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Daily Creativity – Simple Things That Nurture Creativity

| June 16, 2012 | 9 Comments

daily creativityWelcome to my new series: Daily Creativity… this is a simple series that aims to nurture creativity and nothing else.

There is no real goal other than exploration, having a go, practising techniques, stimulating and in a small way each day, developing creativity.

It is called “daily”, not because I will post “daily”, but because many of the ideas will be things you can do quickly and easily and on a “daily basis” (if you were so inclined).

Also.. the idea is, not do these things just *once* and tick them off the list, but to do them again and again and again.


It ties in with Kids Get Arty, but is different. Kids Get Arty, has an “outcome”, a piece of art. Daily Creativity doesn’t, but it supports Kids Get Arty, as Daily Creativity let’s your child develop techniques, develop their imagination and memory, learn about colours, about paint and about how things work!

To kick start us off, we did some simple potato printing:

Materials: potatoes, paint, recycled paper

I cut and E and an H out for him. I thought it would make for great pattern exploration, as well as reinforce his alphabet!

We used large sheets of old packing paper that Smudgetikka gave me when she moved house. I think newspaper would be great too. Make it all as “simple” as possible. Encourage waste (for that reason do use recycled materials if you can!!).

nurturing creativity

Interestingly, there was a lot of ANXIETY for Red Ted – he wanted to get things right and perfect and was in some ways overwhelmed by this openendness. So I was even more pleased that we did this. We had a repeat session in the afternoon (with the “city scape” potato prints) and he was much more confident and enjoyed it a lot more.

There can be many learning outcomes to this session – e.g.

* Learning about how to print – sometimes children (and adults) “load” the stamp with too much paint… which gives you a messy resulting printing. Sometimes the 2nd or 3rd print is nicer. But of course it is personal preference.

* Learning about colour – we did mix colours later on, to see what would happen when you mix yellow with red (this distressed Red Ted the first time, he likes mixing colours, but with a brush, not his potato

* Looking at patterns.. what happens when you align your prints, put them next to each up side down etc

We did talked about all of the above, but I let Red Ted do what *he wanted to do*, whilst doing some prints next to him.

potato printing

We will most definitely be doing more potato printing in the near future!


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  1. Anna says:

    Potato letters – brilliant! I love the idea of making shapes with letters, and ultimately a piece of art. We’re going to enjoy doing this!

  2. I love this Maggie. You are right, activities like this are meant to explore over and over again as the child finds it interesting. It is amazing what young children can create when given the tools and an open slate:)

  3. This is great – we are guilty of the loading too much paint in this house – but J loves the SPLATS that he creates at first so loads on even more. I love “making something” with an end product but also love the practising so this new series is great can’t wait to join in 😀

  4. amber says:

    a very fun idea for a series. Your potato prints turned out splendidly.

  5. Red Ted Art says:

    @Cerys but if you LIKE the overloading, then that is fine!! It is all about discovery :-)

    @Amber, thank you, we had fun!!

  6. Danielle says:

    Great post! Looking forward to the series. I am not a crafty kind of person. It is rare for us to do “projects” here, but we do lots of art. I think the process is way more important than the product, especially at a child’s level.

  7. Rebecca says:

    I love that you are going to show the simple things too. It’s great that people can see every project doesn’t have to be a big awe inspiring one. I like the letter idea for potato printing.

    • Red Ted Art says:

      Thanks Rebecca! The next “idea” is VERY simple.. hope you like the VERY VERY VERY simple too!!!

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