Imagine you give a set of random objects to your child and she plays with it for a good amount of time. Long enough you could get things done or long enough to keep her quiet while baby naps.
And what if … you can get the same effect every time you need your child entertained?
Yes, it is possible.
And the best part, these are super efficient alternatives for screen time.
So if your children are often bored and get to use screens for entertainment, then continue reading.
You may be surprised how easy is to set up screen-free activities without any special ‘creative skills’ or expensive supplies.
So, yes, creative play is a simple solution for boredom and a great alternative for screen-time.
Creative play is any activity that includes expressing a child’s creativity and imagination.
Creative play is often hidden behind the term open-ended play or open-ended activities. Meaning, that is a kind of a play doesn’t have a specific end outcome or result. The end result can be anything your child creates.
What is important to know, opposite to common beliefs, children don’t need to be entertained. If you give them the right setting, designated space and time, they will figure out what to do on their own. Play is something kids love to do by their nature.
Children love being creative if they’re given the chance.
Creative play foster creativity and imagination in young kids. Encouraging creative play activities you are actually developing a love of the creative process in your child that will set excellent foundations for being a creative thinker and open-minded human.
Creative play activities are simple, yet, bring many benefits to a child:
Things like crayons, paints, colored paper, scissors, and glue should be basics in your creative play box, but there are literally hundreds of other things you can include as well. In our family, our favorite are household objects, like paper cups, paper plates, cupcake liners, and all the recyclables from our recycling bin.
Also, drama, music and dance require a very little of supplies.
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As you can see, creative play can be anything from drawing or building to dancing or baking. Really, any activity that is engaging a child’s creativity, encouraging experimenting, developing skills, learning and/or stimulating senses.
Inviting children to express their creativity with different tools brings their imagination and creativity on a surface.
So next time when you are tempted to pull out screen for entertainment, pull out this list of creative play ideas and you will finally be able to get some stuff done while your child is doing they job – playing.
If you find this useful, please take a moment and share it with other parents who may struggle with finding alternatives for screen-time.
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