1. Get into the habit of creating.
Carve out space and time for creativity, and then stick to it. People wrongly assume that "creative types" are blessed with some sort of spark of ongoing inspiration. But creativity takes time, patience, and commitment.
2. Keep it simple.
Fancy equipment, expensive toys, and elaborate playroom are NOT required for creativity. In fact, they can sometimes get in the way of the creative process. Instead, aim for objects and ideas that ignite imaginative play or force your child to see the world in a new way.
3. Stop telling your kids what to do.
Give your child some freedom. Let them take charge from time to time. Try saying "yes" as much as you can, especially when your kid is working on a project. Multiple studies have found that when parents have high demands for their children, creativity drops.
4. Emphasize process over product.
Creativity dies when failures are frowned upon. Instead, honor mistakes. Ask questions about what your child is doing and why they're doing it. Learn what they like about the process. Get them excited by the journey and focus less on the destination.
5. Take time for your own creativity.
Children learn best by example. And when you value your own creativity, they'll see the value that much more. Invest time and energy into your passions and then help your kids do the same.