“Creativity is intelligence having fun”
What will be the use of that intelligence which doesn’t bring any joy for you? As well as it could be said, Einstein describes creativity in the best possible way through this quote. More than a tool to become successful in the future, creativity is important for your child to have a happy and fulfilled childhood. Creativity is a way for your child to express themselves freely and in a way that would make them and everyone around them happy. We all have seen children who do amazing things compared to their age which forces us to wonder where did that comes from! This creative energy of children needs to be preserved and nourished to help them develop into outstanding individuals. This is about the joy of having the creative energy around us.
Creativity and 21st Century
Now let’s take a look at how important creativity is as a future skill for your child. The World Economic Forum published a report in 2016 showing that creativity had moved from a tenth place ranking in 2015 to the third most important work-related skill for 2020. The world around us is the most dynamic right now. There are ever so evolving problems and situations for which there are no manuals or pre-designed solutions. Creativity and originality in ideas and methods will be the only way to deal with such a constantly evolving world.
Now that we have established the importance of creativity for children in terms of their present and their future, we need to find ways to enrich their creativity.
Here are some useful tips that you can incorporate in your everyday life to foster creativity in your kids:
1. Give Right Resources for Creative Expression.
Time is a very valuable resource for building up the creativity in your child. Your kids need an adequate amount of time for unstructured, child-centered, and imaginative activities in proper guidance by you.
Space is another key resource for proper expression of creativity which is constantly ignored out of overprotectiveness. You need to provide enough space and freedom to your kid to make that creative mess. The right set of tools can be key here. A corner in the house with different lego activities, a wall for them to paint, a corner in the garden to play can all be right means for your kids to spend their energy freely. Next time you go out to shop, don’t forget to add a lot of art supplies, building materials, a simple camera may be on your list. Let your child have enough things at their disposal to be creative.
2. Provide the Creative Atmosphere
Let the creative energy flow into the surrounding where your kids grow.
Bring about a series of various creative ideas and let your kids build upon those. At the same time, be patient with their ideas. If possible, control your urge to evaluate the ideas they come up with.
For example, you can brainstorm about making a list of different activities you and your kids can do during the vacation. In this context, the process is more important than the possibility and feasibility of ideas so make sure you don’t reject any suggestion from their end. You can probably help them shape up and transform the impossible things into more feasible alternatives later on. Kids love their ideas being accepted.
Let them Fail:
The fear of failure is a major obstacle in thinking something new and it curbs the creative process. Rather than holding up, let them try new things and fail.
Ignite the imagination:
Prepare the surroundings with things that scream of creativity. Let your kids get amazed and inspired by artifacts and technology that might be simple but creative. Tell them about different creative people around the world such as artists, musicians, scientists, and the wonderful things they have done.
3. Provide the Liberty to Explore
Allow your kids to explore on their own. Avoid directing too much and let them decide on their own about how they want to do things. Creativity nurtures when kids have the autonomy to make decisions and explore. Sometimes their action will look weird and wrong but don’t let that force you to intervene. Statistics show that when kids are allowed to explore on their own in their childhood become very good decision-makers as they grow up.
4. Remove Unnecessary constraints
When it looks like they are doing something wrong, let them be. Avoid yourself to teach them the exact ways to do things early on. There may be ways and methods they might come up with which others wouldn’t have thought. Providing constraints in terms of a single right way to do things may abstract any original thought or idea.
According to a study, demonstrating how to put together a model reduced the creative ways that kids accomplished this task.
5. Reduce the Screen Time, Increase the Creative Activities
Limit unnecessary screen time for your kids. Studies show that spending too much time looking at screens numbs the mind and reduces the thought process.
Develop their taste for various activities so that they can enjoy productive activities such as reading, painting, drawing, acting. These activities can get the creative juices flowing.
6. Encourage Divergent Thinking
Multiple ways to solve problems can be a great way to develop original ideas and improve the ways we do things. Let your kids disagree with thoughts and opinions. Encourage them to come up with their own solutions to the problems or come up with their own ideas about any topic. Let them solve a problem again and again with a new solution every time.
7. Avoid Unhealthy Reinforcements
Studies show that unnecessary incentives interfere with the creative process. Avoid giving them rewards or punishments when they succeed or fail while trying to do something new. Let them have the pleasure of getting involved in the process. It is important to choose their own trade or ways to be creative rather than using incentives to direct them towards any trade that doesn’t interest them.
For example, let them draw if they find it more appealing rather than rewarding them to play soccer. Doing what kids enjoy brings the best out of them.
8. Focus on Long Term Skills rather than Short Term Achievements
Try to avoid focusing too much on your kid's short term achievements. The skills and abilities that kids will develop while doing various things with complete involvement will help them lifelong. Achievements that don’t matter them much may bring very short term happiness at best, more to you than them.
Studies show that developing creativity through any means or set of activities helps kids make remarkable improvements in other, completely unrelated fields. Let them choose the medium to express and develop their creativity, the achievements will come sooner or later.
As we conclude the article, it is important to note that creativity is a rather intangible trait. Developing creativity in children is a very process-oriented thing. It requires patience and holding off judgments. These tips can be very useful if you remember the golden rule that the results will come over a period of time and not overnight.