My daughter is almost 8. She's my little dreamer and she's always talking about her future and has so many plans. She loves fashion design, drawing, playing with her brothers, and playing with her stuffed animals. She loves deeply and constantly puts her heart on her sleeve. She really enjoys designing outfits for her toys. When she grows up, she tells us she wants to be a fashion designer AND president of United States. Her older brother is going to be her Vice President (according to her). Do we encourage her? Absolutely. Her dad and I tell her she can be whatever she wants to be and we support her 100%. She is outgoing and friendly, but I wonder if being a dreamer is going to hurt her down the line? Would that really lead her to pursuing what she loves as a career? I took this quiz on She Knows which gave me some insight on what she may be in the future. After we took the quiz, it told me that she was an artist type because she got mostly A's. Her dreamer traits are creativity, uniqueness, and expressiveness. The quiz said that artists have "active imaginations that they express in unique ways". They may be more emotional, but they use those emotions as energy in their creations." That is completely my kid.
She loves to dream up scenarios and play with her My Little Pony figures or to create a new dress in her sketchbook for an imagined super fancy occasion. It also said "artists want to bring beauty and uniqueness into this world. A child may express this creativity and uniqueness through any career that allows them to create for example, a musician, dancer, painter, chef, journalist or author." Based on this, I think she could express her artistic side in a career as a painter or a fashion designer, using fabric as her tool.
The quiz also talked about taking your young artist on a nature walk and encouraging them to use their senses. This is also perfect because we love to spend time at my in-laws' home upstate and they live in the woods. Since my daughter sometimes has trouble paying attention (she always has so much going on in her head), asking her to focus on what she sees, like the colors of the leaves, patterns in the water or grass, and variations in light, could increase her creativity.
How to Encourage Your Child's Artistic Traits
1. Encourage their interests: If you child likes drawing, get them a notebook to doodle in. Take them to art museums to see different mediums of art and famous artists. If your child likes painting, get them an easel and canvases from the art store. There are small canvas sizes that don't cost that much money. We picked up a big canvas and let her paint outside on our terrace. Also, encourage them to take part in different types of art projects.
2. Dramatic play is essential: dressing up in costumes or setting up scenes with dolls or action figures can spark creativity and imagination. Let them "take" ;their dolls to Arendelle to live with Elsa.
3. Get out in nature. Take a nature walk with your child or hit the local park and ask them to use their senses. What do they see in the patterns in the pond or stream? Do they notice patterns on insects?
4. Read: Expose your child to all different kinds of books (informational or fiction). Teach them about different lands, cultures, other people, as well as myths and legends. This may help spark their creativity and expand what they think about, what they draw, what they design.
5. Journaling: ask your child to keep a diary of what they dream about at night or what they think about. Kids can try to recall what they dream about and jot down a few sentences and draw a picture. Or they can write down their big ideas - ie. Being a dancer when they grow up.
6. Cooking: Cooking can nurture creativity too. Kids can spend time with your or a relative in the kitchen. Forget the recipe and throw together simple combinations to bring out flavors. Experiment!
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