The Gift of Creativity
‘Imagination is more important than knowledge, for knowledge is limited, whereas imagination embraces the entire world.” Albert Einstein
Parents- give your child gifts that will help creativity flourish. Giving your child freedom to create establishes self-esteem, which leads to more creativity. We are all born with natural creativity and it is only as we get older that our children start to doubt themselves and their abilities. It is our job as parents to encourage, nurture and provide a creative environment without judgment or criticism for our children to develop and explore their creativity.
Ideas to encourage creativity
· Set up a specific place where they can explore, create and make a mess.
· Encourage reading for pleasure and participate in the arts.
· If you choose to watch TV or movies, pick programs that are engaging and stimulating and start discussions with your children on the creative elements that go into making the programs.
· Encourage rehearsing a play, learning to draw and reading a book by a favorite author
· Stop caring what your kids achieve. The process is more important than the product.
· Ask – did you have fun? What did you like about that activity?
Gift suggestions to encourage creativity
· Art supplies
· A camera
· Costume components
· Building materials
Creating a gift basket for the creative child
· Include something for them to create (i.e. if they love to build things, a specific Lego set for them to work on)
· Include something about the thing they love to create (i.e. if it is dancing, maybe a book on ballet or a dance movie)
· Include something that helps facilitate the creation (i.e. if they love to write stories, how about soothing background music, or if they are into choreographing dances, some new headphones so they can play their song on repeat all day long without disturbing their parents!)
· Finally, make the wrapping of the gift basket follow the same theme (i.e. wrap up the budding musicians gift in an instrument case!)
For more ideas check out the below link to The Artful Parent blog
Kids' Art Kits :: 6 DIY Gifts To Inspire Creativity
Take a look at some family friendly shows happing in Toronto this month!
TSO's The Bear
Based on the book by Raymond Briggs, TSO is joining the new animated film in a live event.
Check out all the details here: TSO Website
Ross Petty's yearly pantomime is a great family tradition!
Get show information here: Cinderella: The Gags to Riches Family Musical
Another Toronto Christmas tradition is the Nutcracker. A great ballet for all ages performed by many companies around the city!
Get all the details here: Nutcracker Performances
Hansel and Gretel
For a non-Christmas show, check out Cow Over Moon Children's Theatre at Leslieville's Red Sandcastle Theatre. But hurry, they are almost sold out!
Get details here: Cow Over Moon Website
James and the Giant Peach
Toronto's go to theatre for children, YPT, is performing a new musical of Roald Dahl classic, James and the Giant Peach!
Get details here: YPT Website
Looking for more things to do around town? One of our favourite resources for family fun is Toronto4kids.com