The media places a lot of emphasis on having play spaces for your children – children are growing too quickly they protest, and so they must be given dedicated play areas to explore their childhood. While this is true, what often gets forgotten is that not all children enjoy the same types of play and some would rather put time into crafting and exploring their creativity than playing with toys. For this reason it’s essential that you establish creative spaces in your home, whether it’s just space on the family dining tables or a whole room, where your children can go to express their inner Picasso. Let’s explore more about why creative areas are good for your children and your family as a whole.
Dedicated spaces in a home are important to children – they give them a sense of grounding and the comfort of knowing there is a place they can go without disturbing adult life. If you can afford to dedicate the space, a playroom is an ideal creative area, but often these rooms are frenetic. For younger children, a set area in the room that is covered with painting sheets with small tables for drawing and painting will encourage them to engage in creative play without the fear of causing a mess and because creativity is encouraged in the same space as playing they are more likely to see it as fun rather than a learning exercise.
Older children can benefit from a desk or workbench area of their own that is stocked with craft supplies, making it easy for them to create limitlessly. These spaces create a lower barrier of entry to creative activities for older children, who often either require encouragement to explore complicated activities or need to have their engagement facilitated so they can put aside the hassle of arranging craft spaces and get on with the business of creating.
Designing creative spaces throughout your home isn’t just good for your child’s artistic spark – it also creates opportunities for you to share these activities together in a holistic way. No longer will you have to interrupt individual play for family time: a creative space at the family dining table will let you sit with your child and participate in their creations freely, creating more harmonious family relationships.
Creative spaces in your home will nurture your children’s arty side and allow you to grow closer as a family.
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Ben Simmon writes on a variety of topics including health and fitness, well being as well as technology and family adventures.
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