Creative thinking helps us solve problems and develop new ideas. Children are
natural innovators, eager to explore the world around them and find fun wherever
they go. To help nurture your child’s creativity it is important to give them the tools
and encouragement they need. An independent school in London has shared the
following advice to help you boost your child’s natural creativity.
Give Them The Tools
Coloured paper, paint, glitter, PVA glue. Give your child the tools for a creative
project and let their imagination guide them. Children don’t need a structured
assignment or project to work on, the freedom to explore different materials will help
them access their inner artist. Toys that encourage unstructured play are also useful,
a box of Lego gives children the tools to build whatever they wish and they can let
their imagination run wild.
Encourage Their Imagination
Imagination and creativity go hand in hand. Imaginative play requires children to
create characters and scenarios and act out different roles, developing cognitive
function and communication skills. Whilst some children are naturally drawn to
make-believe play, others may need a little push to unleash their imagination. Fill a
box with props and costumes and encourage your child to dress up and act out
different characters, or build a fort in your living room with sofa cushions and bed
Your child looks to you as a role model, so if they see you embracing your own
creativity they are more likely to explore their own. Get messy with paint and glitter or
get involved in imagination games and follow your child’s lead. If your child wants
you to spend Sunday afternoon dressed as a pirate, pretending the bathtub is the
Jolly Roger then you should show your enthusiasm to take on the role! Your
participation will encourage them to indulge in this type of play more often, plus you’ll
make some precious memories together along the way.
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