I was perusing the Cotton Babies site today, the home of BumGenius diapers and stumbled upon the question: How do you encourage a creative, artistic spirit in your baby, toddler or young child? Creativity is paramount in my family. My mother is an oil painter as was my husband's grandmother. We both grew up around creative spirits and we love art galleries, concerts, films, and plays. My own experience shows me how art and creativity helps solve problems, create connections, and inspire emotional development, so we've tried to encourage our children by fostering their own creativity.
Take a day and visit a children's museum near you. These museums often offer a variety of hands-on, learning activities as well as arts and crafts room. If you are lucky enough to have a local museum, see about supporting them through a family membership and organize a meet-up with other parents and kids. Giving kids a creative environment and the fresh perspectives of other children their age can inspire kids to think outside the box. Children connect over art.