While coloring books encourage some creativity, go beyond with coloring crafts. A color your own mask does double duty as a creative project and then leads into imaginative play as your child pretends to be the animal represented by the mask.
Activity books filled with games and mazes are used to foster learning and fine motor skills. Creativity is enhanced when the selected books include pictures to color or complete.
Small toys, such as bendable figures, animals or small cars, encourage imagination through let’s pretend games. Use finger puppets to create puppet shows for toddlers or have your kids create a puppet show for you.
Ball toss games and bead mazes develop fine motor skills and are just plain fun! You would be surprised how much energy a child can expend trying to master a new skill such as the ball toss game without ever leaving their seat. Competitive spirits are fueled by the creation of contests such as the most successes in a row or fewest misses over ten tries.
Simple puzzles such as the Tangle, happy cubes or magic loops serve to foster learning and creativity in kids of all ages. Level of difficulty is crucial – too hard and your child will get frustrated, too easy and it is not fun.