In addition to being an incredibly useful skill, creativity is also a fundamental phase in the development of your children. Use the following guidelines to ensure that your children take advantage of all the benefits and rewards that creative thinking has to offer.
Provide Resources for Creativity
Don’t worry, this doesn’t have to be expensive. Resources can be as simple as sheets of paper, pencils, time and space. Provide your children with an appropriate area to be creative and segments of time they can use to explore freely. Material resources such as paint, a camera or musical instruments are important, but the right mindset is equally relevant, as we’ll see below.
Avoid giving directions when while your children create. Embrace the openness of the creative process. This is key to allow your children take full advantage of the benefits of creative thinking. Let them make their own creative decisions when it comes to the subjects to depict, the materials to use, or the rhythm of work. Tolerate mess and accept it as a part of the creative process. Being able to enjoy creative freedom is fundamental to your children’s development, as it strengthens their personality and allows them to try their hand at an array of useful life skills.
Speak About Art
Don’t be afraid to talk about art with your children. Make it a topic of everyday conversation. This is also a way of enhancing the parent-child bond. Tell your children why you enjoy a certain song or picture and show curiosity about their tastes without being judgmental. Some questions you may consider asking are:
- What’s your favorite TV or literary character?
- Why do you like that movie so much?
- What would you do in that character’s place?
- How do you think that character would solve this problem?
Ask for Ideas
Creativity isn’t limited to the process of making art. Creativity is a way of life. Exchange ideas frequently with your children. Ask them for ideas (without turning it into a chore), and communicate your ideas to them as well. Then listen to their feedback and discuss it together. This teaches children that perfecting an idea is also part of creativity, and that creativity doesn’t have to be an individual endeavor. In fact, some of history’s most important technological and artistic creations are the product of the work of two or more people.
Here you will find some past posts covering topics related to creativity. Read them to find more guidelines and ideas to stimulate creative thinking in your children!