Your child will always be grateful for support and encouragement in their creativity. Children are naturally creative creatures. There’s nothing like seeing the world with fresh eyes to get the creative juices flowing. As a parent you want to encourage creativity in your little ones. This has such potential for enjoyment – and maybe even a career – if properly cultivated in early life. One great way to do so is to set up a dedicated creative working space. Research suggests associating particular places with activities makes it easier to perform those activities. So if you want to help your child be creative, here are our top tips on putting together their very own creative space. Read on for a handy guide on how to set up a creative space for your child, including choosing the right place for your creative area and tips for keeping it clean – you may end up needing to remove chewing gum from clothes and other sticky stuff that have ended up on top of an experimental art project or get glitter out of carpets!
- Make sure you find somewhere quiet
Most importantly, choose a spot where your child is going to be able to concentrate. This might be tricky in a busy, family-filled home, but try and find a quiet corner somewhere or a secluded place where your child can sit undisturbed. If there’s nowhere obvious, you could create a little sanctuary by putting up some curtains or using furniture to create a small separate area. While this may not block out all noise, it’ll make your child feel slightly separate from the hustle and bustle of the household and so better able to concentrate.
- Match the space to your child’s interests
Once you’ve got somewhere suitable, it’s time to think about how to set things up. This will very much depend on the way in which your child is creative. Are they into arts and crafts? Put in a desk with lots of drawers and dividers so they can store all their craft supplies. Maybe they’re more musical? Include in the space whatever instrument they play, a music stand for scores and a shelf on which to put their notes.
- Fill it with colour and stimulation
If you’re going to have a space for creativity, you want it to be somewhere that inspires thoughts and ideas. Fill your child’s space with colour and art. There are lots of ways you can do this. Maybe hang multicoloured bunting on the walls, maybe print out some of your favourite artworks, stick them up and talk to your child about why you think they are good. For younger children, have a look through story and picture books. These often have beautiful illustrations which work well as pictures on the wall.
- Have a regular cleaning up routine
Having got your creative space up and running, the last thing to think about is a regular cleaning routine. It’s much harder to be creative in a mess. Children can make a lot of chaos when getting creative so teach them to tidy as they go along and provide the equipment to ensure they can get things cleaned up with no hassle. If you need advice on any trickier cleaning issues like how to remove chewing gum from clothes or how to get glitter out of the carpet, have a look at some of the useful resources online. Your child will always be grateful for support and encouragement in their creativity. Put together a quiet, but inspirational work space for them at home and who knows what they will achieve!