How to Boost Your Child's Creativity in a Digital World by Clarissa Brooks


It’s 2014, and we are living in what many refer to as the “digital age”. Nowadays it is becoming more and more common to see infants playing along with iPads and the days of reading books or actually using your imagination are becoming nearly obsolete. Sure, technology is convenient, but is it harmful to our children’s creativity? When we have so many different forms of technology to think for ourselves it can be hard to find activities to keep your child’s creativity alive. However, creativity is not something to neglect. Creative minds are successful minds. Creative people are able to find unique solutions to problems which can help to set them apart from the rest of the crowd especially later in life when they enter the workforce. Here are three activities you can do with your child to help boost their creativity even in this digital world we live in.


1.      Tell stories. Children love bedtime stories. It helps them to relax and fall asleep more easily at night. However, I’ve learned that with my children it can be more fun to TELL stories rather than simply read them. Back when I was in college I used to take an improv acting class. Of course my child is too young to understand what improv is, but he still understands the “yes, and” part of it. I start off by asking him what he wants to hear a story about. I start the story and pause with a “and then….” for him to continue. We take turns “passing the torch” with our “and then…” until we both feel the story has reached its end. Our stories may not always make that much sense, but this is still always a fun activity that teaches my child to think creatively without having to search Google for answers or depend on others to tell a story for him.

2.      Put on puppet shows. When I was a child I used to love to perform puppet shows with my older sister. We used to make up all kinds of stories and use our dolls and stuffed animals as puppets for it. Now I enjoy sharing this activity with my son. Sometimes we even use the previous night’s bedtime story as our “script”. Sadly, this activity is becoming more and more rare these days. Whenever I tell my other friends who have children about this activity my son and I do together they are always surprised. Most of them have stated that they didn’t even know you could purchase a puppet theatre. However, they are not too difficult to find online. I purchased this special space saving one for my son. My family and I currently live in just a tiny apartment where space is scare, so this is perfect for us. It gives him a place to channel his creativity in a fun and unique way without taking up too much space. Plus it’s really easy to pack away when he is finished playing with it.

3.      Arts and Crafts. Stories and puppet shows may not work for all children, but that shouldn't keep them from getting creative. Some children are more into hands-on activities.  There are endless ways to allow your children to channel their creativity with arts and crafts. Pinterest should be your best friend when it comes to finding these activities. One that I found recently and did with my son is the “paint in a bag” activity. I don’t know about your kids, but my son is practically obsessed with paint. However, I learned over the years that my carpet and furniture are not big fans of it. Fortunately, with this activity the paint never leaves the bag. Your child can still “write” and “draw” with the paint, but the paint will stay in a zip-lock bag that will act as a shield for your table, carpet, and other furniture. However, I still highly recommend using a safe and washable paint like Natural Earth Paint just in case your child spills or ingests it.

What kinds of creative activities do you and your child enjoy together? 



Clarissa is a busy mother to two beautiful children. As a family of four, Clarissa is always looking for new ways to entertain the family, stimulate their creativity, and keep the laughter coming! 














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