Kids can learn and create in a variety of ways. Sometimes I love structured crafts with simple instructions and a specific end product. Sometimes I love open-ended activities that are solely focused on the art process. One of our favorite afternoon activities is to set up simple open-ended invitations to create.
Invitations to create usually include a few simple materials and a fun or unique creative process. Typically invitations to create that we set up are often colorful and messy. Today I am excited to share 10 messy and colorful invitations to create that we've been enjoying lately.
My basic definition of an "invitation to create" is when a parent or teacher arranges simple materials on a table (or other creative area) and the children are encouraged to explore and create using the simple materials and not too much guidance/direction.
These 10 invitations to create that are listed below are just a few of our favorites. I'd love to hear what materials you put out for your kids and what they like to create and explore with.
Click on the names of the invitations to create below to get more details or a tutorial about each activity.