Enhance Creativity In Kids With More Engaging Challenges

When I wrote my article about art challenges for children and matures, I knew that I wanted to share more creative challenges for children that they might want to try while everyone is at home.

Why use creative challenges?

I like creative challenges because they give us a starting point for a series of thematic activities. Sometimes it is difficult to come up with a set of ideas linked to something that your child really likes or that you hope he will be more interested in.

Even if you don’t use a challenge in the traditional way (doing an activity every day for several days in a row), you give them many opportunities that will hopefully prevent your child from saying that he is bored.

There are all kinds of challenges, from building with Legos to stem challenges, ideas about nature, writing challenges, fitness and much more.

Simple creative challenges for children

If you want to use a predefined challenge, here are some great options. Some of them have been designed as challenges, while others are just excellent lists of options from which you can choose to create your own challenges for your children (more information below).

Building, stem and steam –

10 days of easy Easter rays: Team Cartwright

100 little houses: barley and birch (this one is updated regularly and is SUPER cute)

30-day Children’s science activity planner: Darcy and Brian

Construction challenge, Lego spring challenge and Lego winter challenge: at home all year round (note that printable lists power 99 cents)

31 days of low-prep steam activities for kids: our family code

Reading and writing challenges

Bingo Book Reading Challenge: Team Cartwright

Spring writing challenge, one book a day challenge, Bible love challenge: homeschooling all year round

30-Day Doodle Challenge: Diary of a journal planner

25-day reading task for children: natural life at the beach

A year of reading problems for children: a soup with imagination

More than 250 creative writing prompts for children: friends of the diary

20 fun writing tips for kids: poetry 4 kids

Nature and Health

4-week bucket list-nature and activities: take mom outside

Challenge to exercise and be healthy challenge: homeschooling all year round

23 outdoor activities for children: hands on the body as we grow

25 outdoor activities in the natural sciences: small containers for small hands

Glitch-boredom and challenges without a screen

Screen-free activities for children: NutureStore

Winter anti-boredom challenge: Homeschooling all year round

50 ideas without a screen: your modern family

How to create creative challenges for children

If you want to develop your own creative challenges for your children, it is quite easy to do so from the ideas above or search online for activities specific to your challenge or your child’s age, such as my List of Activities for Toddlers 64.

Here are some specific points to consider:

Keep an eye on your children’s interests. Of course, a challenge can be a fun way to improve your skills, but if your child doesn’t like painting at all, he probably won’t enjoy a 20-day painting challenge.

Do your children need/can they overcome the challenges on their own or do they need your help? If you give them something so that they can work, make sure that they can do it themselves.

Are supplies needed to complete the challenges and do you have any?

How long is the challenge and is it too much for your child?

Are the activities too difficult or too easy? A mix of simple things or things that make you feel comfortable with some things that require more effort/time/thought is a great idea.

Consider a variety of activities/prompts. For example, if you are developing a Lego challenge, building a tower and building a building can be very similar. Change it by asking what height of tower you can build or can you design a building that could be built on the Moon?

Ask your children to contribute. Tell them,

What are the challenges for?

Remember that a challenge is a starting point, but it doesn’t have to be rigid. Some days, the children (or you) may not be there, and that’s okay. Maybe they will do it for a few days, then forget about it for a while, but will come back after.

For me, the idea is to have these options available when the children say they are bored or when they don’t know what they want to do. You can spend time in the middle school activities at home or when you need children to have fun.

You can and should also be a collaboration in the middle you and your child to find out more about what he likes and what he likes. Have fun developing and solving creative challenges for children together!

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