Welcome to Week One of the month-long Carnival of Creative Mothers to celebrate the launch of The Rainbow Way: Cultivating Creativity in the Midst of Motherhood by Lucy H. Pearce. Today’s topic is Nurturing a Culture of Creativity at Home. Be sure to read to the end of this post to find a list of links to the other carnival participants. Join the Carnival and be in with a chance to win a free e-copy of The Rainbow Way! November 27th: Creative Heroines; December 4th: Creative Inheritance; December 11th: The Creative Process.
How do mums nurture a culture of creativity at home? Here are some answers from Biromums:
How important is creativity in your home?
“Creativity is important in our house. It’s a way of playing, of doing fun things together – but also a means of self-expression and putting our unique stamp on our home.”
“I like order. I want my home to be creative. Stacks of beads and glitter can be found in various bowls in strange places. It annoys me. I want order but I am much happier if I let go of this desire to control. There is a level of order. Accept the inevitable continual cleaning as part of life. There is peace, absorption when there is creativity and so worth the disorder.”
“I love being creative with my daughter we play a lot of pretending games also puppet’s show where each one of us is encouraged to create a new history every time. I think being a mum has given me the excuse to explore my own creativity”
How do you nurture a culture of creativity at home?
“By allowing creativity to happen, by being positive and by being creative as parents.”
“We play together but I also let my daughter to create their own games and dances, she loves improvisation dances. I let her know that all her work is as valuable as mine or her daddy, in that way she is confident to create more!”
“Set aside creative time. Decide to enjoy and tidy later. Go with what the children enjoy. A bowl of water in the sink, bubbles, and different implements. They love the pinchers to lift the toast. The Tupperware cupboard – I can’t let them go there. I’ve tidied it too many times.”
“Our home is full of things that all of us have made, from my corn dollies, clay pots and photo collages to the children’s paintings, plastic bottle spaceships and cereal-box creations.”
What drives you mad about creating with children?
“Small children’s attention span is so variable. You can set everything up for painting – aprons, paints, water, brushes, paper, mats – and then their painting is “done” in five minutes…or they might still be doing the painting an hour in, when you need the table for dinner!”
“I make myself crazy if I try to keep the kitchen tidy while creating – the anxiety and annoyance is not worth it. Far better to have the floor covered in scattered lentils, bits of dough, their clothes in flour and everyone enjoying it!”
“I love every step in the creative process. The mess is fantastic to get arty pictures and to feel more artistic., one day my daughter said Ok mummy now let’s clean”
“I enjoyed being creative with the children. OK cleaning up afterwards wasn’t so good but the mess always seemed to be worth it. The potter’s wheel was one item I had to ban as the clay would splatter randomly. I think I have just become used to it and my son is an artist/ designer so his room, the shed and garage all contain his work – completed or otherwise.”
Share a craft or creative activity for families
“Put some classical music (I used a cello concert the first time) you can start moving around and let your children to improvise around walking, hopping skipping or going over your back or rolling in the floor be sure to make enough space to move”
“A lovely walk on the beach – everyone collecting things that are “carryable” such as shells, drifwood, stones and plants. When home they don’t even have to be painted – just placed creatively.”
“I remember discovering this on a blog: tape sellotape across an open doorframe, like a big spider’s web. Then make little balls from scrunched-up newspaper and play a game of throwing them at the tape: who gets the most balls to stick wins!”
“Fill up margarine and old yoghurt tubs different shapes and sizes with rice, popcorn kernels, lentils and other dried beans or food. Decide to simply brush the floor at the end of the activity. You could have paper and glue as well.”
How is your home a creative place?
“There is a cupboard full of paper, glue, pens, pencils, pipe cleaners, coloured lolly pop sticks, glitter, beads, straws, dough.”
“The children woke really early the other day and instead of switching on the TV to while away the early morning, I put out loads of pots, pans, upturned empty jars and tins, spoons and sticks and we had a drum jamming session. Instead of starting the day feeling resentful at having got up so early and panicked about filling the hours until a reasonable morning time, I felt in touch with the children, happy and creative. There is always something like this going on.”
“A place where family members can display their work and create art or words.”
“Walls are covered with big sheets of white paper ready to make something. Pots with acrylics and brushes are at her reach level. A small stage place is always there in case she wants to dance. Some props like scarves or balloons or pompoms are always at hand. Her pictures and drawings are displayed in the wall together with mine. My house is a happy mess of childhood and adulthood life.”
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- Carnival host and author of The Rainbow Way, Lucy at Dreaming Aloud shares an extract from the chapter Nurturing a Family Culture of Creativity.
- Lilly Higgins is a passionate food writer. Now a mother of two boys, she’s discovered a new calling: to instil in them a love of food and creativity in the kitchen.
- DeAnna L’am shares how visioning the New Year with your child is an invitation to be inspired: use creativity and resolutions to create a fun road map for the year ahead.
- Molly at Talk Birth on Releasing Our Butterflies – balancing motherhood with creativity.
- Laura shares some of the creativity happening at Nestled Under Rainbows and a few thoughts about creativity.
- Georgie at Visual Toast celebrates her own unique culture of creativity at home.
- Esther at Nurtureworkshop spreads the love of the ordinary, the delights of everyday things that can be an adventure of the imagination.
- For Dawn at The Barefoot Home creativity is always a free form expression to be shared by all in a supportive environment where anything can be an art material.
- Naomi at Poetic Aperture is a mother, artist and photographer who tries to keep her daughter away from the expensive pens and paints.
- Aimee at Creativeflutters writes about keeping your sanity and creativity intact with small kids in the house in her post: Mother + Creativity – They Must Coexist.
- Amelia at My Grandest Adventure embarks on a 30 Days of Creativity challenge…you can too!
- Becky at Raising Loveliness explores creating with her smaller family members.
- Jennifer at Let Your Soul Shine reveals how children help us connect to our souls, through music and movement.
- Mary at The Turquoise Paintbrush shares her experiences of creating with kids.
- Joanna at Musings of a Hostage Mother explains why creativity at home is important to her in her post “I nurture a creative culture.”
- It took until Amy at Mama Dynamite was pregnant aged 35 to discover her dormant creative
streak – she has found lovely ways of tuning into it every since.
- Emily at The Nest explores how creativity runs through her family’s life together.
- Jennifer at OurMuddyBoots sees that encouraging creativity in children is as simple as appreciating them for who they are: it just means overriding everything we know!
- Lisa from Mama.ie has discovered that a combination of writing and traditional crafts can provide a creative outlet during those busy early years of new motherhood.
- Zoie at TouchstoneZ argues that the less they are interfered with, the more creative children become as they grow up.
- Darcel at The Mahogany Way celebrates creating with her kids.
- Sally (aka The Ginger Ninja) of The Ginger Chronicles is continually inspired by her own mum and grandmother.
- Just being creative is enough, says Nicki at Just Like Play, as she ponders her journey of nurturing a creative family.
- Allurynn shares her creative family’s musings in her post “Creativity… at the Heart of it” on Moonlight Muse.
- Laura at Authentic Parenting explores how being creative saves her sanity.
- Mama is Inspired talks about how she puts an emphasis on the handmade in her home, especially in the holiday season.
- Kirstin at Listen to the Squeak Inside shares with you several easy ways for busy mamas and dads to encourage their children to be creative every day.
- Mila at Art Play Day always lived in her dreams, sleepwalking through life … now she is finding out what creativity is all about…. her inner child!
- Sadhbh at Where Wishes Come From describes how picture books can nurture creativity in young children.
- On womansart blog this week – nurturing a creative culture at home.