A Guide for Every Parent and Teacher: Developing Creativity in Children
Ideas on how to aid cognitive development in children through creative play.
Creativity is a wonderful trait, be it in children or in adults. If you’re a creative person yourself, you’ll be great in helping your children develop their creativity. Help them create ideas and come up with solutions to various problems. But more importantly, make sure it’s going to be fun for all of you!
While some children may easily express their creativity, others need more help. But don’t worry, you’re in for a treat today because you’ll be learning some ways on how to encourage children to let their creativity out!
Lessen screen time.
A study shows that about 20-30% of a preschooler’s waking hours are spent behind a screen of an electronic device. While some virtual games may be educational for kids, letting them stick with those will hinder them from letting out their maximum creativity. Get them to actually do something. More importantly, spend some time with them so that you can teach them and to make playtime more enjoyable!
Choose creative play activities that adults and children can do together.
Play time would be more enjoyable for children if you joined them. You get the chance to bond with them, and teach them about fun activities that don’t involve hours of hiding behind a screen. Enhance your children’s imagination through activities that simulate the brain.
Here are some ideas:
- Play word games.
- Build castles in a sandbox.
- Build a fort in your living room.
- Make collages.
- Create tiny animals with playdough.
- Decorate a cake.
- Play dress up.
- Build a cardboard house in your backyard.
- Paint each other’s face.
- Play treasure hunt.
- Paint randomly on an empty canvas.
Activities like these also help in the development of a child’s motor skills. However, even though you’re doing these activities together, don’t be too bossy. This brings us to our next point.
Provide the materials that would help them express their creativity.
During birthdays, Christmas, or whenever you feel like giving presents, give your children some art supplies and other things that they would need to express their creativity. Store these in containers that they can access anytime they want. You must also provide a space in your home wherein they can unleash their creative side.
Let your children explore ideas on their own.
Children will feel more accomplished when they achieve new things on their own. So, let them express themselves. It would be nice if you guide them and teach them what you know, but you have to give them some time on their own too. Letting them figure out how to do stuff is one great way to develop creativity and resourcefulness in kids.
Apart from sharpening the creativity, what’s great about incorporating art into children’s lives is that it relieves stress and anxiety. Research shows that art is indeed therapeutic. In fact, it is being used in therapy to reduce physical and emotional distress.