Creative Child

10 Play Invitations to Inspire Creativity

by Rebecca Eanes


6. Outdoor Painting Invitation: Provide poster board and poster paint. Brushes are optional, as are squirt bottles, spray bottles, and paint-filled balloons! Mine mostly painted with their hands and feet.

7. Shower Curtain Painting Invitation: From your local dollar store, purchase a vinyl shower curtain, acrylic paints, and paint brushes. My sons decided to do a superhero theme, but see what your child comes up with. It's a wonderful addition to a child's bathroom when finished.

8. Design a Shirt Invitation: Display a plain tee with several paints. I placed cardboard inside the shirt to stop seepage and had some sponges as well as brushes.

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9. Invitation to Draw a Famous Work of Art: Use a book or pull up an image on the computer of any famous work of art you feel your child would be interested in. Provide an easel, large paper, pencils, markers, and crayons. My son drew his own version of Vincent's Bedroom in Arles.

10. Bath Play Invitation: Craft sticks and craft foam both stick well when wet. You can cut the foam into faces, shapes, buildings, or characters! The sticks can be used for fences, stick figures, etc. It's a great way to be creative while you get clean!

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Rebecca Eanes is the bestselling author of multiple books including Positive Parenting: An Essential Guide, The Positive Parenting Workbook, and The Gift of a Happy Mother. She is the grateful mom of two boys. 


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