Nurturing Creativity In The Home

Welcome to Week One of the month-long Carnival of Creative Mothers to celebrate the launch of The Rainbow Way: Cultivating Creativity in the Midst of Motherhood

by Lucy H. Pearce

Today’s topic is Nurturing a Culture of Creativity at Home. Be sure to read to the end of this post to find a list of links to the other carnival participants.


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November 27th: Creative Heroines.

December 4th: Creative Inheritance.

December 11th: The Creative Process.


I have loved to create for as far back as I can remember. As a little girl I enjoyed drawing and painting. In our home, creating is about making something from nothing, or making something from several other somethings. Nurturing creativity in our home looks like a basket of scrap fabrics and yarn on the floor, a crate full of construction paper, plain white paper, crayons, glue, scissors, and paint. Everything is made easily accessible for the kids, and I get a kick out of watching them grab fabric and cut it into pieces to make something. I think the best craft projects for kids are the ones where they can grab the materials they need and use their imaginations to bring those materials to life.

Ava's creation
Ava’s creation
Powerpuff Girls
Powerpuff Girls by Kiah – 8yrs old

Legos have been a big hit around here for years. Samuel plays with them almost every day. I still like playing with legos! You can create anything your imagination thinks up.
I wish I had pictures of the cars, boats, and trucks he makes with them, but he’s always in motion. The detail he puts into his creations is amazing. Maybe he’ll be an engineer or when he grows up.

lego play
Samuel 3yrs old.

I like to look at the perfect creations on Pinterest…they’re really cute! I’ve had enough of trying to be perfect in my life. We don’t roll like that over here anyway. What fun is creating if you’re constantly worried about everything being perfect all the time? I think the beauty in creating something is in the imperfections…and usually the person who created the item is the only one to notice them.

a beautiful thing is never perfect


Being creative makes me very happy. I thought I would never learn how to knit and ended up teaching myself via and YouTube videos.
Since the weather has cooled off I always have something on my needles. I recently had two people order cowls from me and I’ll start working on the 3rd order soon… that feels really good!
I made my first pair of crochet earrings the other day.

hot pink cowl

crochet earrings

crochet earring

If I want to nurture creativity in my children, then they need to see me being creative, and I need to create with them.

Nurturing Creativity In The Home

Both girls get upset when they try to knit or crochet and can’t get it quite right immediately. I have no idea where they get that from, hehe.
I keep reminding them that it takes practice and to keep trying until they get it, and I tell them to stop and take a break if they need to.
Ava was so proud of making her first crochet chain scarf that she went on to make two more with no help from me at all days later.

For us, nurturing creativity in the home is about the process as well as the completed project. I don’t know what’s more fun….the process or the finished project.
Don’t think you’re creative? I didn’t either, but I bet you are. I believe everyone has it in them to be creative. It doesn’t have to look the way it does in my family, and you may have to try several different things before you find something that feels like a good fit for you. I think that’s another part of the process and it can be fun. Don’t worry about buying expensive supplies if you can’t afford them. The dollar store, Craigslist, and people you know are valuable resources for getting creative. Sign up for your local craft stores mailing list. Take a class, ask a friend to help you learn, or watch videos and learn in the comfort of your home. If there’s something you’ve been wanting to do, I say go for it. Life is too short to live with regrets.

How do you nurture creativity in your home?


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  • Carnival host and author of The Rainbow Way, Lucy at Dreaming Aloud shares an extract from the chapter Nurturing a Family Culture of Creativity.
  • Lilly Higgins is a passionate food writer. Now a mother of two boys, she’s discovered a new calling: to instil in them a love of food and creativity in the kitchen.
  • DeAnna L’am shares how visioning the New Year with your child is an invitation to be inspired: use creativity and resolutions to create a fun road map for the year ahead.
  • Molly at Talk Birth on Releasing Our Butterflies – balancing motherhood with creativity.
  • Laura shares some of the creativity happening at Nestled Under Rainbows and a few thoughts about creativity.
  • Georgie at Visual Toast celebrates her own unique culture of creativity at home.
  • Esther at Nurtureworkshop spreads the love of the ordinary, the delights of everyday things that can be an adventure of the imagination.
  • For Dawn at The Barefoot Home creativity is always a free form expression to be shared by all in a supportive environment where anything can be an art material.
  • Naomi at Poetic Aperture is a mother, artist and photographer who tries to keep her daughter away from the expensive pens and paints.
  • Aimee at Creativeflutters writes about keeping your sanity and creativity intact with small kids in the house in her post: Mother + Creativity – They Must Coexist.
  • Amelia at My Grandest Adventure embarks on a 30 Days of Creativity challenge…you can too!
  • Becky at Raising Loveliness explores creating with her smaller family members.
  • Jennifer at Let Your Soul Shine reveals how children help us connect to our souls, through music and movement.
  • Mary at The Turquoise Paintbrush shares her experiences of creating with kids.
  • Joanna at Musings of a Hostage Mother explains why creativity at home is important to her in her post “I nurture a creative culture.”
  • It took until Amy at Mama Dynamite was pregnant aged 35 to discover her dormant creative
    streak – she has found lovely ways of tuning into it every since.
  • Emily at The Nest explores how creativity runs through her family’s life together.
  • Jennifer at OurMuddyBoots sees that encouraging creativity in children is as simple as appreciating them for who they are: it just means overriding everything we know!
  • Lisa from has discovered that a combination of writing and traditional crafts can provide a creative outlet during those busy early years of new motherhood.
  • Anna at Biromums shares what nurturing a culture of creativity means to her.
  • Zoie at TouchstoneZ argues that the less they are interfered with, the more creative children become as they grow up.
  • Darcel at The Mahogany Way celebrates creating with her kids.
  • Sally (aka The Ginger Ninja) of The Ginger Chronicles is continually inspired by her own mum and grandmother.
  • Just being creative is enough, says Nicki at Just Like Play, as she ponders her journey of nurturing a creative family.
  • Allurynn shares her creative family’s musings in her post “Creativity… at the Heart of it” on Moonlight Muse.
  • Laura at Authentic Parenting explores how being creative saves her sanity.
  • Mama is Inspired talks about how she puts an emphasis on the handmade in her home, especially in the holiday season.
  • Kirstin at Listen to the Squeak Inside shares with you several easy ways for busy mamas and dads to encourage their children to be creative every day.
  • Mila at Art Play Day always lived in her dreams, sleepwalking through life … now she is finding out what creativity is all about…. her inner child!
  • Sadhbh at Where Wishes Come From describes how picture books can nurture creativity in young children.
  • On womansart blog this week – nurturing a creative culture at home.