What about creativity? What about throwing convention to the wind? I don't encourage it as often as I should, in part because I don't feel confident in my own creative abilities and it's not the first thing that comes to my mind when I'm thinking of ways to spend an afternoon. To combat this, we cleared out an extra bedroom in our home and turned it into Calvin's "offce", where he has his own art table and access to a variety of tools and materials. We do create together sometimes, or Calvin will create while I read to him, and we try out suggested crafts pretty often, but some of Calvin's best creative moments happen when he disappears into his office and goes to town with whatever he finds there.
So, what do we keep at his disposal?
glue (of varying types)
tape (of varying types)
hole puncher (single and triple)
odds and ends (leftover packaging, scraps, etc.)
scraps of just about anything
water color paper
water color pencils
lined music composition paper
sandbox and tools
the whole outside
And creativity occurs elsewhere as well, and need not be confined to the tangible. Improvisation at the piano, building with Lego blocks, designing a garden, building a rock sculpture in the yard, writing a story in a journal, acting out a story, or any make-believe play. It's all creativity. Creativity isn't the creation you end up with, it's what happens in the process of creating.
For more on creativity check out this post at OLM.