Fostering Creativity in Children 🎨🖌
Creativity is not just something we are born with as human beings: it’s something we can foster and train. Even if your child doesn’t feel they are very good at a creative task, if they enjoy it and work at it there’s no stopping them! Creativity is for everyone, not just artists (think engineers, architects, and even mathematicians) – so here’s how you can encourage it in your little ones…
Lose the structure!
As much as it can be tempting to fill every day off with activities that keep you and the kids busy, the immortal words ‘I’m bored!!’ may not be something to dread. Take advantage of days with ‘nothing to do’. Try having a day where the kids are free to do as they please in one room of the house. Put down newspaper and whatever you need to protect the room, then put out everything from paints to old cardboard boxes to toys. Then, let the kids choose what to do. Maybe they’ll draw pictures, maybe they’ll build something. It all comes down to choice – which leads us onto the next point…
More advice on how to set up your home for creativity can be found here.
What kids love about being creative is that they’re not generally being told what to do. Half term and other school holidays are great opportunities to take advantage of the relaxation they’re already feeling. Away from the classroom, kids can be excited by things that usually bore or intimidate them. Let them write stories rather than just reading them. Play dress up; play point-and-click adventure games; foster decision making wherever you can.
Exploring new things
Kids are generally adventurous and willing to try new experiences at a young age, as its a great way to learn more about the world. So, don’t forget to include your kids in planning activities. Greater Good suggests making the planning you do a family activity: ‘encouraging the kids to come up with things they’ve never done before’.
Sharing and performing
Although some children may be shy when it comes to sharing their work, simply talking about what they’re working on one-on-one can be very beneficial. Ask them why they made certain decisions (why a portion of a drawing was a certain colour, for example), and watch as they begin to recognise and improve on their decision-making. Another way to enjoy sharing creativity is to play games as a group. You could try charades or pictionary: any game that requires some creative problem-solving!
Get your thinking caps on over the weekend or your next holiday! You can find a huge list of how to ensure that you nurture creativity in your kids here. And if you’re looking for an app to help boost both drawing and decision making, Artie’s Magic Pencil is available here.