Keeping kids creative, especially during a pandemic, can be a challenge. Here are some fun and practical things you can try.
We’re all trying. But it gets hard sometimes. The kids have been home more than ever before. The urge to give in to screens has probably never been stronger. But in honor of Keep Kids Creative Week, we thought it was a good time to freshen our toolboxes with some fun and practical ideas for keeping them using their noodles.
- Listen to podcast stories and draw what they hear. If you have a favorite podcast, listening to stories is a great way to keep their imaginations going. Take it a step further and ask them to draw a picture of what they imagine the story or the characters look like.
2. Write their own stories. If they’re little, you can help by writing down what they tell you. The Story Pirates podcast is a great way to listen to fun stories, but also get story prompts to spark their imaginations for their own stories.
3. Write a song. If your kids play an instrument, have them write their own short song and put on a concert for you. This is a fun way to spice up piano practice!
4. Listen to a new type of music. Kids love music of all types. Try something new and just put it on during the day while you’re playing or doing chores. Music is good for the brain!
5. Do a Lego build battle. If Legos have gotten stale, or they’ve done all the kits, turn things around with a build battle. Give your kids a prompt like a treehouse or a castle and have them build the same thing and have a contest for small prizes.
6. Find something to upcycle. There are lots of ideas on the internet for upcycling old clothing, old containers, etc.
7. Try a new recipe. Find something you’ve always wanted to learn to cook or bake and try it out!
8. Try a new type of art. If your kiddos have never tried watercolor, colored pencils, pointillism, etc., now is the time to try it out!
9. Try some STEM or science projects. There are lots of monthly membership kits and books at the library that provide fun projects for kids to use creative problem-solving skills.
10. Try a coding program or a movie-making and editing program. If your kids are into tech, coding or moviemaking might be right up their alley. Check out local classes or find some fun things online. There are also affordable software programs.