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150 Kids Creativity Activities for Each Unique 'Type' of Child!

Updated: Mar 4, 2022

Children's creativity is unique just like they are!

There is more than one solution to get your kids' creative juices flowing. You can encourage children's creativity in more ways than you might have guessed!

To encourage children to develop creativity we should teach kids there are activities, crafts, and games that jive with their personalities! What does your child like to do best? What do they really not like?

Children's interests matter. If you want your kiddos' "buy-in" on getting creative, check out this list. Maybe you will find some new ideas here and let go of the idea that the creative process looks any set way.

Creative play comes when children use familiar materials in a new or unusual way, and when they engage in role-playing and imaginative play.

Catherine Thimmesh tells parents not to limit their children's creativity to any one field. “Creativity is openness,” she says. “It's flexibility, finding new perspectives, risking failure, making connections.”

This list of all lists will get YOUR creative juices flowing so that you can raise creative kids!

Creative activities for ALL the kids!

These activities are not divided by age or gender. Interests will overlap so check out all the categories!

Outdoor Lovers

  1. Make a birdhouse

  2. Make a bird feeder

    1. This is a cool way to make a treat for the birds. It's heart-shaped for Valentine's Day but could be in the shape of a clover (for Saint Paddy's Day) or a Christmas Tree.

  3. Create a scavenger hunt for a sibling or friend

  4. Do a scavenger hunt or adventure walk

    1. This is a great one that focuses on a sensory experience outdoors!

  5. Paint rocks to place on a neighborhood walk

  6. Collect leaves and preserve them in wax paper (and other ways!)

    1. Not sure how? Check this link out!

  7. Make an outdoor kitchen where the 'chef' uses pine cones and moss, etc to create the menu

  8. Make homemade nature paintbrushes

    1. Go on a nature walk and collect sticks and plants and flowers. Piece them together to make textured homemade paintbrushes.

  9. Role-play with nature crowns

  10. Make plantable seed paper

    1. Seed paper is produced by mixing the recycled paper pulp with seeds and pressing the mixture into a shape. You can use plain white paper, newspaper, tissue paper, cardboard, and most other types of paper (besides paper with a glossy finish) to create the pulp.

    2. Check it out here.

  11. Create fishing poles, swords, and wands

  12. Journal about a nature walk

  13. Have a picnic under the stars. Observe the sky. Write or draw in a notebook

  14. Make stick animals and leaf faces. Create insects with acorns, and sticks

  15. Build fairy houses using only natural materials

    1. Need some inspiration? Here is a fairy house made from twigs and moss

Arts and Crafts and Messes Yahoo!

  1. Make elephant toothpaste

    1. Haven't heard of it? It's so cool and great for creative thinking. Here is a recipe!

  2. Experiment with salt painting

    1. On a paper plate, add a few drops of food coloring on some Epsom salt and mix. Do all the colors your child chooses.

    2. Draw shapes and patterns on paper, apply glue to the designs, and then pour the salt on the glue.

  3. Try a little finger, water balloon, or marble painting

    1. Dip finger, water balloons, or marbles in paint and roll, press, and create on paper!

  4. Make a mud kitchen that serves up mud pies, mud muffins, and mud soups. Yummmmmy

  5. Help aspiring architects get creative

    1. Go to the playground and talk about what could make it more interesting. Suggest kids design an original jungle gym or swing set.

    2. They can use graph paper and draw diagrams and plans with the placement of each piece of equipment.

    3. Then even create a visual representation using straws, cardboard, toilet paper, and paper towel rolls.

  6. Create a planet or galaxy

    1. Make up the name, characteristics, and where it will be placed in the sky. Go further by making a paper mache version of the planet. Splatter white paint on black paper for constellations and then suspend the planet against the "starry background."

  7. Make shaving cream play dough. You only need three ingredients and it's such messy fun

    1. Here is an easy-to-follow recipe.

  8. Make cosmic cloud dough. Another fun playdough that isn't so 'every day.'

    1. Not sure how to start. Check out this pin!

  9. You might need a kit for this, but tye-dye projects are always a hit.

  10. Paper mache ANYTHING from a blown-up balloon to a bunch of crumpled newspapers. You probably have glue and flour (and a wee bit of water to thin it) at home.

  11. Make slime! "Please, mom???"

  12. Cut up all the old papers sitting on the corner of the kitchen counter, put some glue on paper, and THROW the "confetti" in the air. Watch it as it lands and see if it sticks!

  13. Use food coloring in your ice cube trays to create icy paint cubes. After they’re frozen, little hands can move them around the paper to speed up the new paint "utensils!"

