Let Them Express Themselves

Children enjoy opportunities to be creative and to express themselves all year round.  Activities such as building cities with blocks or boxes, composing original lyrics to familiar tunes, creating masterpieces on paper, or telling imaginative stories are all examples of creative expression.  As children work to develop these life skills, we can offer simple materials to aid in sharing their ideas, enhancing their experiences and developing problem solving aptitudes.

Simple supply list:

  • Child-size scissors (for cutting paper and playdough)
  • Crayons
  • Pencils (short stubby pencils help children learn to grasp the pencil for more control)
  • (simple pencil sharpener – hand held works)
  • Transparent tape
  • (extra fun – painters tape, masking tape, craft tape, etc.)
  • Craft glue and glue sticks
  • Watercolor paint and variety of brushes/sponge tips
  • Washable markers
  • Paper (variety: copy, tissue, construction, cardstock, wrapping, wax, tracing)
  • Paper plates (endless uses!)
  • Sponges
  • Wooden sticks
  • Ruler
  • Recycle materials – clean – plastic bottles, lids, newspaper, boxes, magazines

This rather inexpensive list is a place to start. You can pick up items at a discount store, resale shop, garage sale, or digging through the drawers at your house, and asking friends or family to clear out their drawers at home. Find a drawer, box closet to keep the supplies handy.  Establish rules about when and where the supplies are used.  Especially the more messy materials.

As an early childhood educator for 27 years, let me add one more important piece to offering children opportunities to express themselves. Let them do it. Provide assistance when asked.

PROCESS OVER PRODUCT
Allows children to build confidence in themselves and their abilities.

What other materials would you add to this list?

Later this week, I’ll share some of my favorite children’s books related to creativity and some books to help teach children about giving and perseverance. I hope you’ll join ME.

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