Encouraging Creativity & Imaginative Play Despite the Mess

Today, I wanted to share with you a lesson I’ve learned about getting out my kids’ way and allowing them to be creative and follow their imaginations. As you will see, my yard is a mess according to adult standards, but to my kids, it’s a bounty of creativity.

I cannot even begin to count the lessons they have learned while playing out there, and the lessons I have learned about what goes on in my kids’ minds, about their abilities & interests, and about who they are.

What do you think? Where’s that line between giving them the freedom to be creative and engage in imaginative play and keeping things neat and orderly?


P.S. Not even an hour after I shot this video, the other kids came out and built on what my duaghter created. Now there’s wooden bridge all the way across the pond, brick sides to the corral, and an obstacle course. Who knows what it will look like tomorrow :)

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4 Responses to Encouraging Creativity & Imaginative Play Despite the Mess

  1. Susan says:

    This is fabulous. We live on 40+ acres. I definitely have the space to let my kids be creative and explore like this. I think that will be a goal of mine this Spring and Summer.

  2. Shannon says:

    Oh 40 Acres…that sounds wonderful Susan! I bet your kids have a great time outside :)

  3. Goodness! I grew up in Eureka. :) I jumped when you mentioned you were living in Ferndale. Oh the times we spent in Ferndale…especially the Red Front Store and those yummy hot dogs, and the candy at Golden Gait Mercantile…

    I came across your blog and this particular post when I was looking for articles to use to highlight on why it’s OK to have a mess when kids are playing. Excellent! I hope you don’t mind, but I’m linking your post to my webpage today in my post about “The Joy of Clutter”. :)


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