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Top 6 Strategies for Developing Children’s Artistic Expression

Top 6 Strategies for Developing Children’s Artistic Expression

In the world of childhood, almost everything is filled with an endless sense of discovery! 

During these foundational years, youngsters come across a kaleidoscope of emotions and situations for the very first time. Excitement, anger, joy, jealousy, sadness, and fear are among the many sensations they encounter. It’s important to express them!

Artistic expression and awareness


Kids are naturally creative — always exploring, making up stories, and diving into imaginative play. In fact, as Pablo Picasso once famously said: "Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up." 

Parents and caregivers can play an important role in encouraging this artistic side, whether it’s through painting, drawing, sculpting, or just letting them invent. It’s vital to realise that these skills aren't just important for now — they set the stage for the future too.

Top 6 strategies for nurturing artistic consciousness in kids


Are you looking for ways to develop your young artist? Infusing art into their lives is a good place to start! This can be achieved through various means, such as taking your little one to art exhibitions or inspiring their own original creations. Here are our top six strategies...

1. Dive into artistic exploration

Bear in mind that, whilst art activities can get messy, they are essential in nurturing imagination and creativity. Don't hold your little ones back from jumping in — and embrace the mess! Engaging in art involves full on, hands-on immersion, as well as a healthy dose of trial and error. Indeed, it’s crucial that kids enjoy the process and realise they might need to redraft their work in order to achieve what they were aiming for.

2. Creating a home workshop

Have you ever thought of designating an area of your home as an artistic workspace? Surround it with a variety of materials that your child can safely recycle, and watch their creativity flourish! Remember — art manifests itself in numerous forms! Your young artist may take on a range of roles — from illustrator to painter, musician to potter, writer to sculptor. Let them express themselves!

3. Lead by example

Take time to nurture your own creativity. Whether it’s colouring, singing, drawing, playing an instrument, or discovering a new hobby, it's important to set an example for our children — they’re the next generation of artists after all!

4. Explore art exhibitions as a family

Together as a family, explore museums and art galleries to spark your child’s passion for art and to nurture their creativity. Engage them in interactive exhibitions — or enjoy virtual tours of renowned museums right from home.

5. Promote reading to cultivate creativity

Have you considered curating a mini children’s library at home? Diversify your home book collection to boost both communication and family bonds through reading. Alternatively, you can promote the creative power of literature by exploring your local library or bookstores with your children. Introducing your little ones to art-themed books can further help to inspire their artistic consciousness. 

6. Participate in creative activities together

Hands-on activities, reading, and exploring the world of music are all potential avenues towards developing the imagination. By experiencing these interests together, you can give your little one’s creative endeavours the spotlight and recognition they deserve — whilst working wonders for their artistic expression. 

The Role of Arts and Crafts

Engaging in arts and crafts is an essential catalyst in developing young artists. Whether it’s painting, drawing, or sculpting, crafts provide the perfect platform for children to express themselves creatively — whilst enhancing their fine motor skills. Let your child explore a range of different materials and techniques, and witness their imagination take flight!

Unleash their imagination with our unique art kits!

Cultivating a passion for the arts in kids is an exciting journey that offers both educational value and immense enjoyment. Elevate the fun of this artistic adventure by exploring the specially curated boxes in our shop…

1. Story Time Fantasy Box: play, perform, and imagine!

Ignite their creativity with the Story Time Fantasy Box! It’s not just about dressing up — it’s about crafting narratives and bringing them to life. Inside the box, you’ll find a dinosaur tail and mask for all your little one’s prehistoric escapades — along with a toucanBox theatre for presenting enchanting shadow puppet performances. This box seamlessly blends the world of performance art with imaginative play, making it an ideal choice for budding actors and storytellers!

2. Costume Box: bringing books to life!

Embark on an interactive literary adventure with our Costume Box! This box invites children to get creative and to embody their favourite characters. Ideal for school events or fun days at home, this box inspires children to bring beloved stories to life while making costumes. Your child will love showcasing their creations, combining imaginative play with the books that inspired them. Perfect for children aged 3 to 5!

Feeling inspired? Check out our Creative Sparks Collection for even more fabulous ideas!

Join our Subscription Craft Club

Stay inspired with our toucanBox Subscription Craft Club. Each box is packed with thrilling art and craft projects, delivering a fresh dose of creativity to budding young artists, each and every month. Join us today and let’s embark on our creative journey together!

Browse our shop

Explore our online store for a diverse selection of arts and crafts kits, tailor-made for aspiring artists. Let’s cultivate the next generation of innovators and imaginative minds!

Written by The Sandbox Team, in collaboration with toucanBox

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