Girl with mother

10 Easy Keys for Encouraging Creativity:

  1. Take time with a child’s art.
  2. Show respect for the art and the artist’s process.
  3. Comment on fundamentals: lines, shapes and colors: “I see you used three colors.”
  4. Show curiosity: “How did you get this effect here?”
  5. Recognize the differences and changes: “Your drawings look bigger these days.”
  6. Ask open-ended questions: “Will you tell me about your picture?”
  7. Provide fuel for creativity: “What other materials do you need?”
  8. Resourcefully collect recycled boxes, tubes, and lumber scraps. Make 3-D creations.
  9. Change it up with a variety of drawing, painting, and clay materials.
  10. Avoid coloring books or overly structured outlets

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