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SUSTAINING CREATIVITY IN CHILDREN

It is often believed that creation stems from human curiosity and we know that children can be the most curious beings, therefore, this trait can bring out the creativity in them. When their creativity start to grow, do teachers and parents have systems in place to nurture it? Creativity employs adaptability and flexibility of thought; the precursors of adult creativity are clearly evident in young children. Creativity and intelligence are independent of each other. This is to say that a highly creative child may or may not be intelligent vice versa.

In order to be truly creative, children need freedom and an enabling system. Helping children undertake creative activities help them to discover news ways of thought processes and solving problems. Here are some ways to sustain creativity in children:

  • A major factor in sustaining creativity in children is for teachers and parents to provide an environment that enables the child explore ideas. Instead of trying to impose your ideas or idiosyncrasies, accommodate children’s ideas (no matter how unusual or stupid they may seem to be) and help them to explore all possibilities during the process of problem-solving. Emphasise on the creative process and not the finished product.
  • In exhausting all the ways to help children become more creative, parents and teachers can employ multi-cultural experiences for them. Field trips, holiday activities and extra-curricular activities incorporating cultural, racial and ethnic themes can spark creativity in children. This is to say that the more varied experiences children have in their lives, the wider the scope of their creative expression.
  • Adequate space allows children to tap into their imaginations, thus, it is important for parents and schools to dedicate enough space inside or outside homes and schools, and they should be filled with materials such as toys and art supplies that help with the child’s creative process.
  • Parents and teachers can help grow creativity in children by encouraging the art of possibility thinking. During class sessions or at home, they can pose the “what if” questions in many ways to urge children to naturally think critically and come up with creative possibilities with respect to life situations.
  • Moreover, instead of influencing children’s choices with respect to what they should be interested in, they should be allowed to choose after-school activities that interests them and they should be given the space to explore those activities to the fullest.

Creativity is about coming up with new ideas and children have creative capacities that brews originality. Therefore, helping children to explore their curiosity and creativity grows their gifted potential.

 

 

September 23, 2020

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