I want to encourage my kids to be curious and explore. Ideally we could just be outside all the time, but since that doesn’t happen I love finding books about activities to encourage creativity in kids. I know some kids can sit and color and draw for hours but mine can’t, so if you’re in the same boat, here’s a roundup of some of my favorite resources:
The Giant Book of Creativity for Kids: 500 Activities to Encourage Creativity in Kids Ages 2 to 12–Play, Pretend, Draw, Dance, Sing, Write, Build, Tinker
I love this book so much! It splits activities up into ages, ranging from babies and toddlers up to 12-year-olds! It is packed with information and fun ideas that are easy (my favorite word) to carry out.
Tinkerlab: A Hands-On Guide for Little Inventors
This book has fun activities and experiments that just encourage kids to explore and be creative–there’s not really a “right” way to do each activity. It also is filled with sidebars by educators, physicians and other professionals so as the parent I felt like I was learning a lot too.
Project Kid: Crafts That Go!: 60 Imaginative Projects That Fly, Sail, Race, and Dive
This is another one that I just absolutely love. My son loved looking through the pictures with me and together we’d decide something fun to make.
Unplugged Play: No Batteries. No Plugs. Pure Fun.
This is by the same author of The Giant Book of Creativity (above). The ideas are often using things you just have around your house or that you can easily find outside. Also, it has great ideas for birthday parties at different ages.
150+ Screen-Free Activities for Kids: The Very Best and Easiest Playtime Activities from FunAtHomeWithKids.com!
This book has a lot of great ideas for really little kids. I found a lot of sensory play ideas and recipes for slimes, doughs, and paints. I love that so many of the suggestions are homemade!