A child’s creativity starts with their method of thinking and problem solving. Daily challenges to expand their reasoning and understanding of the world, along with an encouraging environment, allows for a child to develop creativity and become more confident in their views and opinions.
There are a number of ways to develop child creativity, most of which can be incorporated into daily life.
1. Allow for your child to make simple choices
Allow for your child to make simple choices and suggestions, such as what to wear, an activity at home or an outing for the day. This encourages them to think independently, exercising an important aspect of creativity.
2. Encourage independence from caregivers and media
Children who are constantly entertained by others or the television will struggle to find things to do on their own without access to media.
3. Provide items in your child’s environment to stimulate their imagination and develop creativity
Drawing and painting supplies, blocks, books, and random craft-making equipment can all contribute to elaborate dramatic play schemes.
4. Brainstorm different uses for items with your child
For example, a cardboard tube can be a telescope, tower, or person. Validate all of your child’s ideas, praising him or her for such an impressive imagination.
5. Ask your child open-ended questions to stretch their understanding and help them to postulate ideas and development their creativity
Ask your child “what if” questions. “What if people could fly?” “What if people lived in space?” “What if dolphins walked on land?”
Involve your child in figuring out ways to make an improvement upon something. “How can we clean up the living room faster?” “How could we get water to the flowers without spilling any?” “What could we do to make the ball bounce higher?”
Reading to your child is essential and gives your child an excellent opportunity to exercise their creativity. Ask your child what could happen next, or how a character feels (and why).
6. Play with your child
Work together to establish dramatic play scenarios, using substitute items for props when needed. Pretend play allows for children to imagine life from a different perspective, an important building block of creativity.
7. Be prepared for ‘messy play’ to help your child develop creativity
While it may seem that your child is playing in the mud simply to make more work for you, in fact there is a great deal that is learned by playing with such things. When they are finished playing, make it a rule that they need to help clean up. If faced with the choice of getting messy then cleaning it up, or not getting messy at all, almost all children will choose the former option.
8. Engage in story telling
Start a story and take turns building upon it. Follow your child’s lead in what the mood of the story should be. Expect most stories to be more on the silly, impossible side. Since this is just a story, no idea is too far-fetched. This is a wonderful way to help your child develop creativity.
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