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How To Help A Child To Be Creative
Creativity is one of those skills which is often over-looked when raising or teaching children. Yet, Creativity is one of the most important skills a person can have. Being creative can help your child learn more effectively and analyze data easily. Creativity leads to discovery and invention.
When children are young, they may require assistance in developing their creative skills. Here are some tips on how to help a child be creative.
- Reading stories with a child is a good way to help a child be creative because the child has to picture what happens in the text with the assistance of a few pictures or no pictures at all (It’s like creating your own private movie in your head!). This visualization of stories will enhance the child’s imagination and creativity. Reading will also help the child learn new things and increase his or her vocabulary. A good vocabulary will help the child in creative writing later on.
- You can also encourage your child to write stories. Just give the child a pencil and a few sheets of blank paper or a little notebook for that purpose and watch how the creative juices flow.
- Artistic pursuits like drawing, painting, etc, will help your child grow creatively at a rapid pace! Children love drawing with crayons and color pencils so you might want to purchase some for your child. Clay and play-dough are very popular with children so let your child mould and sculpt away unhindered.
- For children who show an inclination towards music you can procure instruments for them and send them to classes or train them at home yourself. If your child is fond of music and dancing, time set for free-style dancing might particularly prove enjoyable and creatively inspiring to your child.
- You can also help a child be creative by making houses for dolls, garages for toy cars, etc. For example, if your child has small toy animals, you and your child can make a small barn or farm for them, using cardboard and a bit of red and white paint. You can also help your child to make paper dolls, greeting cards and other items. This is an inexpensive way of providing your child with toys and at the same time giving them the enjoyable experience of creation.
- Another activity, which boosts creativity, is imaginative play. For instance, when a child pretends that dolls speak and move, etc, he or she is nurturing creative skills. Encourage imaginative play in your child by having little tea parties for toys, etc.
Tips and Warnings
- Be sure to give positive encouragement to the child without making evaluative statements. You can begin helping your child to be creative even from a very young age if you use age appropriate tools. Substitute beetroot juice for paint and let your child use it for finger painting. Alternatively, knead some dough (flour) and you have instant homemade play-dough.
- Watching television can stifle a child’s creativity, so try to keep your child from turning into a couch potato by setting a T.V time limit.