Encouraging your kid to explore, exploit and enjoy their creativity is an essential part of their cognitive and emotional development. Through creativity, children learn how to express and cope with their feelings, as well as giving your kid different opportunities to try new ideas while also improving their divergent thinking and problem-solving skills. Therefore, instead of trying to suppress their creativity, we should encourage it, even when we might think we don’t know how or where to begin.
The very first step to encourage our kids’ creativity is by being a role model and inspiring them to explore and exploit their own creativity. Instead of feeling like we don’t have any talent, we should show them that we are interested and curious about what we can create. Also, we need to keep in mind that creativity is more about the process than the product, so don’t be afraid and try something new.
A great way to keep your child motivated and interested in exploiting their creativity is by showing them that you prefer their original work rather than anything else that is copied or traced. As we mentioned above, your kid will be able to develop different problem-solving strategies while working on a piece of kids’ art like drawings or crafts. Remind them that they are in the right path and encourage them to keep experimenting.
Whenever your child shows you a picture or a project, it is important to let them know why we like it instead of only saying that it is “pretty” or “cool”. Try to use phrases that can help your kid learn new vocabulary and motivate them to keep trying their hardest at the same time. Saying things like “I like the colors because they remind of…” or “I like how you used curved and straight lines together because…” are more helpful than plain, common, and even overused adjectives.
Lastly, the next time we think of buying a coloring book for our kids, try to choose something that will actually stimulate their creativity. Whenever our kid completes a drawing or model designed by someone else, they get a quite small and temporary sense of accomplishment. Thus, try to buy plain drawing notebooks and plenty of useful materials every once in a while. This will help them discover new ways to use them and develop more valuable skills.