Inspiring Creativity in Children

Where does creativity come from?  Can you learn to be creative?  Is creativity innate?

Do a web search for “how to be creative” and over one billion results are accessible in mere seconds.  But what can you really learn from any of these sites?  And what is creativity, anyway?

According to dictionary.com, creativity is “the ability to transcend traditional ideas, rules, patterns, relationships, or the like, and to create meaningful new ideas, forms, methods, interpretations, etc.”  To create is to bring into existence.  An easily accessible, though no less credible 8-year-old said creativity is “someone who thinks of stuff and doesn’t copy other people.”  Simple enough, right?

But where does it come from?  Can you develop creativity?  At World of Enrichment creativity is not so much defined as it is developed.  Is music your calling?  Try Musikgarten.  Are you a techno-savvy lady?  Help introduce your offspring to your world through Puterbugs Technology classes.  Not so much into art but want to have fun with your friends and family anyway?  Try Paint N Pour, where everyone takes home an art piece, BYOB optional.

Angel StatueMichelangelo said: I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free.

Sometimes, it seems, creativity offers us no choice.

Yes, there’s that.  And sometimes creativity is as simple as trying to think of new ways to sneak up on your little ones and ambush them with tickles.  Either way, you are what matters.  You are the medium.

And you have the power to help instill creativity into all the young lives you touch. Encourage spontaneity. Reward perseverance. Help little ones correct their mistakes, don’t make them feel so bad they are unwilling to keep trying.  Bring creativity into your home; this includes toys and play that encourage young minds to be free.

A few activities you can do with your child include dramatic play such as charades, sharing stories, role-playing anything from alligators to zebras, even asking “what if” questions as well as questions that encourage scientific thinking.

The sky really is the limit.

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