5 Efficient Ways To Promote Creativity In Kids 5 & Older

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It’s been awhile since I’ve accepted a guest post but this one I couldn’t resist!  Let mom Hannah Tong teach you these 5 effective and efficient ways to promote creative in your children that are over 5 years old!  

5 Efficient Ways To Promote Creativity In Kids 5 And Older

Creativity isn’t just an inborn talent. Rather, it’s a skill that you, as a parent, can help your kids to develop it. These five efficient ways to promote creativity in kids five and older will ensure to bring out their talents and make them a more flexible person.  Keep in mind that creative people are more flexible than those who aren’t too creative. They are also better at problem solving. In this list, you’ll find some ideas for fostering creativity in your children.

1. Give them the right resources

The best resource is your time. Your children need time for child-directed play or unstructured game with an adult direction that doesn’t depend on commercial stuff.  You’ll also need huge space for it. However, if you don’t mind those creative messes, you can just let them play in your living room. But if you’re not fond of messes, try giving them a particular place where they can purge their creative juices.  Space can be in your attic if they want to play dress-up. Or they can do some painting games in your garage.  If one of their godparents would ask for a gift suggestion for your kids, tell them to provide art supplies, building materials or costume materials. Then, put all of them in a bin where your children can easily pull out and organize.

2. Promote a creative atmosphere at home

Apart from giving your kids creative spaces, you’ll also need to provide or promote a creative environment for them. You may solicit different ideas. But don’t evaluate their thoughts, just yet.  At dinnertime, you could ask your kids what they want to do on the weekend that they haven’t done before. Tell them what ideas are possible and choose which ones are the best. Creative activities focus on generating new ideas and not evaluating them.  Don’t scold them when they make mistakes. Kids who fear failure will never have a creative thought. Tell them that it’s okay to fail.  In your house, you may wish to cover your walls with some art stuff. Share your favorite artists and musicians with your kids. Let them know about your passion for photography.  If you need to introduce games, make sure that they are simple. Don’t use the greatest or latest toys.

3. Let them explore their ideas

Never be bossy at home. You should not try to have that idea that your kids will be kidnapped or not getting into colleges. Your kids will never be the happiest people if they go to an Ivy League school.  Allow them to discover the world and use all of their senses. You may wish to take them to the library or museum. Let them imagine what will be like to go to an African Safari.  As you activate their senses, you’re also triggering their creativity. Allow them to think and imagine what would a safari look like and what would the smell be like. What kind of noises would the animals make?

4. Encourage your kids to participate in arts

These days, your might be hooked to TVs and other gadgets. They might want to use the social media to converse with their friends.  But these habits would disrupt their creativity. Instead, you must make room for creative activities. For example, you may rehearse a play or teach them how to draw. You may also read them books written by their favorite author or yours.  You may also enroll them in an art class, like a piano lesson, ballet dancing, karate, and so on and so forth. Several classes are being offered today that be useful in getting those creative juices of your kids to work.  At home, you may also encourage your kids to express their thoughts. Allow them to disagree with you. Ask them some questions and let them find a solution.  If they have solved the problem, ask them to resolve it using a new way, i.e. same answer but a different route. Encourage them to create more solutions to the same problem you’ve raised.  These things will surely make them think harder. They’re also forced to use their creativity to think of solutions.

5. Assist them in pursuing their passion

If they love ballet, let them dance and enroll in a ballet class that accepts five years old. On the other hand, if they wish to play the piano, they can sign up for a piano class.  Ensure that they have the materials that they need to pursue that passion. If your son is interested in geology, buy him books on this subject. Then, go to some museums or places where he can explore rock samples.

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Never Reward Your Kids

No matter how tempting it is, never reward your children for exhibiting their creative side. The reason for this is that any incentives can interfere with their creative process. They also reduce their ability or respond adequately and be flexible of their thought.  Instead, let them pursue things that they’re intrinsically motivated to do. Don’t motivate them by giving rewards or incentives.  It’s also important to stop caring what they’ve achieved. Instead, ask them about the entire process. Did they have fun? Ask them what things they liked about the activity.  As a parent, your kids can learn a lot from you. So, you need to be creative too. When your children are drawing or coloring, join them.  If your kids would ask you to help build an art jungle, don’t hesitate to lend your helping hand. It’s your opportunity to bond with your children and have a fun time with them.

Being creative is no longer an innate ability. Rather, it can be fostered and nurtured. But the current school system may suppress it. Creativity is vital for our global economy. Thus, we need to promote it, and it has to start with our kids. Think of it, not as a trait, but as a proficiency that can be acquired or taught. Your kids should start to embrace creativity as part of learning. Use these five efficient ways to promote creativity in kids five and older. These methods incorporate emotional and cognitive functioning that can truly purge your kids’ creative juices.

