How to Foster Your Child’s Creativity Through Play

(StatePoint) Playtime is the perfect time to foster your children’s self-expression and creativity. Here are a few fun ideas to try at home.

Build a Fort

Kids get to be builders and architects when they construct the perfect fort from pillows, blankets and other materials found at home. Whether it’s a castle that’s guarding a secret treasure, or an igloo in the North Pole, once built, kids can let their imaginations run wild. A childhood staple, fort-building is a classic way to get creative at home through role play.

Karaoke!

Karaoke is not only a blast, it lets kids take center stage and pretend to be their favorite stars. Consider a karaoke machine built specifically for kids that’s packed with engaging content. For example, the new VTech Kidi Star Karaoke Machine features games, sound effects and voice effects for creative musical expression. Its Music Magic feature allows kids to turn down the main vocal track so they can be the star, and works with MP3 files, streaming music services and karaoke videos, so there’s no limit to their inspiration. A recording feature with fun voice-changing effects gives kids an opportunity to hear their performance.

Host a music theme night, birthday party or put on a special concert. With a disco light that twists 180 degrees for colorful light effects, and audience sounds such as applause, cheering and laughter, kids can truly feel like they’re on stage.

Want to take the show on the road? Consider something portable, such as Kidi Star Music Magic Microphone, which connects to MP3 players and mobile devices and is packed with games and voice effects. For more information, visit vtechkids.com/kidistar.

Go Exploring

With simple tools such as a camera, binoculars, magnifying glasses and a compass, kids can become daring explorers, making important discoveries in the backyard or a nearby park. With a notepad or digital diary, they can record their observations, create maps, take journal notes and more. At the end of the day, let them present their findings to you.

Creative role play can help boost imagination and self-expression. Be sure playtime at your household includes plenty of opportunities for kids to shine.

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