Some people believe that creativity is something that a person gets born with. Little do they know everyone has the power to be creative. But, it turns out that creativity is something that babies develop outside of the womb!
It’s a skill children learn just as do other things such as talking and walking. The problem is some parents don’t do enough to foster their child’s creativity and make it grow. As a result, those kids grow up with little creativity in their minds. If you’ve got a baby or toddler, here is how you can help your kids develop their creative skills:
Give your kids the right resources
Creativity is a form of expression. As a child grows up, he or she will learn how to communicate with other people. Their creative skills form part of the expression spectrum. Parents should give their young children a lot of “free” time to do what they want.
That means not structuring or directing their play activities. Many parents find it helps to give their kids a dedicated playroom in their homes. Examples could include a spare room in your home, the garage or even the basement. Just make sure their dedicated play room is safe!
Of course, you will need to give your children the resources they need to express creativity. Things like Lego, art and craft supplies and even costumes are some fantastic examples.
Consider putting the things they use in dedicated “bins” that are easy to access. That way, when playtime is over, you can tidy everything away.
Create a creative atmosphere in your home
You might think that a playroom filled with things for your kids to play with is all you need to do. But, as a parent, it’s your job to foster creativity at home, not just within your children!
Let’s say that the weekend is soon approaching. You could ask your kids for ideas on what they’d like to do. The important thing is not to tell them that certain things aren’t possible. For example, imagine if one of your kids told you they want to build a rocket ship.
Don’t tell them it’s not possible. Instead, find out how to make one out of simple household items like cardboard tubes. They can then use their imagination to design, paint and fly it!
Another thing you can do is adorn your walls with their creative artwork. It will encourage them to keep expressing their creativity. You should also share with them things that you have a passion for like music or photography.
Doing so will help to inspire their minds and keep developing their creativity.
Talk to your kids
It might shock you to know that many parents seldom have conversations with their kids! Instead, they tend to let them sit in front of the TV or play with family pets like dogs and cats.
The result of such a strategy might make things more convenient for parents. But, for children, it hampers their development. Conversing with your kids helps them to develop their creative skills. They are ones that they’ll use in later life.
Some parents find their children struggle to construct words and sentences. Online speech therapy and face-to-face sessions can help find the source of those problems. If one spends a lot of time talking to their kids, they will not have a need for speech therapy.
Don’t reward creativity
It might sound strange to you but rewarding your child for being creative is a bad idea! That’s because it can interfere with their creative thought processes. It can reduce the quality of their responses.
The best thing to do is allow your children to develop creative activities that they master alone. Some parents might enrol their kids into piano or guitar lessons, for example.
But, those kids might feel happier and more creative drawing illustrations, for instance. Or they might want to delve into subjects like science. In a nutshell, the idea is to give your children creative freedom. Don’t dictate what they should or shouldn’t do in their free time.
Otherwise, you risk hindering their creative development. And that will be something that has a bad effect on them in later years.
I hope you have enjoyed reading today’s blog post. As you can see, there are plenty of ways to help your child be more creative. If you’d like to share your ideas, feel free to let us know!