About the Author

Hannah Tong is the founder of Omaby.com, a blog dedicated to providing accurate advice to mothers regarding childcare. She loves taking care of her kids and teaching them the right things. She is also enthusiastic and loves sharing her experiences to teach others about how to care for their families’ health. Check the latest article (Child’s development) here.

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113 Replies to “5 Efficient Ways To Promote Creativity In Kids 5 & Older”

  1. My kids are super into science experiments, so we do A LOT of those around here. I just got my kids each a book filled with new ones for us to try.

    1. I love that you’re teaching your kids about how fun science can be! It can be overwhelming and intimidating so I’m so excited about those experiment kits they make now! That’s really awesome that you’re being proactive about teaching your kids and I remember my parents buying me a lot of books for science projects to try! I hope I can find them again! Thanks for visiting Robin! Hope to connect with you again soon <3

  2. I think the most important part of what you said here is to LET THEM EXPLORE! Too often, parents shut their kids down and they stop being so curious… And at the end of the day, creativity comes from a willingness to explore curiosity.

    1. Curiosity is so key in development in cognitive skills as our kids grow up! Allowing them to explore really exercises those skills and helps them develop! Thanks so much for sharing your thoughts with me! I hope to connect again soon Alexa!

  3. Encouragement! THAT is the # 1 thing any parent can do!

    1. That is like our number 1 job right? It’s amazing how much we actually forget that! Thanks for stopping by!

  4. These are great tips. I love that you mentioned never reward. It really does mess with the creative side. Kids are great creatures who need just as much time to embrace creativity as we do!

    1. That’s wonderful! I’m so glad you think so! There are so many ways to parent and reward our kids. This is just one way that works for her kids. I love that you share your thoughts! Thanks so much for visiting!

  5. It starts at home, you are so right! Great tips!

    1. Thank you! I’m glad that you agree! I hope we can connect again soon Allison!

  6. Jeanine @ sixtimemommy.com says: Reply

    It for sure starts at home! I’ve always thought this, and think these are really great ways to promote creativity!

    1. Thank you! I’m so glad you take the time to teach your kids at home as well! You’re doing such a great job of being a wonderful parent! Thanks for visiting!

  7. Great tips! Starting at home and encouraging them is so important!

    1. We are our kids biggest encourager and doing things like art really helps bring out individual personalities!! Thanks for stopping by!

  8. Lauren Cheely says: Reply

    Fantastic Tips! I am always looking for ways to start encouraging my son!

    1. I just love how simple these tips are and it just requires just a little bit of your time and what your child learns in that small time will carry itself on as it builds cognitive creative skills they will be using in the future! It’s a win win! Thanks for visiting!

  9. Kara Crowe Hyvarinen says: Reply

    I love when my boys get creative. They always surprise me with their talent!

    1. It’s always fun for me to sit down with my son as he describes his art! It’s amazing what his tiny brain can create! I’m always surprised too of my own kids talent! We definitely need to encourage these kinds of activities! Thanks for visiting!

  10. What a beautiful post. I’m a big believer in letting them explore and learn from different activities. Kids are creative by nature and I believe they just show it in different forms. To provide different tools will give them the opportunity to explore and find out what they like and also help develop self esteem.

    1. I agree with you! Finding their own creative niche is a great way to build their self esteem and confidence! I believe art is such a great way to promote that because not one piece of art is the same and we add our own personal touches to these ! Thanks so much for sharing your thoughts!

  11. Katie Carlson says: Reply

    I like your idea of them getting more involved in the arts. This can include coloring too and really gets their creative juices going!

    1. I agree, it’s weird how art is such an important milestone in children to help us develop cognitive skills but we stop doing basic art like drawing and color as we get older. It would only make sense to continue into our adult years to exercise those cognitive skills they help develop at such early ages! Thanks for sharing your thoughts!

  12. Sondra Barker says: Reply

    All five of these are really great ways to get your kids to be creative and involved! I am so glad you enjoy things like art with your kids, instead of other people who just give their kids a phone or Ipad to keep them busy.


    1. Art is a great way to keep kids busy! They can exercise their imagination and creativity while mama does the dishes lol! Thanks for sharing your thoughts!

  13. I worked in five school districts and I never saw one instance of a teacher or school suppress creativity. Like you, we believe that creativity is the answer to the world’s problems! Your suggestions are all good ones!

