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If you have creative kids at home, then you know that they are always looking for new ideas and ways to express themselves. This is great! They should be encouraged to express themselves in new and creative ways. Creativity helps children with thinking outside of the box and being more open-minded. Tips for encouraging creativity in your kids are explored more here. However, knowing the benefits of reading, we wanted to share in this blog post, some tips for encouraging your creative kids to get reading too!
But first, because we believe in encouraging all our little readers and doodlers to be creatively themselves, here is a very special message from ‘Ziggy’ for all the creative kids in your world!
Why Is Reading Important for Creative Kids?
Creativity should be encouraged and celebrated in all kids.
But getting creative kids to read is also important because it helps them to develop their social skills and language skills. Indeed, the benefits of reading go far beyond the pages. Reading can help children develop a love of books, learning and adventure. It can also help improve their vocabulary, spelling, writing and reading comprehension skills. Kids who read are also better at problem-solving and they are more likely to do well in school. Reading can also be a form of entertainment for children.
Creative kids need books that speak to them and make them want to keep reading. It's important to find books with topics that they are interested in or subjects that they might want to explore themselves.
Turn Books Into Creative Adventures
Creativity is the key to transforming books into reading adventures.
Creativity is not just about art and design. It's also about the way children think, solve problems, and communicate. It's about their ability to build on knowledge to create something new.
This is why reading is such an asset to creativity.
So if reading has become a routine and boring task for your creative kids, the good news is that there are some simple ways to make reading exciting again.
With a sprinkle of imagination, you can help your child to connect with book characters, identify key messages and bring a story to life.
How Parents Can Best Encourage Reading Habits in Creative Kids
There are many ways to encourage creative kids to read more.
Reading is a skill that is essential for success in school, in the workplace and in life. It has been proven that children who are exposed to books early on have better language skills than those who are not.
Although reading is an important skill to master, it can be difficult for some kids to maintain interest, especially if they would otherwise like to put their creativity to good use!
The best way to encourage creative kids to read is by making reading fun. Reading is also a really fun way to spend time with your child. As their parent, you are well-placed to be creative with your kids and make reading a fun activity. You can do this by reading aloud to your kids as much as you can so that they can enjoy the experience of being read to, as well as encouraging them to read independently.
It’s never too early to start reading to your little ones. And as they get older, it will be easier to continue to encourage them to read.
Here are some of the best ways to help your creative kids develop a lifelong love of reading:
Read aloud with them every day
Read with extra expression by trying out funny voices for different characters
Find books that interest them and talk about what they like about them
Make sure that there are books at home that they can read on their own—and find time for them to do it!
Encourage their creativity by asking questions about what they are reading and talking about the stories
Be a good role model by reading yourself.
Remember, the best way to encourage any child to read is by being creative with them and making reading fun!
So if you have creative kids, encourage their self-expression and creativity with reading too!
If you're looking for fun, engaging children's books that also celebrate creativity, check out our amazing Doodle Dozen children's book series for kids aged 4-8 years.
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How do you celebrate your child's creative expression while also helping them develop a love for reading? Let us know in the comments below!
Until next time, keep dreaming, keep believing, keep doodling :-).