5 things you can do with your toddler to help nurture their creative side.

Did you know that drama, music, dance and visual arts fosters creativity & imagination in toddlers?

These types of activities help young children develop their senses through exploration and discovery, letting toddlers express how they see their world and their place in it.

Raising Children Australia have a whole range of things that you can do with your little one to nurture their creative side. Here are my top 5:

1. Musical Play

Make homemade musical instruments together by adding dry rice or pasta to a small container with a lid so that you can use it as a shaker. You could also throw in a pot or a container and spoon into the mix to use as a drum and you’ve got yourself a band. Explore by using different items to make different sounds.

2. Dance  Movement

Put your favourite music on and start dancing. Encourage your little one to do the same. Move all of your body parts and dance freely. You could copy each others moves. Join your toddler by jumping, running and galloping around the room together.

3.Dramatic Play

Toddlers enjoy playing games and reenacting social situations that they are familiar with and that they see in every day life. You could try:

  • Playing Shops
  • Playing dress-ups
  • Driving imaginary trains
  • Playing doctors and nurses

4. Building & Construction

Show them how to build different things with blocks. You could start with a simple tower and let them help you stack all of the blocks up as high as they can go. They’ll probably want to knock them down again but thats ok, that’s half the fun!

5. Exploration

Make some homemade binoculars by taping 2 toilet rolls together and head to the park or out into the backyard and look for birds or insects. Talk about what you see and what they might be doing.

There are so many things that you can do with your little one to help them develop their creative side. The best thing to do is see what they are interested in doing and follow their lead. Embrace their interests and see where that takes you. You never know how much fun you might have too ­čÖé

Content on this blog was sourced from Raising Children – The Australian Parenting Website.
For more information on this topic go directly to their website www.raisingchildren.net.au

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