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Jul 092012

Have you ever noticed my tagline at the top of the page? Encouraging learning through creativity and play. Have you ever paused to think about what that means? Jillian Riley, author of A Mom With A Lesson Plan, knows exactly what I’m talking about. She was actually one of the first blogs I started following and reading every post. Her view of learning through play is very much in line with mine. It is exciting to see all of the creative things that happen in her world – all because she opens the door for them. Her eBook, Raising a Creative Kid: Simple Strategies for Igniting and Nurturing that Creative Spark, teaches us how to cultivate creativity in our children.

Raising a Creative Kid


Why I Recommend Raising a Creative Kid

What you’ll learn:

  • how to setup an open-ended creative environment
  • how to select toys that foster creativity
  • how to select materials that promote creative minds
  • how to speak in a way that encourages creativity

Jillian provides examples of her own children’s creativity in her Creativity in Action sections. Through them, we get a clear picture of what creativity can look like.

Exercises for practicing creativity are given at the end of each section. These are worth buying the book all on their own!

Take home point: After reading this book, you will come away inspired and excited by your new knowledge of how to raise a creative kid.

Jillian has more reviews of the book on her website.  You can also take a peek at the Table of Contents.

Interview with the Author


Hi! I am Jillian, author and creator of A Mom With A Lesson Plan. I believe that life offers an abundance of learning opportunities. I love figuring out what they are and how they can be expanded on. A Mom With A Lesson Plan gives me the opportunity to help other parents find those learning experiences right along with me.

My Questions for Jillian:

Question 1:  What does being creative mean to you?

Creativity means having the confidence that you will be able to find an answer, whatever the situation might be. While using creativity can be fun, relaxing, and profitable I think the bottom line is that being creative makes you a problem solver.

Question 2:  Why is it important for our children to be creative?

If we think of creativity as problem solving it’s easy to see why creativity in our kids is so important. Since it is impossible to know what situations or opportunities will be presented to our kids we want them to be prepared to creatively handle anything that may come along.

Question 3:  What did you learn while writing Raising a Creative Kid?

This question is kind of funny because my first thought is that I learned A LOT! From writing to marketing to formatting, I did just about everything on my own (with help from my husband). That meant a lot of research, a lot of trial and error and a lot of creative exploration. I guess my answer is that while writing Raising a Creative Kid I learned that fostering creativity is as important for us as adults as it is for our kids.

Question 4:  Can you gives us an example of something Big M and Little M have created or a problem they have solved with creative thinking?

Big M creates all the time. This morning he dragged an old rain gutter, two large orange cones and a bucket full of wiffle golf balls over to the slide. I watched as he placed the cones on either end of the rain gutter and propped one cone up on the bottom of the slide. He spent the rest of the morning dropping balls down the slide, into the cone, through the rain gutter, out the other cone. The pride on his face as he watched his idea come to life was exactly what drives me to provide them with a creativity rich environment.

Little M loves to sing. She makes up songs while she is playing or working. One of my favorite things is to sit close to her while she plays and listen to her stories unfold.


A Giveaway

I am excited to be able to give away one Raising a Creative Kid eBook to one of you!

Raising a Creative Kid

 To enter to win, leave a comment below (= one entry).

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The rules:

No purchase necessary. Odds of winning are based on number of entries. Sweepstakes starts on 7/9/12 and ends at 11:59pm CDT on 7/15/12. eBook is valued at $7.99. Two entries are allowed per person. Eligible to anyone worldwide, 18 and older. I use the plugin And the Winner is to randomly select a winner from the comments. When the giveaway ends, I will contact the winner by e-mail. The winner will have 48 hours to respond before I randomly select a new winner. The author of the eBook will send the winner the eBook in his/her preferred format (iPad, Kindle, PDF, or Android).


The Book is Available Today

Starting today you can buy your own copy of Raising a Creative Kid: Simple Strategies for Igniting and Nurturing that Creative Spark.    Click on the picture below to take you to the sales page.

Raising a Creative Kid


Remember that raising a creative kid is important and possible. I do hope you agree!
Thanks for stopping by today.  


Disclosure: I was provided a copy of the eBook to review. I am also an affiliate and as such will receive a portion of sales from the book.  The opinions expressed are all mine.

  42 Responses to “Raising a Creative Kid eBook {Review & Giveaway}”

  1. That’s looks like an amazing book to me. Jillian and her blog A mom with a lesson plan is my absolute favorite. Thank you so much Trisha for hosting this giveaway. I am feeling lucky today. Would love to win this.

  2. this is what I also strive to accomplish, to stimulate children creativity and also to inspire as many parents to do so, thats why I posted this on the facebook page of my association dedicated to this goal, Artelier D, Proiecte pentru copii. if I win, I promote it more.