    1. I love that idea of thinking creativity is the answer to our world’s problems! We need to encourage this creativity to develop innovative new ways to solve our problems in real life! Thanks for sharing your thoughts!

  14. Jessica Taylor says: Reply

    I always reward my kids. I had no idea it would interfere with their creative side!

    1. There are so many sides so rewarding your kids! Lots of different studies! It’s best to read up on all of them and decide for yourself what works for you and your kids 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

  15. It’s really important to be supportive of their aspirations. Kids would want to explore, paint, play, and all that, with the right tools you can help develop their creativity. This is really good advice for parents!

    1. Thank you for sharing your thoughts! I think its important to nurture aspirations and their creativity to get to those aspirations! Thanks for visiting!

  16. Love all five of these suggestions. I’m a firm believer in learning through play!

    1. I’m glad you agree! I’m so thankful for all kinds of parenting! Thanks for visiting!

  17. These are great ideas! We often unplug for the weekends and the kids love making up plays and music for us. We don’t reward them for being creative (besides be proud) but that makes sense! Great post!

    1. That’s really amazing to unplug for the weekends! I love camping trips for that reason! Thanks for sharing your thoughts! I hope to connect with you again soon!

  18. These are brilliant tips! Need to send this to my sister – she’s got two little kids and I swear she’s not doing as much as she could be with their free time. They do live on a farm so I guess most of the time they are just running around haha x

    1. Haha, I bet she’s doing a lot more than you may know Tereza! These tips are great for anyone who has kids! I’m sure you can help her do these with her kids so you can watch their creativity grow and see them really love what they do! Thanks so much for sharing your thoughts! I hope we can connect again soon!

  19. It’s really important to be supportive of their goals and dreams. Kids would want to explore, with the right tools you can help develop their creativity and their personality. Loved your post!

    1. Thank you! I’m so glad you agree that creativity is also key to development and how each child can grow from those moments to create and mold their personalities! Thanks so much for sharing your thoughts! I would love to connect with you again soon!

  20. What fabulous tips! I can remember being 5 and thinking how fun the world was to explore and imagine wonderful things! Now with my friends’ kids it’s so fun to encourage them to open their minds and hearts to the world as a warm, welcoming place. These are great ideas to encourage kids to explore their world and use their minds towards creating fun.

    1. I love how much we remember those good times when we are kids! The ability to be creative is so much fun to watch in kids now because you can literally see how they put things together! Thanks for sharing those memories with me! I hope to connect with you again soon! <3

  21. Ra'Nesha Wilson says: Reply

    these are really important tips I will share these with a few new Mom’s I know.

    1. Thank you so much for sharing these with your friends! <3

  22. Melissa Chapman says: Reply

    I don’t exactly reward but I do praise my kids when they do special work or creative projects is that the same thing? I like all your tips to promote creativity which tech gadgets sometimes impede.

    1. Praise and encouragement is key in basic development of kids. It’s so important on their mental health, self-esteem, and temperament! Think of this negative reward system as performance based. This reward system basically teaches your kids the “right” way to do something without having to think for themselves and use those creative skills that works for them! Thanks so much for your question! I would love to connect with you again soon Melissa! Thanks for sharing your thoughts !

  23. I do think creativity is an innate ability, which can also be fostered. Encouraging your kids in that ability will help them feel more confident in pursuing their creativity as will providing them with the tools they need to develop it, whether it be art of technology.

    1. I remember taking my first Art History 101 class in college and remembered how much they emphasized the importance of art in childhood development. They stated that although creativity is not something we’re born with, ANYONE can, in fact, be creative with just a little bit of practice 🙂 Thanks for sharing your thoughts! I look forward to connecting with you again soon! 🙂

  24. Marceline Dementori says: Reply

    It’s all about the support that we give them and the encouragement as well. It’s nice to be able to nurture your child’s creativity especially if they have so many things that they’d like to try!

    1. The sky is the limit! Or is it? I love challenging my boys too by encouraging them to do what they love, create what they want, and enjoy it all! Thanks for stopping by!

  25. Great tips! I was quite surprised when I read the last one, but it obviously makes a sense! The result of the creativity is a reward itself:)

    1. I love Hannah’s insight on the reward system! Thanks for sharing your thoughts!

  26. Elizabeth Brico says: Reply

    I love watching my girls play dress up. I can’t wait til they are old enough to show me their true passions. I agree with the last one and wish my own family had practiced it. I got too many rewards for writing as a child, and while I adored it then, I think it ultimately screwed me up.

