Children are creative beings naturally because they like to explore. They are developing and learning to find out who they are and the environment they live in. Children are creative in words, what they make, how they see things and engage within their environment. Through their curiosity, children will create, make and mould an idea into life. Some of these creative processes can be far-fetching but it’s in this process that the best inventions are created, which can help in changing our world.
The ability to be creative can be said to be inbuilt but not every creativity is meaningful. Some children have the eyes for details while others use their hands for building and making. A creative child can not be stopped from making, writing, singing, developing ideas, dancing or photography. Creativity is how each child sees things from his/her view point as logic and practicality cease to exist and silliness is at it’s highest.
Promote Creativity: Not all parents see their children’s creativity as a positive attribute. However, parents who do, are turned into their children and help to promote the skills. The ability for parents to see the creativity in their children shows engagement and awareness of their child’s ability. Displaying and keeping records of your child’s creative work will help promote their efforts and develop their confidence in the skill. Some artist’s work have been sold for millions of pounds due to a parent keeping or cataloguing records of their early work.
Recycle: In developing creativity, children can use recyclable items found mostly at home for their ideas, which involves using what is already available. Older children can engage in up-cycling items around the home and making them look new. Creative ideas and thinking have been recycled and up-cycled for many generations and better ways have been developed of making things work. Such examples include the desktop computer, home telephone, headphone, mobile phones and wireless items. Recycling and up-cycling also help children in developing an attitude of looking after the environment.
Space and Environment: for children to keep developing their creativity, the space and environment needs to help in enhancing the skills. The right environment such as outdoor space, surroundings, room space and positivity from parents can help children expand their creativity. An environment that is dull, boring, colourless and lacks excitement can halt the development of creativity. An unsettling and distressing environment can also stop creativity from developing in children. It must be said that a child who is naturally creative but is not in a positive environment can result in directing their creativity down a negative path.
Resources: this is an important aspect for a child that is more advanced in creativity processes. The right resources and materials can make all the difference for these children. Creative resources are needed for children if they take their skills very seriously or are involved in projects and competitions that will help take their creativity to the next level.
Feed their imagination: this should be done in a positive and constructive way. Stimulate your child’s imagination and creativity by taking them to exhibitions and events of things they have a passion for. Some children are interested in cars, while other are interested in architecture. It can be books or poems for other children while for others it can be computer coding and apps. Feed their imagination!