It’s been awhile since I’ve accepted a guest post but this one I couldn’t resist! Let mom Hannah Tong teach you these 5 effective and efficient ways to promote creative in your children that are over 5 years old!
5 Efficient Ways To Promote Creativity In Kids 5 And Older
Creativity isn’t just an inborn talent. Rather, it’s a skill that you, as a parent, can help your kids to develop it. These five efficient ways to promote creativity in kids five and older will ensure to bring out their talents and make them a more flexible person. Keep in mind that creative people are more flexible than those who aren’t too creative. They are also better at problem solving. In this list, you’ll find some ideas for fostering creativity in your children.
1. Give them the right resources
The best resource is your time. Your children need time for child-directed play or unstructured game with an adult direction that doesn’t depend on commercial stuff. You’ll also need huge space for it. However, if you don’t mind those creative messes, you can just let them play in your living room. But if you’re not fond of messes, try giving them a particular place where they can purge their creative juices. Space can be in your attic if they want to play dress-up. Or they can do some painting games in your garage. If one of their godparents would ask for a gift suggestion for your kids, tell them to provide art supplies, building materials or costume materials. Then, put all of them in a bin where your children can easily pull out and organize.
2. Promote a creative atmosphere at home
Apart from giving your kids creative spaces, you’ll also need to provide or promote a creative environment for them. You may solicit different ideas. But don’t evaluate their thoughts, just yet. At dinnertime, you could ask your kids what they want to do on the weekend that they haven’t done before. Tell them what ideas are possible and choose which ones are the best. Creative activities focus on generating new ideas and not evaluating them. Don’t scold them when they make mistakes. Kids who fear failure will never have a creative thought. Tell them that it’s okay to fail. In your house, you may wish to cover your walls with some art stuff. Share your favorite artists and musicians with your kids. Let them know about your passion for photography. If you need to introduce games, make sure that they are simple. Don’t use the greatest or latest toys.
3. Let them explore their ideas
Never be bossy at home. You should not try to have that idea that your kids will be kidnapped or not getting into colleges. Your kids will never be the happiest people if they go to an Ivy League school. Allow them to discover the world and use all of their senses. You may wish to take them to the library or museum. Let them imagine what will be like to go to an African Safari. As you activate their senses, you’re also triggering their creativity. Allow them to think and imagine what would a safari look like and what would the smell be like. What kind of noises would the animals make?
4. Encourage your kids to participate in arts
These days, your might be hooked to TVs and other gadgets. They might want to use the social media to converse with their friends. But these habits would disrupt their creativity. Instead, you must make room for creative activities. For example, you may rehearse a play or teach them how to draw. You may also read them books written by their favorite author or yours. You may also enroll them in an art class, like a piano lesson, ballet dancing, karate, and so on and so forth. Several classes are being offered today that be useful in getting those creative juices of your kids to work. At home, you may also encourage your kids to express their thoughts. Allow them to disagree with you. Ask them some questions and let them find a solution. If they have solved the problem, ask them to resolve it using a new way, i.e. same answer but a different route. Encourage them to create more solutions to the same problem you’ve raised. These things will surely make them think harder. They’re also forced to use their creativity to think of solutions.
5. Assist them in pursuing their passion
If they love ballet, let them dance and enroll in a ballet class that accepts five years old. On the other hand, if they wish to play the piano, they can sign up for a piano class. Ensure that they have the materials that they need to pursue that passion. If your son is interested in geology, buy him books on this subject. Then, go to some museums or places where he can explore rock samples.
Never Reward Your Kids
No matter how tempting it is, never reward your children for exhibiting their creative side. The reason for this is that any incentives can interfere with their creative process. They also reduce their ability or respond adequately and be flexible of their thought. Instead, let them pursue things that they’re intrinsically motivated to do. Don’t motivate them by giving rewards or incentives. It’s also important to stop caring what they’ve achieved. Instead, ask them about the entire process. Did they have fun? Ask them what things they liked about the activity. As a parent, your kids can learn a lot from you. So, you need to be creative too. When your children are drawing or coloring, join them. If your kids would ask you to help build an art jungle, don’t hesitate to lend your helping hand. It’s your opportunity to bond with your children and have a fun time with them.
Being creative is no longer an innate ability. Rather, it can be fostered and nurtured. But the current school system may suppress it. Creativity is vital for our global economy. Thus, we need to promote it, and it has to start with our kids. Think of it, not as a trait, but as a proficiency that can be acquired or taught. Your kids should start to embrace creativity as part of learning. Use these five efficient ways to promote creativity in kids five and older. These methods incorporate emotional and cognitive functioning that can truly purge your kids’ creative juices.
About the Author
Hannah Tong is the founder of Omaby.com, a blog dedicated to providing accurate advice to mothers regarding childcare. She loves taking care of her kids and teaching them the right things. She is also enthusiastic and loves sharing her experiences to teach others about how to care for their families’ health. Check the latest article (Child’s development) here.
What are ways you do to promote creativity in your kids? I’d love to hear your suggestions and your thoughts on this article! Please leave me a comment and I look forward to hearing from you! Don’t forget to share!
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