Every parent wants their child to fully develop their creative and intellectual potential. Creativity can bring a lot of benefits to a child’s life later on. It is a fact that creative people are more flexible, they can overcome obstacles easily and they see possibilities where others see problems.
Creativity is not a inherited characteristic and it is not a talent that only few possess. Every child can be creative as long as the parents put effort and create surroundings where they can use their imagination.
Here are some simple activities that can help develop your child’s creativity:
- Have fun with the game “color of the day” Pick a color of the day. For example, choose the color red and try to include that color in everything you do that day.
- Play the role to the fullest. Regardless of the role, adapt the voice to it and use any requisites that you can get your hands on. This way you encourage the child to do the same. Pre-school children who spent a lot of time playing different roles are more creative.
- Answer your child’s question with a question. It is in the child’s nature to be curious and ask a lot of questions. There is nothing wrong in giving the correct answer, but answering with a question instead, you encourage them to give their own view of the unknown word.
- Motivate them to use all five senses. Cover your child’s eyes and ask to guess the object that you put in front of them just by touching it with their hands or you can give them some food and ask them to taste and guess it while their eyes are closed and the nose is covered. When you go for a walk ask about the different scents they can detect.
- Ask “open” questions. Open questions do not have a standard answer. When you ask them you encourage your child to think outside of the box and practice their creativity to come up with appropriate answer.
- Support your children when they make a mistake. Mistakes are a part of the learning process, but many children are afraid of them because often they are accompanied by ridicule. Fear is a big enemy of creativity. Children who are afraid of mistakes, don’t think creatively. Don’t let your child to get disappointed. When a mistake is made, give an opportunity to correct it and to learn something from it. Research has shown that the more we learn when we make mistakes, the more successful our outcome will be.
- Encourage self-confidence and self-respect. Confident children find it easier to express themselves. When children has self-respect, they are proud of their opinions and do not hide in a shell.
- Allow your child to make decisions. Motivate your child to pick their clothes, to decide what to have for dinner or what kind of object to include while playing. If the child is older you can allow to decorate their room or a part of it by themselves.
- Encourage making up stories. Ask your child to make up stories or to finish the tales you have started. This is a fun way to develop creativity and often the results are full with humor and will bring smiles to your faces.
Stimulate your child’s curiosity and self-confidence. Be enthusiastic and encourage creative expression.
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