by Lucy H. Pearce.
Today’s topic is Nurturing a Culture of Creativity at Home. Be sure to read to the end of this post to find a list of links to the other carnival participants.
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November 27th: Creative Heroines.
December 4th: Creative Inheritance.
December 11th: The Creative Process.
Creativity begins at home from the moment a child can hold a crayon or sing a song or dance around the living room on tip toes to the opening credits of Pooh Bear. It’s crayons on the breakfast table, it’s George Harrison on vinyl, it’s laying on blanket on a warm day and picking out shapes in the clouds. It’s freedom of expression, it’s being okay for the socks not to match if you like mismatched socks, it’s okay to wear flowers in the hair and white after Labor Day. It’s okay to paint checkerboard squares on the dresser and polka dots on the dining room chairs. It’s okay to have breakfast for dinner or desert first or to eat popcorn under the stars. Creativity isn’t just this or that. It isn’t only Van Gogh or Monet, it’s you and me and the next person you see. It’s a way of life, a form of expression, an acceptance of individuality. It’s a nurturing process so much like nursing a baby or raising a child. It’s art in every form, expressed it every way. Creativity is not just paints, not just by a chosen few. Art and creativity is in us all if we just accept it as the gift it is and go with it instead of trying to harness it or explain it or tame it. Never ever tame it! Creativity must run free like a wild horse, it should not be contained or hidden or broken, creativity is a very important way of life for the person creating it, it’s in the spirit and you never want to damage the spirit of a child or an adult for that matter. A kid sitting down and building something with Legos is creating a sculpture he/she is an artist. A child playing with figures and making up story lines is an artist. A child singing in the bath is an artist. Art on the refrigerator is art. A poem is art. Music is art. Food on a plate is art. Clothes and the way we dress is art and expression. My daughter loves mixing patterns and textures and layering her looks, she takes her clothing from a shirt and pants to an artistic expression unique to her and really cute. She is expressing herself through her wardrobe, which is leading her to designing knits and opening an etsy shop before she’s even finished school.
Creativity is everywhere, it’s all around us and if we keep our hearts open like a child then we all win. The child grows up knowing they have worth, that it’s good to have a sense of identity to not blend in with the crowd, to speak up and out and share thoughts and emotions and ideas with the world. Like I said before creativity starts at home where it’s safe to be who you are and share that with people who love and accept you. A creative home is a warm home where throw pillows are scattered and ready to be forts, it’s where music plays on vinyl and kids know what a record is, it’s where anything is up for grabs to be art materials and any moment is a memory in the making.
One funny little story to share then I’ll let you go. My son wanted to make money for Christmas when he was five or maybe he was six, so he made art on paper, taped the works on the hall wall and personally called to invite people over to view and possibly purchase his art. He was truly proud of it and actually sold pieces people still have today because it makes them feel happy to see it and remember that evening. He made a memory for many of us and that’s a priceless commodity in itself. So what I’m saying is let creativity be a way of life it’s so much more fun that way. ~Peace
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Carnival host and author of The Rainbow Way, Lucy at Dreaming Aloud shares an extract from the chapter Nurturing a Family Culture of Creativity.
Lilly Higgins is a passionate food writer. Now a mother of two boys, she’s discovered a new calling: to instil in them a love of food and creativity in the kitchen.
DeAnna L’am shares how visioning the New Year with your child is an invitation to be inspired: use creativity and resolutions to create a fun road map for the year ahead.
Molly at Talk Birth on Releasing Our Butterflies – balancing motherhood with creativity.
Laura shares some of the creativity happening at Nestled Under Rainbows and a few thoughts about creativity.
Georgie at Visual Toast celebrates her own unique culture of creativity at home.
Esther at Nurtureworkshop spreads the love of the ordinary, the delights of everyday things that can be an adventure of the imagination.
For Dawn at The Barefoot Home creativity is always a free form expression to be shared by all in a supportive environment where anything can be an art material.
Naomi at Poetic Aperture is a mother, artist and photographer who tries to keep her daughter away from the expensive pens and paints.
Aimee at Creativeflutters writes about keeping your sanity and creativity intact with small kids in the house in her post: Mother + Creativity – They Must Coexist.
Amelia at My Grandest Adventure embarks on a 30 Days of Creativity challenge…you can too!
Becky at Raising Loveliness explores creating with her smaller family members.
Jennifer at Let Your Soul Shine reveals how children help us connect to our souls, through music and movement.
Mary at The Turquoise Paintbrush shares her experiences of creating with kids.
Brooke at violicious spent too much time worrying and trying to be creative instead of letting it flow.
Joanna at Musings of a Hostage Mother explains why creativity at home is important to her in her post “I nurture a creative culture.”
On womansart blog this week – nurturing a creative culture at home.
Creative woman at Creator’s Corner loves color and uses it to paint, draw and decorate to inspire herself and her family.
It took until Amy at Mama Dynamite was pregnant aged 35 to discover her dormant creative
streak – she has found lovely ways of tuning into it every since.
Anna of ArtBuds is a trained educator and art therapist. She has been creating all her life and nurturing her daughter’s creativity at home is a priority.
Deb at Debalicious shares how her family enjoy creativity at home.
Emily at The Nest explores how creativity runs through her family’s life together.
Jennifer at OurMuddyBoots sees that encouraging creativity in children is as simple as appreciating them for who they are: it just means overriding everything we know!
Lisa from Mama.ie has discovered that a combination of writing and traditional crafts can provide a creative outlet during those busy early years of new motherhood.
Anna at Biromums shares what nurturing a culture of creativity means to her.
Zoie at TouchstoneZ argues that the less they are interfered with, the more creative children become as they grow up.
Darcel at The Mahogany Way celebrates creating with her kids.
Molly at MollyLollyLoo explores her family’s shared creative times.
Liz at Reckless Knitting shares how she celebrates creativity with her family.
Sally (aka The Ginger Ninja) of The Ginger Chronicles is continually inspired by her own mum and grandmother.
Just being creative is enough, says Nicki at Just Like Play, as she ponders her journey of nurturing a creative family.
Allurynn shares her creative family’s musings in her post “Creativity… at the Heart of it” on Moonlight Muse.
Laura at Authentic Parenting explores how being creative saves her sanity.
Mama is Inspired talks about how she puts an emphasis on the handmade in her home, especially in the holiday season.
Kirstin at Listen to the Squeak shares with you several easy ways for busy mamas and dads to encourage their children to be creative every day.
Chiswick Mum believes that a healthy dose of chaos is the secret to nurturing creativity at home.
Mila at Art Play Day always lived in her dreams, sleepwalking through life … now she is finding out what creativity is all about…. her inner child!
Sadhbh at Where Wishes Come From describes how picture books can nurture creativity in young children.