5 Ideas to Foster Creativity in your Kids

March 17, 2017

Many people think creativity is an inborn talent. It is the same as expecting that children are not born equally intelligent. But when it comes to creativity, it is a misconception because creativity is actually more on skill than inborn talent. This only means that parents can help their kids develop creativity while they’re growing up.

Creativity is not limited to artistic and musical expression. It is also important for math, science, social and emotional intelligence. In addition, creative people are more flexible and good problem solvers which is a key to success in almost everything we do. Here are some ideas to foster creativity in your kids.

  1. Provide the resources they need for creative expression
    • Time is the key resource here. Give them more time for imaginative play. Let them have time to play without being limited by adult direction. Don’t correct your child when they are playing unless they are being unkind.
    • Space is also a resource that they need. Give them a specific place where they can make some mess. For example, find a location wherein they can paint or play with their toys.
    • When someone asks for a gift suggestion for your kids, you can suggest things that can be used for creative activities such as art materials, etc.
  2. Build a creative atmosphere for your home
    • Brainstorm ideas for activities you can do for the upcoming weekend, encourage them to come up with ideas – things they’ve never done before.
    • Cover your walls with art and other creative ideas. You can also use posters with your kid’s favorite cartoons on it.
    • Let your kids make mistakes and fail. Kids who are afraid to failure and judgment will limit their own creative thought. Share the mistakes you’ve made, so they’ll get the idea that ‘it is okay to fail because only then you’ll learn.'
  3. Encourage them to read for fun and participate in arts
    • Provide them coloring books with stories.
    • You can also organize a role-play activity that they can choose whoever they want to be.
  4. Give children the opportunity to express "divergent thought”
    • Let them disagree with you. Encourage them to find another solution for a problem. That way, you boost their ability to generate different ideas to solve a problem on their own.
  5. Avoid giving rewards to your children when they showcase creativity
    • Let your children develop mastery of creative activities that they are naturally motivated to do, rather than motivating them with rewards and incentives.
Sources: Greater Good. (2008, August 18.) Back-to-School: Play and Academic Success. Retrieved from http://greatergood.berkeley.edu/raising_happiness/post/back-to-school_play_and_academic_success.; Greater Good. (2008, September 16.) 7 Ways to Foster Creativity in Your Kids. Retrieved from http://greatergood.berkeley.edu/raising_happiness/post/7_ways_to_foster_creativity_in_your_kids.

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