Creativity Series: Creative Alterations for Kids
In my last post on creativity, I discussed the concept of “creative alterations.” Making even minor modifications to instructions (like adding an ingredient to a recipe) can get the creative juices flowing. This week, after taking Stella to art class, I started thinking of creative alterations that would help spark the creativity of kids. In her class, Stella was given the choice of painting with either a wooden stick or a paintbrush. But she asked her teacher, “Can I use my hands instead?” The teacher thought this was a great idea and I was so proud that Stella was brave enough to ask this question. Just this minor alteration allowed Stella to experiment more with her art project and to feel the textures she was working with. This was a simple alteration, but certainly a creative one too.
Creative alterations with kids can be this simple, but also quite impactful. Try:
1. Building original LEGO structures; forget those kit instructions for a while
2. Mixing colors (of paint, chalk, Play-Doh)
3. Creating new yoga poses
4. Reading stories in a silly voice
5. Drawing/coloring on newspaper, catalogs, or stationary (instead of plain, white paper)
6. Mixing party themes – This happened to us recently. Stella wanted a football AND tutu birthday party…so we came up with a “Touchdowns and Tutus” party!
7. Use your hands or feet instead of a paintbrush
8. Stack books, cards, or toy cars instead of blocks
9. Dance to music you’ve never heard before
10. Read a book backwards
Try modifing your child’s activities by making one of these minor creative alterations. These minor changes can add big fun to your day and also spark some creative thinking as well.