Creativity is inherent in kids. They have a powerful imagination and creativity also offers a bounty of intellectual, emotional and even health benefits. In a recent study that was conducted, it was discovered that imagination helps kids handle pain better and that creativity helps them to become more confident, develop better social skills and learn better. Here is how you can help foster creativity in your child.
Designate a creativity space
Make a small nook or cranny, or designate an area where your kid can be as creative as possible. This does not mean that the child needs to have a fancy playroom. They can do anything that they want in that space ranging from painting to playing dress up. Creativity can even flourish in the tiniest of spaces, so it doesn’t really matter. All they need is to feel like they have power over the space that is for them.
Keep creativity simple
Just like how you don’t need the best play area for your children, they don’t need the latest and best toys either. Children work well with whatever they have even if it means that they are playing with sand and twigs. In fact, the lesser the toys that they have during creativity time, the better they will use their imagination and get creative.
Give your kids free time for better creativity
You should have structure in your child’s life but at the same time, it is also extremely important for them to have unstructured time. Give them a few hours where no activities are planned and let them have fun.
Help your kids activate their senses
Expose your kids to the world so they can use all of their senses. Again, this doesn’t mean costly or complicated trips. Take them to the library, museum and outdoors. Ask them to imagine what traveling to faraway places, such as the African safari, might be like; what animals would they encounter? What would the safari look like? What would it smell like? What noises would the animals make?