  3. Creativity can truly make a successful individual as creativity teaches so many things – decision making, thinking on your feet, using your brain and body to achieve, etc.

  4. I would love a copy of this!

  5. I have been inspired and challenged by Sir Ken Robinson’s thinking on the importance of creativity in a climate where educators are overly accountable to standardized testing and parents are pressurized by media, advertising and parenting “peer pressure” to formal education too soon, over quality play experiences for young children. As an early childhood educator, this e-book would support me to work with the families within my kindergarten community to promote the importance of creativity as a disposition for children’s life long learning and success in life.

  6. As a parent and early childhood teacher, I look forward to reading this book too. I do think too little value is placed on fostering young childrens creativity. With more and more emphasis being placed on ‘school skills’, it saddens me greatly that the importance quality play-based learning has in the lifes of young children is not appreciated more. Looking forward, the person who can think outside the box and create solutions to problems will be far more employable than those who have only ever been taught to colour inside the lines.

    @Claire – I find Sir Ken very inspiring too. I thoroughly enjoyed his book ‘Out of their minds’ last summer and his talks on TED are very engaging. He’s quite funny too.

    Will be buying this book… unless of course I win a copy :)

  7. This looks like a great book!

  8. Just tweeted this post!

  9. I am so very very grateful I found this info about A Mom With A Lesson plan, I’d never heard about it before and I’m ALWAYS onto new ideas and fun things to do with my kids – I have 2 under 4! I am so excited to start following these two blogs, and finding out more about this book. THANK YOU! x

  10. I’ve read her blog a few times and I’m a first time visitor to yours… but I’m bookmarking both right now to read more! I’ve heard great things about this eBook! ***fingers crossed***

  11. This book sounds amazing! Fingers crossed!

  12. I hadn’t checked out Jillian’s site but now that I have, I know this book must be good!

  13. Always looking for new ways to encourage creativity! Thank you!

  14. Sounds great, would love to win!
    Mari Hernandez-Tuten

  15. There is nothing like the power to create anything! I would love to learn how to Raise a Creative Child. Fingers Crossed.

  16. I would absolutely LOVE to get a copy of this! What a terrific giveaway!!

  17. I have a four month old at home and this new task of being in charge of showing her the world is a bit daunting. There are so many things to introduce her to and ways to stimulate her creativity and thinking. It would be wonderful to have it laid out for me. I hope to get the chance to read your book soon….Hopefully during those baby naps!!

  18. This sounds like a really amazing book!

  19. Oh I would love this book! I have a 9 month old and am always looking for ways to stimulate his creativity!

  20. Sounds like an awesome book!

  21. I have posted to all my mommy friends on face book to check it out.

  22. What a great interview. I’d love to win a copy of this book. Thanks for the giveaway!

  23. Thanks for the opportunity to win a copy – I can see how creativity is so important but I’m not sure how to foster it in my 2 year old

  24. I’m looking to ignite my son’s creative spark.

  25. I am the mom of five children and grandmother to 10. I embraced creativity with my children and am enjoying the wonderful possibilities of doing the same with my grandchildren. Would love to read the book!

  26. Creativity is critical!

  27. Just sent a tweet!

  28. Beautiful ideas and nice cover.

  29. Looks like a great book! Creativity is such an important thing for us to instill in our children.

  30. I’d love to get some new ideas to spark creativity!

  31. I am always looking for new ideas to share with my girls & foster their creativity!
    Here’s hoping good karma is coming my way…LOVE.

  32. Hope to win this book, will probably buy it for myself and a gift for my moms group!!! :)

  33. Creativity is what makes this world. I’ve two children aged 5 and 2 and they fill my world with imagination and creativity and we as parents try to give them the space and time for thier creativity to grow be it in the garden, at night time reading stories, painting magical pictures or going on adventurous walks looking for dragons and fairies. Its a two way thing we become creative through our kids imagination and we let them be free to be creative in whatever way they choose.

  34. I’d love to read this ebook since i’ve been a follower of Jillian’s blog for quite a while now. Great giveaway, thanks!

  35. Your book and wonderful ideas would be so great to pass onto my kids! Look forward to reading it!

  36. I’d love to read this and try some of her ideas out!

  37. As a grandparent I believe in learning as much as I can and helping my children. With new books

  38. I shared the link on Facebook.

  39. This looks like a great book. I’m excited to check it out.

  40. This looks like a wonderful book! I would love to have my own copy :-)

  41. I’m excited to read this one. My little guy is 7 months old and I’m always looking for ways to stimulate his senses… on a budget of course.

  42. I have three amazing boys, 3, 2, and 5 months. I’m always looking for ways to creative spaces and activities for all three. It can be challenging with the age range but not impossible. I’m also starting preschool at home with our oldest. This book really looks like it would help in many, many ways!

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