Inspiring creativity in children is one of the sure ways to keep them creating, always thinking of novel ways to fix a problem or simply thinking outside of the box! Here are seven smart ways to inspire creativity in children and we hope you can share some of your own.
How curious is your child? Curiosity is the strong eagerness to know or learn something new. When kids are always excited to discover and figure new things out, they learn more about the world they live in and how to deal with it in clever ways.
They say a good imagination will help develop your child's creative skills and arm them with a lifelong source of entertainment. Kids who have a fun and creative imagination grow up to be interesting adults with sharp minds and an incredible wit.
It is a room, a dedicated spot in your home or even an assigned table where your kids can create intellectual and physical materials using arts and crafts materials. Encourage creativity by providing a dedicated space for it.
Stock it up with bottles of paint, brushes, an easel, colorful blank papers, glue, scissors, glitters, fabric scraps and many other things that can spark their imagination. Have some modelling clay, sponges, washable markers, crayons, a blackboard and set of chalks available too. You can also stock it up with toys that will encourage educational play. It's amazing how productive children can be if they are not always so hooked to their phones and computer tablets. Try it!
While parental guidance is crucial in molding kids as they get older, telling your children what to make or how things should be done may get in the way of their creative juices. It can be a bit tricky, but always give your child the creative freedom instead of giving them rules and directions they should follow.
Encourage creativity in your kids by letting them get messy! This is also one of the good reasons why it is essential to dedicate a maker's space in your home. What may look like a product of chaos and disorder may actually be a creative genius in the making!
They say that mistakes are the best ways to learn and win at life. If kids are not prepared to be wrong, they won't be able to come up with something original on their own. Facilitating the wonder of exploration, discovery and experimentation enables kids to think of original ideas and brand new solutions. If they accept that it will be inevitable to commit mistakes along the way, then they won't be afraid to be creative at all.
Once your child finishes an art project or an art piece, try not to suggest improvements or changes. Let your child own their work and make them feel that what they created is more than enough.