<Time, space & materials to do creative things> A table covered with postal paper as a base for art projects. Art supplies & creative gear in clear containers so you and your kids can find what they need. Rotate boxes of art supplies, toys, books, construction gear & puzzles to ensure continuing discoveries.
<Creative problem solving> Design an obstacle course for the living room/yard using things from around the house.
<Creative thought> Read books together.
<New sights> Go to an art museum, a play, to the tallest building in the city. Go on a pattern hunt.
<New sounds> Use a digital voice recorder to record sounds around the house or city. See 21 Uses for a Digital Voice Recorder.
<New scents> Pick flowers from your garden and compare scents. Put different scents in small containers – popcorn, a slice of lime, chocolate, rose petals, crayons, play doh, vanilla, a slice of melon, nutmeg, grapefruit juice, mom’s perfume - see if you can figure out what they are (while blindfolded).
<New tastes> Do taste tests of different types of chocolate, blindfolded.
<Do everyday things differently> Buy groceries in reverse – if you typically start in produce, end in produce! Take a different route to school.
<New perspectives> Set up a fun debate. Chocolate or vanilla? Contacts or glasses? Monopoly or Trouble?
<Use spatial reasoning> Draw a map of an imaginary island. Draw a map of your room from different perspectives – if standing in the doorway, and if flying above. See Making Maps.
<Spend time with people of different ages> Kids can interview grandparents, neighbors, a shop owner, a musician. Play Crazy Eights, dominoes or Yahtzee with relatives and older friends. Include the kids in discussions at the dinner table.
<Experience traditions> Outings to baseball games with my dad are a treasure. My kids experience his love and respect for the sport and its traditions.
<Travel> Experience cultures, climates, foods, architecture...
<Listen to different types of music> Explore classical to cuban to jazz to alternative and everything in between.
<Do experiments that interest your kids; listen to their questions and curiosities and help them learn more> Try webbing... it's like mind-mapping. Explore topics using The Project Approach.
<Read to kids> Invent bed-time stories. Tell them stories about your childhood.
<Make books together> Staple folded lined paper at the fold and use illustrations to tell a story. Type as your kids tell you their story. Record on a digital voice recorder and transcribe later. Older kids can write stories on smaller paper and you can glue it together with book binding glue.
<Organize & classify> Sort stuffed animals by color or habitat. See 12 Day Brighteners.
What can you do today to spark creativity? Try doing just one thing a day. Just one. It will make a difference to everyone in your family!