Your child is a bundle of possibilities. The extent to which his/her creative potential is explored is largely dependent on you. One of the best ways to help the development of a young mind is to encourage creative thought. It is important to realise that creativity is more than just arts and crafts – it is a process of thought. Helping your children to express themselves through different mediums helps develop different aspects of thinking.
So, how can you help your child reach his or her creative potential?
Adopt the ‘more than one solution’ approach: You have to encourage your children to come up with more than one solution to the problems they face. Teach them that there is not always one correct answer to every problem; and sometimes you need to think about a problem in multiple ways. This idea can be as simple as telling your child that they can paint on a piece of paper held vertically or horizontally – there is not one way that they are restricted to paint. This basic message will make your child more likely to experiment in self expression.
Let them learn to decide: Teach them how to make a choice. Don’t make all the decisions for your child; rather give your child a choice. Another activity you and your child can work together on is brainstorming. Brainstorming ideas is when you make a written or verbal list of ideas. All ideas are welcomed and no one is allowed to criticise any ideas. During brainstorming your child won’t have to feel pressured and won’t feel afraid of being judged for an unusual idea.
Offer diverse opportunities: The most important part of inspiring creativity is offering your children many diverse opportunities to express themselves. Find your child’s interests and appeal to what they like. Be creative in your medium and your child will be creative in his or her expression.
Creative Play: Even if your child does not seem interested in arts and crafts activities there are still toys out there to encourage creative expression. Any type of pretend play toy pushes your child to create their own games and their own plots for play time. Infants and younger children may not be ready for arts and crafts yet either. However baby activity toys still encourage creativity. There is no one specific way to play with these toys. It is up to your baby’s creative imagination and problem solving to figure out a way to play with an object you hand them.
In addition to offering an endless supply of diverse creative toys, it’s also important to bring creative play to all situations. Encourage creativity during play time, during an outdoor walk, or even during bath time! Constant stimulation through unique activities provides the most creativity-inspiring situations.
Every child has creative potential. Though it may not be displayed in the same way, but they all have their own unique and higher level thought processes. As a parent, you can help your child reach his or her greatest potential through encouragement, offering creative opportunities, and creating an open and comfortable environment.