10 Creative Play Ideas for Practicing Positive Parenting

10 Creative Play Ideas for Practicing Positive Parenting

Creative play is a very  important part of children’s development.

Play has a very central role your child’s learning and development. Every kind of play, be it free play, creative play, art based or music based play can nurture your child’s imagination. Such activities also allow your child to actively work on developing good motor skills, problem solving and cognitive skills.

Creative play is important for your child to grow well.

Dance, music, visual arts and pretend or dramatic play can help your young child develop their senses, self-reliance, positive esteem and well-being.

Play can also be a way for your child to communicate their feelings and work on developing emotional intelligence. Toddlers and preschoolers don’t always know exactly  how to explain what they’re feeling.  Play and creative outlets can be the perfect way for a child to show you how they are dealing with feelings such as anger, sadness, worry and even happiness.

Painting, dancing, singing, crafting all can be a positive learning experience as well as a way for you to connect with your child and step into your child’s world.

Creative Play Fosters Cooperation and Understanding


When you engage with your child in creative activities you can also foster cooperation, understanding and togetherness.

Six Benefits of Creative Play for Young Children and Parents

  1. An opportunity to work together: setting up and cleaning up activities can be done collaboratively
  2. Learning to respecting each other’s creativity & thought processes (especially when you allow your child creative freedom)
  3. Practicing how to navigate conflicts: Stay calm when paint goes flying and seek to engage with your child to problem solve
  4. Autonomy for your child as they experiment with sorting, reaching, passing, measuring supplies and so on.
  5. Improved communication when you use activities to work on listening, acknowledging, encouraging and appreciating your child
  6. Building mutual respect for limits by being kind and clear when there are challenges such as a child painting on the walls vs painting on the paper.

Here are some creative play ideas to do with toddlers, preschoolers and school aged children to practice positive parenting and have loads of fun.

Picklebums From a former preschool teacher and mum  shares Simple water play ideas.

water play for toddlers



 Let the Children Play  celebrates the importance of play in the lives and education of our children by sharing experiences in a play-based preschool and providing inspiration, tips and information to help parents and teachers. Here is a lovely waterfall project that offers opportunities to practice cooperation.

waterwall for kids

Adventures at Home with Mum Kid friendly blog with all sorts of messy, fun and creative play ideas. This Dinosaur Egg painting activity is great for creativity, motor skills and conversation building.

dino egg painting for kids

Red Ted Art:One of the best websites for finding creative, playful and art based activities for children.  You can find an entire HandPrint Alphabet.

creative play with kids
copyright Red Ted Art

NurtureStore is packed full of creative play, activities and fun ideas, including a weekly play planner you can receive via email which is fantastic!

Foot print painting!

footprint painting kids


Making Egg Carton Bugs is simple and you can make many variations of this activity as well.

bug craft activity


The Imagination Tree From a former primary school teacher and mom, a site full of neat ideas like coloring soap and making slime. Particularly good activities for young children.

soap play for kids


Peace & Be Well,

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Ariadne is a happy and busy mama to three children. She practices peaceful, playful, responsive parenting and is passionate about all things parenting and chocolate. Ariadne has a Masters in Psychology and is a certified Positive Discipline Parenting Educator. She lives on top of a beautiful mountain with her family, and one cuddly dog.

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