    1. haha, it’s funny, if we think of all those instances, it’s easy to think we’ve screwed up somewhere! There is appropriate reward systems, it just depends on what you believe in! Your girls have you to teach them and so I’m sure they’re in great hands! Thanks so much for stopping by Elizabeth, I hope to connect with you again soon!

  27. Encourage them in the arts… my favorite. Living here in Asia where I see the kids are learning to memorize and having difficulty improvising, tells me this is an important skill to have.

    1. It’s really hard nowadays with a lot of creative skills being undermined by budget cuts! As parents, we want our kids to succeed but sometimes we enroll them into a program that to succeed they must basically memorize instead of actually learning it. Finding the appropriate balance is key as parents and all kids are different! Thanks so much for stopping by and sharing your thoughts! I hope we can connect again soon!

  28. Angela Milnes says: Reply

    What a good tips I believe that they learn with playing and develop their creativity and developing their new skills when they want something new.

    1. Exactly! Problem-solving is just creativity at its’ best in my opinion! Thanks so much for stopping by! I look forward to connecting with you again soon Angela!

  29. Such great advice. Promoting a creative atmosphere is so important! Ours is a home full of artists and musicians, and so our kids from birth have had access to both the tools and examples of how creativity and the arts can have a place in all facets of life. Most are now going on to pursue degrees in math and sciences, but their creativity finds its way into even the “hard sciences.”

    1. Our family is just like that too and we also went into fields in math and sciences. I went into Engineering! You know, I believe this creativity really helps with problem solving and how this can go right into those hard sciences that require a bit of ingenuity and innovative creative thought! Thanks for sharing! You must be so proud of your kids! <3

  30. Definitely agree with a lot of this. Creativity can be described as a box of toys. Everyone is given a box of toys, but if it remains unopened, you wouldn’t know what’s inside. Creativity is similar. Everyone has the ability to create, but some don’t get the opportunity to if the environment doesn’t allow for it. We’re homeschoolers so our home in set up in a way that allows for creating. I’m a photographer, seamstress, and pattern maker so my kids always see me creating or doing something & I often involve them in whatever I’m working on. I like that their curiosity always somehow unlock a creative energy inside them and suddenly they want to create too – whether it’s through art or designing new levels in a game… however way their creativity is expressed is alright with me! Such a great post. Thank you for sharing!

    1. Wow you are so talented! I’m sure those skills will be passed on to your children! It must be so beneficial for them to experience your own creativity to help encourage theirs! That’s a wonderful set up with creative play centered in the middle to allow each child’s unique personalities and abilities to come out! I love your analogy about the box. We would all do something different with the box and I love how that shows creativity! Thanks so much for sharing your thoughts and your experience! So wonderful! Thanks for visiting and I hope to connect with you again soon 🙂

  31. My eight year old daughter is very creative and inspires me to be more creative at home too. Fostering their creativity as parents and offering positive reinforcement is so important so they continue to follow their passions.

    1. That’s so awesome that your 8 year old is so creative and I’m glad that she’s rubbing off on you! Having kids totally brings out the kid in me and I can see how this can be applied to creativity too! Thanks for sharing your thoughts heather! I look forward to connecting with you again soon!

  32. I love all these tips. As a nanny, it’s so fun to watch the kids grow in creativity and figure out what and how they like to do the same things differently.

    1. that must be so much fun to see that everyday as a nanny! That must be very rewarding to watch! Thanks for sharing your thoughts! I Hope to connect with you again!

  33. This very helpful! I am always looking for ideas to keep my little ones creativity flowing.

    1. That’s great, I’m so glad you were able to find this article useful for you! Thanks for stopping by!

  34. My kiddos love all arts. I’m so glad they got that from me if nothing else!

    1. Giving that to your kids is huge! It’s so important to development! Thanks so much for visiting!

  35. This is very well said. It’s nice to be able to let them develop their creativity further. These are very good tips for all parents. Giving them enough support is definitely one of the things that we could do as well.

    1. If there’s just one thing I could say that parents should always be is supportive and this is no different! I’m Thanks so much for visiting!

  36. I love these tips! I love how you let them explore their ideas and not worry about them getting into an ivy league school.

    1. You push them to be themselves and everything else will fall into place! Thanks so much for visiting Rosey!

  37. Daisha Williams says: Reply

    Love your tips. I cut of electronics for a good part of our day for them to do just this (be creative, paint draw, etc) or reading

    1. That’s wonderful! It’s great that you’re taking the time to really be creative with your kids! Thanks so much for visiting!

  38. Anvita - TheBellyRulesTheMind says: Reply

    These tips are really good. the first one is the most important. It really does make a lot of difference when parents can devote time to do these activities with the kids.

