Nourishing Creativity in a Montessori Environment.

The ability to develop creative thinking is an essential stepping stone towards success. According to 1.500 CEOs, creativity is the number one element for “leadership competency” in the future. Source. However, currently, our children are experiencing a creativity crisis. You probably can agree that schools mostly place value and focus on standardized tests leaving almost no place for children to develop creativity.
Why is developing creativity important for children?
What does creativity need to flourish?
How to nourish creativity?
What does a creative learning environment for children look like?
You can find answers to all these questions in this 35-minute video workshop by Maren Schmidt – a certified Montessori teacher, founder of a Montessori school. Maren has more than 30 years of experience working with young children.
                         Outstanding Resources to guide you in nourishing your child’s
How to Prepare a Montessori Home Environment for Art by Confessions of a Montessori Mom blog

The Artful Parent: Simple Ways to Fill Your Family’s Life with Art and Creativity–Includes over 60 Art Projects for Children Ages 1 to 8 by Jean Van’t Hul

“Art making is a wonderfully fun way for young children to tap into their imagination, deepen their creativity, and explore new materials, all while strengthening their fine motor skills and developing self-confidence. The Artful Parent has all the tools and information you need to encourage your children’s creativity through art. You’ll learn how to set up an art space, how to talk to children about their artwork, how to choose the best art supplies (without breaking the bank), how to repurpose and organize the piles of art created, and even how to use kids’ art activities to soften everyday transitions.

The more than sixty engaging kids’ arts and crafts projects included here are accessible and developmentally appropriate for one- to eight-year-olds, and they’re a far cry from the cookie-cutter crafts many of us did in school as kids. From bubble prints to musical chairs art, these kids art activities allow children to explore art materials, techniques, and ideas as they grow more creative every day. With activities for downtimes, action art for releasing energy, and recipes for making your own art materials, this book is your guide for raising an artful family”.

Red Ted Art: Cute and Easy Crafts for Kids by Maggy Woodley

Using recycled and inexpensive materials, this book offers utterly irresistible things to make with your kids. From adorable peanut shell finger puppets to walnut babies, toilet paper roll marionettes, egg carton fairy lights, stick men, shell crabs, and many more, these are projects for all the family to have fun with. The end results are so cute and desirable that they look great around the home, or make wonderfully unique and personal gifts. With a funky, modern design and vibrant photography throughout, this is a must-have addition to every young family’s bookshelf.

Tinkerlab: A Hands-On Guide for Little Inventors by Rachelle Doorley

Kids are natural tinkerers. They experiment, explore, test, and play, and they learn a great deal about problem-solving through questions and hands-on experiments. They don’t see lines between disciplines; rather, they notice interesting materials and ideas that are worth exploring. This book is about creative experiments, in all fields, that help kids explore the world.

Children gravitate toward sensory experiences (playing with slime), figuring out how things work (taking toys apart), and testing the limits of materials (mixing a tray of paint together until it makes a solid mass of brown). They’re not limited by their imaginations, and a wooden spoon can become a magic wand as quickly as a bag of pom-poms can become a hot bowl of soup. This book is about helping parents and teachers of babies, toddlers, and preschoolers understand and tap into this natural energy with engaging, kid-tested, easy-to-implement projects that value process over product. The creative experiments shared in this book foster curiosity, promote creative and critical thinking, and encourage tinkering–mindsets that are important to children growing up in a world that values independent thinking.

In addition to offering a host of activities that parents and teachers can put to use right away, this book also includes a buffet of recipes (magic potions, different kinds of play dough, silly putty, and homemade butter) and a detailed list of materials to include in the art pantry.
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