  14. Do a mixed media art project. It will be so cool you'll want to hang it on the wall. Check out this website to learn how to start

  15. Make an ART BUFFET. Yep! Put all varieties of glitter, googly eyes, confetti, glue, finger paint, modeling clay, backyard nature collections, paper, string, etc. You'll make your kids' day!

Book Worms and Writers

  1. Create a persona

    1. Children love to transform themselves into characters. Maybe a superhero with superpowers? Create a name, write a script, and draw a picture of the character or superhero logo (that might lead to make-believe play or performing arts!).

  2. Create an original comic strip

    1. Explore the comics section of the local newspaper and discover what makes them laugh. Then, help them create an original comic strip, with characters and illustrations.

    2. Create a storyboard and fill in each box by drawing a scene with a speech bubble. Come up with a name for the comic strip and each of the characters.

  3. Form a family book club

    1. Gather other families from the neighborhood/school and take turns choosing age-appropriate books each month and writing a list of questions for discussion about the characters, plots, themes, and settings.

    2. Make the meetings a fun potluck-style event if that works for you! You could even theme the food to relate to the story if possible. For example, if you're reading James and the Giant Peach, by Roald Dahl, each dish could use peaches - like peach pie or salsa (source)!

  4. Launch a family blog

    1. Sign-up for a private family webpage and add photos and videos from trips/special events.

    2. Each child could add personal (not too personal) information to the page about things like hobbies, goals, and school activities.

  5. Write letters to friends and family around the world, address, stamp, and send snail mail. Get out a map and put a star on the places you are mailing letters.

  6. Create your own mad libs story. Then just blank out some verbs, adverbs, adjectives, and nouns. There are always lots of giggles with mad libs!

  7. Find some writing prompts online.

  8. Make a library (this is make-believe fun too). Kids can make stacks of books that they think are in the same category (by theme or type of book), create library cards, and a system for check-out

  9. Read with a flashlight under the covers or in a tent set up in the basement. Why not?

  10. Make a character from a favorite book come to life ... now is the time for crafting, acting, or drawing.

  11. Write a sequel or a prequel to a favorite book

  12. Start a journal. Kids can have one that is their own private journal, and/or you can write back and forth to each other

  13. Get kids to make a fun slideshow or speech about a book and present it to the family

  14. Make a fun, creative book report using a fav book. You could make it into a mobile, board game, crossword puzzle, and more. Check this out

  15. Invest in or make a quiet book. Want to make one for your child? They might even like to help make it. Here are some great suggestions!

Movie Buffs

  1. Bring Hollywood to the living room

    1. Put together a television show or movie. Create a name, outline a concept, and write the script.

    2. You could also assign specific roles to each family member: scriptwriter, director, camera operator, actor, etc.

    3. Then use a video camera (or phone) to film scenes.

  2. Craft DIY cardboard cars and host a drive-in movie theatre night. Need some inspiration to make the car - go here

  3. Have a family movie night and then plan a STEM activity that goes with the movie. Here is a fantastic list of movies and creative activities that go with each one

  4. Make a stop-action LEGO movie. You can do it! Here are some helpful tips to get started

    1. You can also make stop-action movies with clay figures.

  5. Go to Pinterest and find a craft that goes with a fav movie. For example, have a child who loves the Trolls movies? Make origami troll dolls, like these ones!

  6. Watch a movie and then act out the scenes together

  7. Make a scrapbook with photos, drawings, and quotes from a favorite movie

  8. Draw storyboards for your favorite scenes from a movie

  9. Start a movie club. Kids could take turns picking the movie or everyone could put their choices in a hat and movie titles could be selected at random

  10. Create a playlist of movie soundtrack songs you love!

  11. Play charades based on scenes from movies or titles of movies (google is your friend for this)

  12. Make your own movie trailer using a video creator tool like iMovie, or make a big movie trailer poster!

  13. Find fun movie-themed coloring sheets and printables like "can you guess the movie" from emojis? Here is one for you

  14. Compete in the "popcorn Olympics" with games like popcorn mouth toss and straw blow. Not sure what the heck we are talking about?! Go here!

  15. Decorate the TV room for an extra-special movie night

Culinary Kids

  1. Host a neighborhood potluck and have your children help with the cooking!

  2. Have a family "bake-off" or "cookoff"

    1. Work with your child on menu creation, grocery store shopping, preparation, and serving the meal.

  3. Play "nailed it" (like the TV series)

    1. Set kids up with some ingredients and a challenge to assemble in the kitchen, like cupcakes with something drawn in icing on top, or cookies cut to a unique shape.

