How to Raise Creative Kids
Crayons were virtually born in the hands of my children. They can do it all: drawing, painting, crafts, you name it.
On the other hand, what about me? Crafts dull my brain, and sketching and painting are, in my opinion, equivalent to fully comprehending nuclear physics.
I like how open my children are to artistic expression, but I frequently worry how I, a self-proclaimed non-creative, can contribute to their development.
Is there anything parents can do to encourage their children’s creativity?
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Why We Must Support Creativity
Being able to express, innovate, and think creatively may fill the spirit, as any creative person can tell you.
But, in addition to the pleasure people get from the creative process, there are other advantages, such as the capacity to perceive the world in new ways, think outside the box, and come up with new ideas.
These abilities enable people to create new technology, enhance existing ones, and alter the world for the better. In fact, according to a study of 1,500 CEOs, creativity is the most sought-after quality in today’s market, surpassing rigour, managerial discipline, integrity, and even vision.
Ken Robinson explores the significance of innovation in today’s ever-changing economy in his renowned TED presentation. He claims that learning a certain skill set could become obsolete in a few years. Instead, being able to think creatively – or, to put it another way, being flexible – is what truly prepares kids for the unknown future ahead of them.
While schools are beginning to realize the value of creativity in the classroom, parents can help their children develop a creative attitude.
Encouraging Creativity In Kids
What’s the good news for parents who want to raise creative children? It’s a lot less difficult than you would imagine.
That artist buddy who does children’s art projects every afternoon down the block? Sure, her love of art has rubbed off on her children, but that doesn’t mean the rest of us are at a disadvantage.
Those of us who don’t consider ourselves to be very creative have an opportunity to raise creative children. It’s just a matter of knowing what children require in order to cultivate a creative mentality.
Creativity is fundamentally about imagination. Allowing children to use their imaginations, take chances, and express themselves freely is something that all parents can encourage.
While certain after-school programmes may help with creative expression and thinking, creativity is more about discovery than teaching.
Give Your Children Time To Get Creative
Time is the most important guideline for developing creative children. Allow them to explore, think and create, allow their thoughts to wander, and allow them to become bored.
Kids begin to explore their hobbies during this unstructured time, whether it’s building a fort in the woods, building a structure out of Legos, or sketching with Cray-pas.
While sports, the arts, and other activities can be beneficial to children, they also require a significant amount of time alone, preferably every day, to daydream and follow their own interests.
So, the next time your kids complain about being bored, don’t jump in with a craft project or, worse, hand over the tablet so they can watch a TV. Instead, assist children in identifying things that they can pursue on their own. After conquering boredom a few times, children will typically begin to entertain themselves without the assistance of their parents.
While creativity can happen anywhere and with almost anything, giving resources for children to explore and create can help them to be more creative. These items do not have to be costly. And, more often than not, children gravitate toward goods that are completely free.
I don’t advocate allowing children to dig through your garbage, but there are some hidden gems in a recycling bin.
Egg cartons, toilet paper rolls, and cardboard boxes all allow children to express themselves creatively. There is no handbook that instructs them on what to do. It is up to the child to select how these things will be used. Open-ended projects require a lot of thought, spontaneity, and creative thinking.
Having a lot of art supplies around the house gives childrens more options for open-ended creativity. Kids can use paints, crayons, clay, and markers to express themselves creatively. Here are some of the items we keep in our home:
- Modeling clay
- Play doh
- Popsicle sticks
- Glitter glue
- Large and small drawing paper
- Stamps and stamp pads
In addition to this list, children can utilize pine cones, leaves, sticks, shells, and acorns, to mention a few items found in nature.
Open Ended Toys
Toys with no clear function are also a fantastic way to get children’s imaginations going. These toys don’t come with instructions, so childrens may play with them as they choose. Among the most popular open-ended toys are:
Accept the mess. The creative process nearly usually involves a lot of mess. Allowing children to freely explore their creativity may result in their hands and bodies being covered in paint, little bits of paper littering the floor, and an open container of glue pouring out over a table.
