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5 Creativity Boosting Activities For Toddlers

Children are naturally inquisitive explorers who learn best through play and modeling. Parents and teachers can help young children boost their natural creativity by providing time, opportunity, and materials, along with lots of support and encouragement. Here are 5 activities you can do with a toddler to help foster a creative mind that will help develop confidence and a strong mind. 

#1. Role-Playing, Simulations, And Dress Up Games

Probably since the beginning of time children have made sense of the world by imitating what they see and hear. If you have ever watched a child play house or dress up like a doctor or police officer, then you’ve witnessed this first hand. Children of all ages and genders can benefit from play kitchens, dollhouses, dress-up corners, and other role-playing games. Try to allow plenty of unstructured free time for them to explore. You can choose to join in, but avoid managing the activity and let them take the lead.  

You can build up your role-playing supplies cheaply with yard sale and thrift store finds. A great way to collect dress-up clothes is to hit post-Halloween sales. Additional ideas for role-playing games and dress-up costumes:

  • Kitchen
  • Grocery Store 
  • Restaurant
  • Garage / Car Shop
  • Vet Office / Animal Shelter (with stuffed animals) 
  • Doctor, Dentist, Hospital 
  • Superheroes
  • Police, Fire Fighter
  • Teacher / Classroom 
  • Store / Cash Register 

#2. Reading Aloud Or Storytelling 

Reading fiction helps people of all ages be more creative because we use our imaginations to live the story or picture it in our heads. Very young children can’t read their own stories but parents, teachers, and caregivers can spend time reading to them. Reading to a toddler might be a little more involved than reading to an older child so here are some tips to help you get started:

  • Choose an engaging book on a topic that your toddler loves. 
  • Sitting still for reading isn’t a requirement for young children, let them move around or act out parts of the story along with you. 
  • Read slowly but use an animated character voice to help keep them entertained. 
  • Being loud and silly is encouraged! 
  • Here are a few creative reading suggestions for your toddler storytime. 

#3. Creative Sensory Play

What’s more creative than using all five senses to explore your world? Sensory play helps develop the mind, make connections, and increases creativity. It’s also a fun excuse to get messy and play with your toddler. If possible, provide a sensory play activity daily and let their imaginations run wild while they learn about texture, shapes, colors, smells, and more. Here are a few tried and true favorites when it comes to sensory play activities:

  • Fill a bathtub with stuffed animals and hop inside!
  • Shaving cream or whipped cream play on a tabletop.
  • A plastic tub filled with water beads.
  • Bathtub Finger Paints (shaving cream mixed with food coloring).
  • Rainbow spaghetti noodles.
  • Sink play with floating toys.
  • A box full of cloud dough (Recipe)

#4. Go Wild With Messy Art Projects

When you think about “creativity”, art is probably one of the first areas that comes to mind. Experimenting with colors and different mediums is a great way to use your imagination. Besides providing the materials, adults can help by showing enthusiasm and giving positive feedback. Applaud your toddler’s art projects, create an art gallery, show off the projects to family and friends, and help them feel pride in their work. 

Here are a few examples of fun art projects toddlers can easily do with little to no help besides setting up and cleanup:

Painting With Ice Cubes

Freeze water and food coloring in individual ice cubes. Halfway through freezing, add a toothpick to each one as a handle. Have the toddler paint on paper with the ice cubes. As they melt they will create a pretty watercolor painting. 

Body Tracing

Use a large piece of paper or butchers roll paper, have the toddler lay down while you trace an outline of their body using a thick marker. Encourage your toddler to color and paint inside the outline

Marble Painting

Put a blank piece of paper in a shallow plastic bin. Drip marbles in paint and drop them onto the paper. Your toddler can tilt the container back and forth, sending the marbles spinning around and leaving colorful lines and splotches across the paper. 

#5. Make Some Music Together 

Another unmistakable spoke in the wheel of creativity is music. Studies show that infants and toddlers who are exposed to music training have increased white and grey matter in the brain that helps them make connections and develop language at a faster pace. The changes caused in the brain by these creative activities create lifelong benefits. Here are some wonderful ways to play with music and boost creativity with young children.

  • Make musical instruments from objects around the house. Have you ever seen a baby or toddler bang pots and pans together? It might be loud, but they are learning and using their creative brains. You can make music with tin cans, spoons, rice in a jar, or just about anything that makes noise. 
  • Play music during playtime, art time, or just about anytime throughout the day. Expose your toddler to different genres and music from all over the world. 
  • Make up songs with words and silly noises to sing with your toddler. Sing short phrases and have them repeat the phrases back, the sillier the better. 

