How Can You Help Nurture Your Child’s Creativity?
Creativity comes from the root word “create” which can mean building or thinking of something that doesn’t yet exist or applying ideas or putting together things to come up with a new result.
Although we as parents are used to the definition of creativity as producing something remarkable (more about the outcome), for kids the focus is on the process itself (the process of creating). After all, kids are just starting to learn and explore how objects and surroundings work.
Supporting the process of creating
Nurturing children’s creativity is now being seen as equally important as their academic skills. There has been a massive shift in our approach to education these recent years. Professionals and parents now recognise the importance of holistic development and paying equal attention to the child’s playtime and process of creating.
As a result, early learning centres emphasise the importance and role of enough playtime for kids. It’s not all about sitting in a class and gaining literacy and numeracy, but also about interacting with objects and the surroundings (facilitating rich interaction). Modern early learning centres dedicate enough time for children to play and explore.
It doesn’t stop there because children still spend most of their time at home. As a parent, what can you do then to help nurture your child’s creativity?
First thing to do is to emulate the approach of early learning centres, which is to give enough time for kids to explore and play. It’s important that toddlers have as much time as they need for creative activities. After all, creativity doesn’t just come if you force it to. It needs enough time to manifest in the first place.
Your child might require an entire Saturday morning (often moving from one activity to another). Sometimes five minutes might be already enough and he/she will grow tired already. This depends on his/her mood, energy levels and other factors.
How can you help nurture your child’s creativity?
You might be thinking that you have to buy new toys and other play materials every now and then. Good news is you can start with what you have and even use common everyday objects. Here are some examples:
- Large cardboard box that you can make as a home-made doll’s house (cut out some windows and doors to make it look like one and then let your child draw on it or put some decors)
- Autumn fallen leaves (your child can use them to form patterns by pasting them on paper)
- Empty toilet rolls (allow your child to draw on them) and use them as characters when telling stories
The key here is to allow your child exercise and develop his/her creativity by giving him/her enough time and objects to play with.
It’s our approach here at Star Academy Kids Early Learning Centre wherein we give enough time and objects (plus a supportive environment) for children to play with. You can contact us today if you require more information about our approach and facilities.