritual growth can be directly related to their freedom to be creative. In other words, the importance of creative development is that it enables your child to succeed. Not just at making something, but in achieving multiple levels of skill development, stimulating their minds and finding new ways to express themselves. Here are 7 ways to encourage your toddler's creativity! - By Selena Burgess

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