  4. Make easy JELLO popsicles, like these ones

  5. Let your kids go kitchen-wild with expired baking/pantry products. They will love to mix old food/spices/etc with water, add a little salt, maybe some lemon, and create a non-edible-masterpiece!

  6. Make homemade scented playdough like lemon, chocolate, or peanut butter. Here are a whack of playdough recipes

  7. If you dare, do a blind taste test or let the kids do it with their siblings! Someone picks the food or the food combo and the taster has to guess what it is (while wearing a blindfold)

  8. Make pasta noodles. Kids will learn about what goes into noodles and about the value of time. Here is someone who can walk you through it

  9. Bake and mold soft pretzel numbers and letters

    1. Here is the 'how to' of it.

  10. "Washing the blender is another opportunity for learning," Heinecke says (source).

    1. "To teach your kids about a chemical reaction, add 1 cup white vinegar and ¼ cup baking soda to the blender and put on the lid. The explosion of carbon dioxide bubbles will help lift out the gunk." (Just watch out for overflow!).

  11. Make healthy yogurt UNICORN bark. Here is a recipe

  12. Do a kitchen science experiment like making butter. You've never made butter? Follow these instructions

  13. Make stamps out of potatoes!

  14. Put crackers in a Ziploc bag and give your kids a rolling pin. You can use macaroni, cereal, or something you actually need to be prepped for dinner

  15. Play restaurant

    1. Allow kids to choose some items you know they can make and you have ingredients for.

    2. They can draw menus and even set the table.

    3. Friends or family are invited to eat, order, and review!

Tech Fanatics

“When used correctly and in moderation, using technology can help to develop kids’ creative thinking skills through apps, games, and gadgets” (source).

But it's nice to have a mix of ideas, not all of them on screens, right?!

  1. Apps, games, and gadgets.

    1. Video games can help with creative thinking abilities. Pick games that are stimulating and age-appropriate. They can help with problem-solving too!

    2. Gaming devices, telescopes, and toy robots are great tools to explore (source).

  2. For those Minecraft gamers, play this lego grid game

  3. Make a toothbrush robot

    1. You can get fancy robot-making kits or keep it simple. To make the toothbrush robot check this out.

  4. Watch art videos with your kids to spark creativity

    1. Videos about art and artists can stimulate kids' interest in art (source)

  5. Make a cardboard box magnetic Pac-man game. It's like gaming with a twist. Here is a link

  6. Do some LEGO coding. Get started here

  7. Craft a mini ball (or balance bead) game from scratch like this one

  8. Sign-up for a local or online course on coding

  9. Make an AMONG US cardboard game by following this youtube video

  10. Recreate the Nintendo classic Tetris with a free printable here

  11. Draw or paint with an electronic drawing pad

  12. Design and print your own T-shirt

  13. Put a video of your child reading a fav story on youtube, if you're into that!

  14. Take virtual tours of different places around the world

  15. Create your own website! Here are some common website builders

Kids Who Like a Little Less Mess, But a Whole Lot of Fun

  1. Tic tac toe! You only need paper and a pen

  2. Play MASH (Mansion, Apartment, Shack, or House). It is a throwback game for predicting the future, all in good fun. Don't remember how to play?

  3. Make fortune tellers (or cootie catchers). It's origami and a game all in one. Here's how

  4. Back and forth drawing. This can be done at home, at the coffee shop, or while waiting at a restaurant or doctor's office

    1. Easy and fun. Not sure what this is. Check it out here.

  5. Homemade paper plate animal masks, like these ones!

  6. Play memory with objects from around the house

    1. Collect a wide variety of trinkets, gadgets, and silly items. Lay them out and have your partner study the items for a few minutes. Then hide them under a box or sheet and sneakily remove one item. The partner will guess which item is missing.

  7. Make a memory game by drawing or on the computer. Print it on cardstock and laminate it if you can!

  8. Play the floor is lava. There is a Netflix show. Check out four ways to play here

  9. Play board games like Cranium, Scrabble, or Monopoly

  10. Play Pictionary online or the physical game

  11. Make chin faces. We dare you not to laugh at these

  12. Set up a toy "car-wash." You just need toy cars, soapy water, and some sponges

  13. Have a "minute to win it" family fun night. This will get you started

  14. Make a fort out of blankets, pillows, and chairs

  15. Create an obstacle course using everyday objects

Budding Photographers

  1. Give kids the chance to take photos of their backyard, the forest, parks, and on walks around the neighborhood

  2. Make an "old-school" photo album or scrapbook

  3. Make an online photo book using the pictures they have taken

  4. Play online with tools like photoshop, collage-makers, etc

  5. Create a photo booth (source)

    1. Gather up old clothes, costumes, and interesting props from around the house.

    2. If you need some extra supplies, check out a local thrift shop.

    3. Set up an area for your kids to take photos. You can clear a wall space or hang a sheet for a good background.

    4. Dress up and snap away!

  6. Use sidewalk chalk to make a photo "walk." Friends have to stop for a picture and strike a pose in each chalk circle or square following the instructions (written in chalk). For example, "do a lunge" or "pretend you're sad."

