Promoting Creative thinking in Children
Creativity is more skill than inborn talent, an ability which both parents and teachers can facilitate among the kids by giving an outlet. It is a common misconception that creativity is an inborn talent, which means, either the kids have it or they don’t. But it isn’t true. It might just surprise you as a parent that their perception is often way more creative than you think. In fact, they might just come up with some innovative ideas to make the world more futuristic than any adult would dare to even dream of.
Since it is a key to success in nearly everything we do, creativity is a significant component and the main focus of organizations in any field. Clearly, it becomes crucial to foster such kind of thinking in kids from their formative years. That said, creativity is not limited to artistic and musical expression. It is also essential for science, mathematical, linguistic, bodily-kinesthetic, spatial, naturalist and even social and emotional intelligence. After all, being creative allows one to be more flexible and emerge as better problem solvers, which makes them more capable in terms of adapting to technological advances and make the most of new opportunities.
So, here are some easy ways to help the children in expressing their creativity:
1. Make children Question Things.
2. Provide Opportunities to Express Their Intelligence
3. Teach Them Multiple Ways to Solve Every Problem
4. Trigger Their Curiosity
5. Engage Them With Activity Boxes
6. Encourage Children to Read for Pleasure
7. Give Them Free Time & Space
8. Avoid Rewarding Children for Exhibiting Creativity
So, allow your children to master the creative activities that they are innately motivated to do, rather than motivating them with rewards and incentives for the same.
When we encourage divergent thinking, we help to maintain children’s motivation and passion for in-depth learning. Encouraging children to keep on generating new ideas fosters their creative-thinking abilities.The Dramatic Learning in Class.
As they chase peers, some children play “monster” as other children screech and run away. The repetitive “monster” play requires no surprise scripts. Yet, the teacher who wants to promote creativity can help connect the stereotyped behavior of a given child with the larger world of imaginative play. We, as teachers, are constant observers and learn about each child’s unique style, fears, strengths, and use of fantasy. Notice children’s repetitive themes and how these serve to buffer them against anxiety. Question children to get a better understanding of their dramatic-play themes and wishes.
The relationships between teachers and children, how classroom time and space is organized, and materials available are important factors in the development of creativity. Classrooms where children are supported in their eagerness to explore relationships and materials without fear or disapproval from teachers or peers, where teachers are prepared to unearth resources to satisfy children’s creative thirst to know, are classrooms where creativity is likely to blossom and grow.
Children may be discovering on their own something that is not part of your specific plan for them. For example, if all the children are playing a game outdoors and one child wants to create a sandcastle, a flexible teacher will not be threatened by this personal choice. Perceptive teachers handle such individual needs in ways that nurture a child’s growth rather than squash budding initiatives.
Be sure to offer children a wide range of creative materials and experiences. Being creative is more than drawing or painting. There’s also photography, music, field trips, working with wire, clay, paper, wood, water or shadows. The possibilities are endless. It’s important to provide children lots of time to explore materials and pursue their ideas. This includes time to think about how to plan, design, construct, experiment and revise project ideas.
Hope this article helps you take the right decision for your child. Akshara International School is one of the top CBSE schools in Hyderabad. Call us on 9023079999 for any further information.