More often than not creativity in children is confused with their ability to draw, paint, or make objects out of materials, but that is really a very one-dimensional view of it. Child psychologists and experts insist that creativity is about divergent ways of thinking that can lead to something new and useful. And creativity in a child helps her come up with innovative solutions when stuck in a problem. In most cases, it is a direct reflection of the child’s intellegence.
This brings us to the next point: How to improve creativity in a child. Given how important a trait creativity is, it is upto us–parents and teachers–to boost creativity in children and also boost our child’s intellegence. Parents and Teachers can promote the children’s thinking capacities by providing rich environments that contribute to their creative thinking potentials that may flourish in the children’s development.
Think of simple activities–a picture is a newspaper, a random word you see on a hoarding when driving down to school, something you spot on the street and ask your child to come up with ideas on it.
Importance of Creativity in children in early years
Creativity is said to be an important capacity for students to face this fast-changing world. Creativity and imagination, when encouraged among school-goers can help one
- Break through fixed ways of thinking
- ‘Think out of the box,’ or think beyond current solutions
- Build upon each other’s ideas
- Develop innovative inspiring and surprising ideas
Though creativity is a quality that some kids may possess in more quantum than their pees, fact is that every child is capable of being creative and imaginative, especially when encouraged by teachers in the classrooms, and by parents while teaching at home.
Creativity is not about colours and paints and art–it is about coming up with innovative and divergent solutions/thoughts to everyday situation–a skill that will make your child more intelligent.
Activities at home that promote Creativity in children and boost imagination:
You don’t have to go looking around for creative toys for kids if you are wondering how to improve creativity in a child; simple fun activities can also boost their imagination.
1. Mind mapping or Spider Webs:
- Choose a theme based on an important subject matter to the pupil.
- Write the idea on the board.
- Encourage children to think broadly and give their thoughts on it.
- Ask them to write an essay or a paragraph using the discussed ideas.
Young children ask questions about everything because practically everything is new to them. Play the ‘Why?’ game with a kid; it’s infuriating, yet sometimes surprisingly enlightening how imaginative they can be. More questions you will ask the child, she will be pushed to think of imaginative and divergent or creative answers.
3. Six Thinking Hats:
- Divide your class in groups of six kids.
- Allow each team member to wear different coloured hats. Then provide a topic for discussion, maybe from their syllabus or from general knowledge.
- Ask children to think in the direction that their hats suggest. Redirect them in thinking according to their thinking hats. Let them have a discussion within the group.
- Then bring all groups together and discuss how different kids with same hats have come up with different ideas.
4. Random Word Generation:
Simply pick two random words from a subject matter and tie your content to it in the most imaginative way possible. The real fun part is how you choose to come up with the words. For example – Flick through a dictionary and randomly select 3 words; encourage them to write or discuss those words; or write words on a bunch of plastic balls, throw them into the air, and then have the child choose the words on the first two balls she catches. Let them have fun and do the learning simultaneously.
5. Picture Association & Analogies:
Pick a random photo, and, then encourage your child develop a story around how the photo was taken. For example, let her see a picture of a dog looking up at the night sky, ask them what it could be thinking. Is it a stargazing dog? Does that dog secretly long to be an astronaut? Perhaps a story about a space dog would be awesome!
6. Get Up and Go Out:
Take the children on a walk around in a nearby green area, and let them indulge in their contemplation montage. On coming back, they can all share their thoughts and experience. It can often prove both relaxing and rewarding just to get up and walk about for a bit, and letting the mind wander instead.
These simple techniques can be playfully integrated into your kid’s everyday routine and boost his creativity and imagination.