Creativity and imagination are wonderful things to encourage in our children! They don’t just get value from the act of doing art and make-believe alone, but can also take the skills they learn from thinking creatively into all aspects of their lives.
I don’t know about you, but with a busy toddler and a newborn baby this year, I’ll be doing most of my holiday shopping online, so I rounded up some great things I’ve been finding.
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Also, check out my STEM gift idea post: Best STEM Gift Ideas for Playful Learning
Of course, what creativity list wouldn’t include art supplies? Here are some basic starter pieces. I was a creative kid, and I never felt like I had enough art supplies! Cracking open a new box of crayons was always a fun luxury.
Also check out Melissa and Doug’s art supplies and toys. Lots of great stuff!
OPEN-ENDED CREATIVE TOYS
Having some toys and materials around that don’t have just one or two ways to play with it are a great way to encourage creative play. If they get bored or stuck in a rut with something, try challenging them with a question. For example, “I wonder if you could build a bridge with the Legos that goes from the coffee table to the couch?”
IMAGINATION & DRESS UP PLAY
These kinds of kits and dress ups have always been a major hit with children I’ve worked with, but you know your kid better than I do–perhaps there’s another imagination or dress up world they would love?
BOOKS THAT ENCOURAGE THE INNER ARTIST
The Dot is one of my favorite books ever, and Beautiful Oops is one of my toddler’s favorites.
ART PROJECT IDEAS
If you aren’t looking to purchase anything right now and would rather set up a project with supplies you already have, check out my Pinterest board all about that!