  7. More creative chalk picture ideas here

  8. Send your kids on a photo scavenger hunt like this one

  9. Capture reflections in puddles or streams

  10. Experiment with light and shadows to make cool photos

  11. Try this LEGO minifig photo idea. So fun!

  12. Follow these 15 Photography Projects so kids can practice taking close-ups, scenery, and even shoes

  13. Make a cardboard camera. Some instructions here

  14. Take a photo and turn it into a popsicle stick puzzle. This is a great gift idea too. Check it out

  15. Make rock photo holders. Another good gift idea. Like this

Dramatic Play Virtuosos

  1. Play doctor, house, zoo, farm, space station, school, or store. Join in the imaginative play by taking on a role yourself

  2. Play with stuffed toys or puppets (make simple puppets by putting your hand in a sock). Let your child lead your playtime together

  3. Start a neighborhood theatre group. Kids can write and perform their own plays

  4. Play charades. Come up with creative scenarios for your kids to act out

  5. Get a large cardboard box and cut out windows and doors and turn it into a playhouse

  6. Draw portraits of each other and act out the scenes

  7. If your child is into superheroes, tell them to think of the power they might want as their own superpower feeling

  8. Create a cardboard puppet theatre

    1. Like this!

  9. Put on a magic show. Here are 20 easy magic tricks for the kiddos

  10. Pretend to be different animals and make animal noises

  11. Plan a political platform

    1. You can teach how political campaigns work by holding your own election.

    2. "Suggest two child-friendly opposing topics (i.e. Candy Land vs. Monopoly, cats vs. dogs, ice cream vs. Popsicles) and have two children choose which topic each would like to represent. Talk about the debates that happen during a campaign and create posters, slogans, and arguments to illustrate why one choice is better than the other one. Then hold a campaign period at home for a week or two, and work on formulating arguments. Set aside a day to have a real debate and have friends or family members as the audience (source)."

  12. Cut out shapes from colored paper and create a collage backdrop for a stage for all the make-believe fun!

  13. Find some scripts online and have fun role-playing and practicing those acting skills! Here is a source for you

  14. Start a YouTube channel to share your talent!

  15. Make your own shadow puppet theatre. Here is a video

Musically Inclined

  1. Create a music video or recreate a famous one with the family. Add original lyrics and even costumes!

  2. Start a music club with weekly get-togethers or video chats for the kids to listen to new music and talk about their fav artists

  3. Expose your kiddos to classical music with a twist like the 2Cellos (do YOURSELF a favor and check them out here)

  4. Sign-up your children to learn how to play an instrument or teach them yourself if you're a pro!

  5. Video games like guitar hero and just dance will be a hit

  6. Craft your own instruments and make a band

    1. Here are 20 ways to get started. Think water xylophone, homemade harmonica, and plastic cup noisemakers!

  7. Create a song about your family or your friends

  8. Try tap dancing by following a Youtube video like this one

  9. Draw pictures to go with your favorite songs

  10. Use musical instrument picture cards and form the instrument on the card using playdough. Older kids can try and group the instruments by category like brass, woodwind, string, and percussion

    1. Here is a great free printable.

  11. Play a game where kids listen to songs from around the world. They guess where they are from and put a musical note on a map to show the spot. Not sure where to start, check this out.

  12. Play musical chairs or hot potato!

  13. Give kids ribbon wands and rhythm sticks to use when listening to music. They can try to echo the sounds they hear with the way they use their bodies and noisemakers.

  14. Compose songs using GarageBand and other music software

  15. Make a sparkly microphone craft for all the rock star moments ahead. Here's one

Creative expression is beautiful!

"You can't use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have." ~Maya Angelou

Encouraging children to express themselves and focus on activities that they love leads to a creative process that is unique just like they are!

Creativity correlates to high emotional intelligence in young adults. Activities like drawing can reduce stress.

Pretend play gives an opportunity to practice original thinking. Art and creative expression can even help children recover from trauma.

When you foster creativity children learn to use their imagination, they develop fine motor skills, and they grow up to be creative people with more self-confidence!

Short on time or money? Just pick something from the list that works for you and your children. There are many creative ways to help your kiddos grow up to be creative adults!

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