Club Creative Studio shares information about creativity in this blog and each Tuesday is reserved for learning about a low-cost thought or project. Creativity never has to be expensive. For this reason, creativity is available to many when you call upon simple or commonly used items to help you in the process.
The ideas today stem from a few different places. First, I recall my own childhood memories of using creativity during play and secondly, I share a few ideas for you to use at home to help spark children into more creative play, specifically when they are making tents, or forts from furniture and cushions. Make sure you view the video, it is awesome!
Imagination sometimes needs a gentle push. It takes courage to be creative. It takes confidence to step outside the lines, do things in a unique way and be different. Even in playtime situations, it is sometimes difficult to do what you feel like doing and act out of the norm. When we use our imagination as children, we are free. We know no boundaries and we are expressive in thought, process and play. We are free to be bolder, and maybe even happier as we transform to a place that is exactly how we want it to be and no one else!
I remember as a young one, using out outdoor clothes line as a supportive structure for a home-made tent. I took two people to make this “house” but, simply tossing a large blanket across the wires and then securing the ends of the blanket to sticks in the ground created the “walls”. Pillows and other blankets were needed to make the playhouse more comfy, this was truly a low-cost, low-budget way of being creative making an outside fort.
I hope that you had the chances to make forts or tents when you were growing up. If you allow children in your home to use the existing furniture for their imaginative play, they will return the favor with hours of “out-of-sight” play periods. See what is created when you let them use their own logic in construction. Making a tent can become their little escape area where although you can still hear them inside a blanket structure, you can also allow them to be out of your direct line of vision, but you still know exactly where they are and what they are doing. It is a hide away in their make-believe land, and you can share in the fun of constructing or touring it as well , if you are allowed, that is!
Creating an island for your children can be as easy as helping them use the couch cushions or a large sheet to drape across two chairs or the dining room table. Who wouldn’t love to find a little area all to themselves with peace and quiet? I think as an adult, I might even appreciate my own tent nook to hide with a good book or earphones what about you?
Allowing your children to “hide” from the real world gives them some freedom to be creative in their own personal space.
Let me know if this blog post brought pleasant memories back to you. If you did not grow up constructing your own hid-away place with a sheet and a few chairs what is stopping you from doing this NOW?????