Meet the Sullivans: Five to Follow: Incouraging Creativity in Young Children

April 2, 2014

Five to Follow: Incouraging Creativity in Young Children

There is nothing like the sweet, creative imaginations of young children. Even at just two years-old I can already see Owen is truly in his element when he is playing pretend. I want to do my very best to foster his imagination and encourage him to use his imagination. The value of a creative mind can often be underestimated in the "real world", but it is the foundational skill responsible for teaching mathematics and scientific thinking. Creativity is not all fun and games, my friends.

Creative thinking involves imagination, basic use of the scientific method, communication, physical dexterity and exertion, problem posing, problem solving, making interpretations, and using symbols which help with future literacy skills.

As I began my search for additional activities, books and games we could do together at home I knew the best place to start was on Pinterest. There are so many boards out there made by creative moms and educators, and it's any easy place to find exactly what you're looking for. Pinterest is so user friendly!

Here are a few boards I've been pinning from lately to help me find fun activities for Owen and I to do together that will help expand, ignite and inspire his creativity.

1. Ellen Dillion of Parenting Smarts created this board (and many other great ones) on curiosity and creativity. Her pins for parents are some of my very favorites. She always gives me great new ideas! Don't miss her board on Nature Play!

2. This board is all about the best books for your toddler. There is nothing better for helping your child expand their vocabulary or imagination like reading to them. It is one of our favorite passtimes to do together. And it's an easy way to get in a few extra cuddles with an otherwise busy toddler!

3. Growing Creative Kids is a shared collaborative board on Pinterest, meaning there are many people who contribute the pins that make up this board. The ideas and resources are endless -- there are 6, 087 pins to browse!

4. This my own board where I have been collecting all kinds of ideas for Owen since I was pregnant with him. It is the catchall for the ideas I have been collecting over the last two-and-a-half years.

5. This is BlogHer's official board for Disney's all new Tinker Bell movie, The Pirate Fairy! The board is FULL of fantastic and inspirational ideas for inspiring creativity. All of the cute activities are centered around Disney's new movie The Pirate Fairy. Owen has been really into pirates and Captain Hook lately, so all of these ideas are right up our alley! I especially love the ideas for making your own fairy garden and sunken pirate treasure sensory sink.

Speaking of pirates and fairies, did you know that the all-new Tinker Bell movie The Pirate Fairy is now available on Blu-ray™ and Digital HD? You can order your copy HERE! It would be a fun surprise in any child's Easter basket! Be sure to check out the Disney Fairies Facebook page for more information.

I'm so excited to get started on our own fairy garden this week! Did you see any new ideas here today to help you and your kids get extra creative? 


hello erin said...

i love watching them play pretend!! i kinda miss when my imagination worked like that! i bet lex would looove pirate fairies. i mean swashbuckling fairies- whats not to love?!

Tiffany said...

I love seeing Sydney use her imagination!
Ps- that movie is adorable!

Colleen Sullivan said...

I soooo wish I was as creative as Owen is! I am not nearly as good at playing cars or hiding from "pirates" as he is!

Colleen Sullivan said...

Isn't it?! I can't wait to watch it!!