The more you encourage creativity during their early years, the more comfortable and confident your child will feel sharing their ideas with others throughout life. Time spent being creative will help them develop critical thinking skills, help with problem-solving, and help them learn to express complicated feelings and emotions. Don’t forget to offer praise and support throughout their creative journey. Some of the best learning takes place while making a mess, so don’t be afraid to let them get down and dirty. 

Author Bio

Sandra Chiu works as Director at LadyBug & Friends Daycare

Why You Need Moonlight Slumber Comfort U Body Pillow?

It can be hard to deal with the discomforts you go through during the course of your pregnancy. In the beginning, it may not feel like much, however as the pregnancy progresses and the physical changes really kick in the situation becomes quite different.

The strain on your back, joints, and legs increases as your belly grows bigger. Since medication should only be taken after consulting your physician and is generally avoided to prevent any issues during pregnancy, you cannot even take painkillers. There is, however, no need to bear the pain. There many things you can do to relieve the pressure and reduce pain. Using a U shaped pregnancy pillow is one of the main ways you can maintain a good posture and provide your body with the support necessary to avoid or manage pain. 

Moonlight Slumber Comfort U Body Pillow Features:

A great pregnancy pillow is the Moonlight Comfort-U Total Body Pillow. Below are a few features of the pillow that are worth noting. Whether it is sleeping, lying down, or even sitting, a pregnancy pillow can be a very useful way of staying comfortable.

1.) Full-body Pillow:-

At first glance the pillow might seem a bit too big and, as a consequence, intimidating. But many people who bought the pillow expecting it to be a hassle actually found the shape and size very practical.

Being a full body pillow, the Moonlight Comfort-U is the only pillow you will need to help you sleep. The U-shape, though not unique to the brand, is perfect for getting into the crevices and relieving the pressure from other parts of the body.

It is surprisingly lightweight for its size and can be contorted into any shape so you can get comfortable no matter which posture you are in.

The U-shape can also be turned into a seat against a hard surface, like a wall, by sitting on the curve of the U and using the straight lines as supports for the back.

What is more, the pillow is extremely versatile and can be used to contour around the body any way you like. You can use the U-shape upside down to cradle the neck or turn it the right side up to elevate the feet.

Elevating the feet is particularly useful is suffer from swollen feet or varicose veins. In both cases, the pressure and weight on the feet cause the blood to flow in the wrong direction.

Elevating the feet is the best way to mitigate this painful condition which is possible using the Moonlight Comfort-U pillow. 

2.) Fusion Fiber material:

The pillow filling is that of a fusion fiber that holds up well and lasts through the years. Being an item you use daily durability is a major issue.

The fusion fiber does not become flat nor does it clump together to create depressions. Instead, the pillow is extremely soft that it perfectly cushions your back, neck, or whichever area you place it under.

The outer covering is poly-cotton which is breathable and allows for air to pass through. During pregnancy you can get sweaty and warm, the material of the U-Comfort keeps the pillow itself from getting to warm.

All the material used is also hypoallergenic which means that there is almost zero chance that you will get an allergic reaction to the pillow.

This is particularly useful since you cannot take medication without consulting your doctor and even then, medicine during pregnancy is highly discouraged. If you want to explore more options then feel free to explore more Pregnancy pillow reviews 

3.) Easy to clean and maintain:

You are already dealing with your pregnancy and doing extra washing should be the least of your worries, which is why the Moonlight Comfort-U is machine wash safe. You can simply put the pillow in the machine and give it a gentle wash.

The pillow will not lose its shape nor the fluffiness of the filling. It is easy to clean and keep hygienic so you are not surrounded by germs or bacteria. 

Conclusion:

Pregnancy pillows are quite common nowadays and they are being used for a number of other conditions other than pregnancy. 

Athletes and individuals recovering from surgery also make use of pregnancy pillows. Choosing the right one is key, however, since all pregnancy pillows are not equally good.

 The Moonlight Comfort-U Total Body Pillow is a great option for anyone looking for a quality full body pillow. It is U-shaped and can be molded into shape for maximum comfort.

The pillow is made with quality materials that are durable and easy to maintain. Sure you will need some time to learn how to best use the pillow. The best thing is that there is really no hard and fast rule when it comes to pregnancy pillows.

Just get the pillow and start experimenting, you can always get advice online or from friends and family who have used such pillows before.

Cupcake, Oct. 1st Pet of the Week!

Just who doesn’t love a cupcake? The good thing about this Cupcake is that she won’t wreck your diet! She’s a 2-year-old spayed furball who’s somewhat shy at first but then warms up nicely. Adopt her, and be the icing on her cake! Because the shelter is closed to the public, adoption appointments are conducted through email, so contact PetAdopt@longbeach.gov to meet Cupcake. Ask for ID#A649094.

(This rescue encouraged by the usual suspects.)