12 Easy Creative Table Prompts for Kids

If you’re looking for a simple way to set up creative provocations that encourage curiosity and imagination, you will love the Creative Table™ Project. These activities won’t take a lot of time to set up, and while your child creates you can step back while they enjoy the process of exploration.

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The Creative Table™ Project invites you to share an image of a creative invitation, prompt, provocation, or set-up. 

The creative table set-ups are simple: Clear a table, place the inspiring materials in an inviting arrangement, and invite a child to create.

There’s no right or wrong way about it. While we may have an idea about how the other person will use the materials, it’s ultimately up to the child to determine the outcome.

You can read more here for tips on how to set  up these creative table provocations.

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Tape and Paper Bags

Paint and Looping Lines

Tape and Paper

Doilies and Scissors

Leaves and Glue

Stickers and Frames

Glue and Sand

Doily and Watercolor Painting

Valentine’s Day Cards

Cardboard Heart Stamps

Blend Chalk Pastels

Glitter Pine Cones

If you’re new to all of this, find out how to set up a self-serve maker space for kids.

3 More Easy Creative Table Invitations

If you enjoyed this, check out 3 Easy Art Invitations that Encourage Creativity and Independent Thinking, an article I wrote for Modern Parents Messy Kids.

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  1. I really feel like we haven’t been getting arty nearly enough lately – I definitely blame winter! But as soon as the rain and wind stops, I am going to set up our creative table activities again outside 🙂

    There are some lovely simple ideas here Rachelle 🙂

    • It’s hard to imagine winter while we’re experiencing sandal weather! Funny enough, we seem to be better at creative activities when the weather is poor because we cozy up inside and make, make, make. Thanks for your comment, Kate.

    • I’m glad to hear that it’s inspiring you, Joanna! Sometimes it’s the daily practice or routine of it that helps kids make the leap.

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