However, just because you let your children become involved in a creative endeavour doesn’t mean you have to live in a tumultuous environment. The following are some ideas for encouraging children’s creativity while keeping the clutter to a minimum:
Choosing one space – a playroom, kitchen, or porch – where creativity may bloom.
After the creative process is over, give the childrens responsibility for cleaning up. While your aid could be required for a few objects, children should and may participate in the clean-up process.
Make A Creativity Space
Embrace your own creativity: If you’re anything like me, you may feel totally inept at sketching. But whatever you do, don’t tell your children. Your children will pick up on your confidence in being creative.
Refrain from directing: Allowing children to explore on their own opens their eyes to new ideas and helps them develop self-direction confidence.
Keep an eye on what you say: When kids finish an assignment, it’s normal for parents to remark “good work.” However, according to experts, it is preferable to recognize a childrens hard work, commitment, or ingenuity.
Always keep in mind that creativity is not a competition: never compare your childrens creations or works of art to those of others. Any criticism or comparison at this point may lead children to believe that being creative or imaginative isn’t worth it if they don’t meet standards.
Allow children to be self-motivated when it comes to creativity rather than rewarding them for it. Incentives and rewards can stifle the creative process.
While most of the creativity is based on hands-on experimentation, creative thinking is more in-depth. In addition, instilling confidence in children’s capacity to solve problems and come up with answers fosters a creative mentality.
For instance, if your child inquires, “Why is there a moon in the sky?” Your initial thought could be to explain the solar system, the moon’s composition, or even the astronauts who have stepped on the moon.
Instead, ask a question like, “Why do you believe there is a moon in the sky?” invites children to use their imaginations and limited information to answer the dilemma of the moon’s role.
Respond To Mistakes Properly
Creativity is frequently suffocated by fear of failure. While it is difficult to make children feel like a failure when they present an art creation, they can acquire a developing sense of not meeting standards in other aspects of their lives.
According to a recent study, parents have a significant influence on how their children perceive and deal with failure. Our reaction when a child finishes last in a swim meet or gets a D on a math test might shape their perception of intellect.
There is less fear of failure if children perceive intellect as something that develops through hard work and effort. However, if intellect is viewed as fixed – something that cannot be changed — fear of failing and being revealed as worthless might arise.
Parents may assist their children by continuously conveying the belief that failure is an opportunity for learning and growth. Instead of being concerned over a kid’s D grade, a parent might inquire about what the child learnt from the test. And whether approaching the teacher for aid before the test would be beneficial in the future.
When children are bored, their creativity and imagination frequently spring to life. Or, to put it another way, you have unstructured time and are not being directed by an adult.
Boredom is typically relieved by screen time, which provides children with a means to pass the time when they have nothing else to do.
Given the numerous educational applications available, technology is undoubtedly useful in certain ways. The trick is to hit a balance, ensuring that, in addition to screen time, children have enough unstructured time to let their imaginations run wild.
Encourage Risk Taking
Allowing your child to jump from a seven-foot shed? This is most likely not the greatest idea. Supporting your childrens desire to audition for the school play, despite his fears? A parenting triumph in encouraging children to take good risks.
The more children feel secure putting themselves out there and overcoming their fears and intimidation, the more confident they will be in expressing themselves artistically.
Parents may motivate their children to take healthy risks. Supporting children’s risk-taking is not always simple, especially when children’s emotions get in the way. Here are five ideas for assisting children in taking chances that give advise on how to encourage but not coerce children into confronting their anxieties.
Stop Being A Helicopter Parent
Whether you’re a helicopter parent or a tiger mom, It is impossible to teach a child to be creative. When you try to create a particular level of success, all you get is an ambitious robot. Allow your children to follow their own interests rather than yours if you want them to contribute fresh ideas to the world.
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