Creativity in kids always costs something.
It surely demands support from mom & dad when kids are encouraged to be creative, well more like energy for mom to cleanup, and energy to teach to cleanup!
A bit, or even a lot of boredom comes in as well, because they need that, to think of something to occupy their minds and time.
So really, for us, its ok to not have a fully scheduled or structured day, or I would just allot a large chunk of time for free play, it gives me time for my own creativity, naptime, or quiet time as well.
Harry and Laurie Bluedorn’s Ten Before Ten certainly recommends Arts and Crafts to be one of the ten things kids need to be involved in before they turn ten years old. Creativity does cost supplies too, for there has to be something with which they could create with, and it has to be easily accessible to them in their play area.
Another one of their 10 Before 10 recommendations is Play & Exploration, thus as much as I can, I let them play pretend on their own with their myriad supplies & toys lying around, happy mom, happy kids!
Ironically, the messier it is, the more creative in play pretend they can be! It is when they can’t even be disturbed from play to even eat, and they even run to and from the toilet as fast as they can!
In our household, music is a norm. JD is a musician and he did it professionally before going into ministry, then creatively ever since. So for the kids now, it does cost instruments, time and lessons from dad, and forbearance from mom!
Patience and Disruption
If they suddenly blurt out singing, humming, playing the recorder, lyre or keyboard out of nowhere, I have to be patient for that. I guess life with kids is full of those. That is life in parenting itself, it does involve disruptions, selflessness, and character molding moments almost every second.
Even if they drew on my lesson plan, study bible, or any of my books, (they really did!) I must be ready for it, (while not cancelling the teaching of disciplined creativity) if I hope to implement this in our home.
Whatever it is, it has to be kept. I guess that’s the sentimental side of my husband. He says, “Well we can never go back to this time of their lives.” True.
By God’s grace, we can manage, and we hope to raise kids who are creators, not just consumers.
This and countless others fill our home and I am blessed to have these happy, messy disruptions!