Why It’s So Important to Give Little Kids Lots of Time + Space to be Creative

collage of preschool process art images with text overlay: 3 Ways To Give Little Kids Lots of Time & Space to Be CreativeThis post may contain affiliate links which means I may receive a small commission at no additional cost to you if an item is purchased through one of these links.  For more information, see my disclosures here.

A huge thanks to Experience Early Learning (formerly Mother Goose Time) for providing us with their Experience Preschool curriculum for free in exchange for sharing our honest and authentic stories resulting from our personal experiences. It’s been such a huge blessing to us! As always, my opinions on awesome stuff for little kids are 100% my own.

Keep in mind that all preschoolers do things in their own time and on their own terms. What one is ready for, another might not be. Please use your best mama judgement when planning activities for your little kids. 

The little guy and I have had so much fun in the last few weeks. We’ve been reading and creating every day. That’s pretty much become our norm. We wake up, get ourselves breakfast, and read while we eat.

preschooler using sponge to paint paper tray
We do our calendar & weather, introduce the topic for the day, and then do whatever activities are in our Teacher Guide.

After that, it’s time to get creative.

preschooler dipping sponge in to paint
We of course do the invitation to create or make + play that’s part of each day’s curriculum, but we also make art just because…

preschooler looking at paint on hand
Because the little guy loves to get messy. Because this mama believes in giving little kids lots of time + space to be creative. And because making stuff is so important for so many reasons. Think creativity and problem-solving, to name a few.

preschooler looking at paint on finger
So how exactly do we go about giving little kids space to create? Here are 3 ways that I encourage the little guy to do just that.

  1. Get them feeling inspired – You know the invitation to create activities that I talk about all the time? I love them and this is exactly why. I can put everything on a tray and leave it for the little guy. I mean, c’mon. What little kid is going to pass up an opportunity like that? And you know what? It’s gets him creating with all kinds of new supplies.
  2. Keep art stuff within reach – Yep, you heard that right. And I’ve definitely had my fair share of mishaps because of it. Lol… Either way, I think it’s important keep stuff where he can get it out and put it away on his own.
  3. Give them a blank journal – I bought him an art journal, just like mine. It’s a 5.5×8.5 spiral-bound book full of mixed media paper. The little guy actually started working in his second art journal, so I dated the first one and put it away for the time-being. This is his own little space to experiment with whatever he wants.

How do you encourage your little kids to be creative? Leave a comment and share.

preschooler dipping sponge into container filled with paint
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