    1. Absolutely! Sometimes we are just always on the go because having kids seem to do that to all of us! Setting time for creativity will really help promote it with our kids! Thanks so much for visiting!

  39. Cynthia Nicoletti says: Reply

    Great tips for young children to bring out their creativeness.

    1. Thanks! I hope you found them helpful! Thank you so much for visiting!

  40. CourtneyLynne Storms says: Reply

    So many great suggestions here!!! I’m all about making sure my daughter is involved in the arts! Love seeing her creative side

    1. It’s amazing to watch their creative side take over! I totally agree with you! Thanks for visiting!

  41. I love this blog. I do not have kids yet but i am so looking forward to follow all these advice when my time comes. Thank you for being such an awesome mommy blogger. 🙂

    1. Aw thank you! I hope you’ll find more great advice on here when you have children of your own 🙂 Thanks for visiting!

  42. My son is loving board games lately. As a 5 year old who already knows video gaming, i am in full support!

    1. That’s awesome! it’s a good thing your 5 year old is still very interested in doing other things than just video games! Thanks for visiting!

  43. maria @ close to home says: Reply

    Kids that age need toys that do not have batteries. It is so important that they have creative play.

    1. I know, I always see my kids actually have MORE fun when it’s not battery powered. Those toys without batteries seem to engage my children more! Thanks for your thoughts!

  44. I can see how these things would be helpful. It was always really cool to see my using their imaginations and being creative!

    1. It’s beautiful to watch.. and sometimes even funny! Those kids come up with some crazy things! Thanks for stopping by!

  45. My kids favorite toy is a big cardboard box. Endless possibilities with a big empty box.

    1. Love it! My kids and I would make houses and forts with giant empty boxes! So much fun!

  46. Encouraging them to pursue their God-given passions is most important! These other are great ideas I plan to implement with my child.

    1. That’s good! I totally agree that encouraging your kids to strive higher is wonderful! Thanks for sharing your thoughts!

  47. Anita Anderson says: Reply

    I also believe in not rewarding creativity. My son told me that he liked soccer. it’s good for him to be outside and be with other kids and active.

    1. Absolutely! Soccer is great, teaches your kid to make a plan, have strategies! Thanks for visiting!

  48. I think just like adults, different children have different levels of creativity. I do believe in encouraging children to be creative and use their imagination.

    1. That’s the beauty of creativity! We are all so different and we are creative in our own ways! It’s so important to build this creativity because it goes hand-in-hand with building self-esteem! <3

  49. Madi Vachon says: Reply

    Encouraging creativity in children is so important! I love these ideas!

    1. I totally agree! Thanks so much for visiting! <3

  50. I love the not rewarding part. I never thought about this but you made some really valid points. Instead of giving them rewards I like to praises them and tell them how great they are or how well they are doing.

    1. I’m so glad you agree <3 Thanks for sharing your thoughts!

  51. […] 5 Efficient Ways To Promote Creativity In Kids 5 And Older […]

  52. I love all the tips. My son is very creative and I always encourage his creativity.

  53. Encouraging out children to be creative and use their imagination is so important. This will help them in so many areas in life. Thank you so much for sharing this

  54. Loved reading this. It’s really wonderful sitting back and watching a child play independently and just how creative they are. It’s so important to let that creative side be free.

  55. Great tips! Because I homeschool, we always make time for drawing, painting, crafting, etc. to encourage the creativity.

  56. I like the tips but I’m not sure I agree completely about not rewarding them. I see the reasoning behind it, but I ‘m afraid it could boomerang with certain kids and make them feel you don’t value their creativity. I’ll have to think about it, lol.

  57. Lauryn Rescoe says: Reply

    These are great tips, thanks for sharing! My dad is an artist and has definitely passed this on to my children. They love to draw, paint, sculpt, and create things. I homeschool them so we do crafts, bake, and do a lot of creative things every day.

  58. these are great tips. I do reward my son for being creative though as he’s not naturally drawn to doing things like coloring

  59. You are an amazing mom! Your tips for helping your child be creative is spot on.

  60. Molli Vandehey says: Reply

    this is really important, it’s super easy to let kids lose their imagination.

  61. These are great tips. My daughter loves painting. She has been painting pictures with her hand print as the focus.

  62. These are really good ideas I love when the kids create things and they have so much fun.

  63. (5 Efficient Ways To Promote Creativity In Kids 5 & Older) Our five year old grandson has a great imagination when he is playing by himself with his toys. Grandma likes to listen to him when he is hard at play.

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