‘One cannot think creatively unless one has the knowledge with which to think creatively. Creativity represents a balance between knowledge and freeing oneself of that knowledge’.
Creativity can be applied to all disciplines and activities, it is not limited to art or design. It can be nurtured and developed in the early years.
Many believe that creativity is an inborn gift, however research shows that all of us have creative potential.
All children have the capability to be creative at a young age, using their imagination when playing. Even simple games like LEGO inspire children to be innovate.
Ways to get your child’s creative juices flowing.
- Start at a young age. From the ages of 3 to 5 years, it is important to follow a more open form of parenting that allows your child to explore their surroundings and abilities.
- Simple games and activities, where children are not asked to follow instructions – but let their imagination take over are known to be beneficial to inculcate ‘out of the box’ thinking at a young age. LEGO or Play Doh are great examples of activities that young children can explore.
- Expose your child to the world around. Museums, libraries . Even travelling are great ways to open up a child’s mind to a range of cultures and possibilities.
- Allow children to play freely on their own, this will help cultivate their imagination and ability to think creatively.
- When children are younger, they come up with the most interesting answer to the question ‘What do you want to be when you grow up?’ Astronaut, farmer, dentist, artist – the sky is the limit. Help them pursue the passion they have by making materials available to them .
- Once your child is slightly older, have a free-speech-policy at home where you discuss ideas, approach problems or brain-storm together.
- As a parent, know that your child is always watching you. The more creativity and openness you display, the more your child will pick up just from watching you.
Creative thinking and learning
It is important to stir your child in the right direction from an early age in order to teach them to think differently.
Incorporating innovation and creativity to a curriculum is also important. What is learnt at home should be reinforced in the school you send your child to. Curiosity to learn and problem solving techniques should be a focus.
Traditional teaching methods are now being replaced by flexible and interactive teaching styles that focus on developing a child’s personality and imagination, as opposed to testing students through examinations.
STEAM is an integrated approach to learning that includes – science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics. Combining subjects to form interesting new areas and broadening a child’s future possibilities.
Many schools now use STEAM in order to promote hands-on learning, self-expression and collaboration.