How To Encourage Creativity In A Child

The wings of creativity have given us path-breaking inventions through decades of civilisation. The cloths you wear to the spacecraft’s exploring the universe all have been possible because someone dared to imagine beyond the ordinary. Making it important to encourage imagination, divergent*divergent*
➤ (s) diverging from another or from a standard
➤ (a) tending to move apart in different directions
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thinking, out of the box ideas, and creative curiosity.

‘Creativity is defined as the tendency to generate or reorganize ideas, alternatives, or possibilities that may be useful in solving problems, communicating with others, and entertaining ourselves and others’ – *Robert E.* Franken. It is the act of turning new and imaginative ideas into reality. Everyone is born with the potential to explore, imagine and create. However, it is important to harbor*harbor*
➤ (n) a sheltered port where ships can take on or discharge cargo
➤ (n) a place of refuge and comfort and security
➤ (v) maintain (a theory, thoughts, or feelings)
➤ (v) secretly shelter (as of fugitives or criminals)
➤ (v) keep in one's possession; of animals
➤ (v) hold back a thought or feeling about
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and cultivate creativity in a child’s thinking, and observing process.

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Teachers and parents both must help children by encouraging creative thinking, allowing and promoting creative growth, and providing a friendly environment for the child’s creativity to flourish. It is important to do so, as this will inspires children to become more engaged, curious, and interested in the world around them, and as well as the ideas, and thoughts inside them.

Few ways teachers/parents can help their child’s creativity include:

  • Emotional Connect: Research suggests that an emotional connect with a subject, or issue is likely to bring out stronger out-of-the-box ideas, and/or solutions. An area close to your heart will make you want to resolve the issue more strongly making your effort or willingness to search for a solution or look in to the matter more deeply. This will in turn push you to become creative in order to find an apt solution.
  • Get Visual: Pictures, paintings, videos, and artifacts. The visual sense allows the brain to see and store more. The more senses you incorporate in to the thinking process the more you will be able to channel your brain to innovate, and imagine. Involvement of different senses in the thinking process allows for greater imagination.
  • Music: Use music to trigger imagination. Different tunes can bring out different reactions, emotions and scenes in the minds of different people. Ask children to write their reactions down in terms of a story, poetry, a painting, and construct something using blocks.
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    Reindeers with paper cups
  • Scenario/Story Building: Ask children to write or perform a story built out of an open-ended situation. Encourage discussions, teamwork, and divergent*divergent*
    ➤ (s) diverging from another or from a standard
    ➤ (a) tending to move apart in different directions
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    thinking.
  • Discussion/Brainstorming: Interact with the child in one-on-one and group discussions. Encourage them to ask questions, apply the who, what, why, when, & how approach to feed curiosity, advocate creative responses, and work collectively to find answers.

So be the wind beneath your child’s creative wings and encourage him/her to explore, imagine, and dream.

Reference:
http://www.teachhub.com/teaching-creativity
http://edtechreview.in/trends-insights/insights/1155-how-to-promote-creativity-in-your-classroom
https://www.csun.edu/~vcpsy00h/creativity/define.htm
http://www.creativityatwork.com/2014/02/17/what-is-creativity/