Helping to Unleash Your Child’s Creativity
Everyone wants their child to be successful in life, and because of the way our society is growing and changing, creativity is turning out to be a very important skill in the modern world.
The ability to solve problems and think outside of the box are sought-after skills, and without a good foundation in creative thinking, these skills are very difficult to develop. For this reason, it is crucial to encourage your child’s imaginative play and give them opportunities to create now, while they are young. This will make creative thinking a habit rather than a chore, and this habit has the potential to help your child get ahead.
So how can you encourage your child to play creative games that challenge his or her imagination? Well, there are several things you can do to foster this kind of play. Here are a few of our favorites:
All too often, children’s days are filled with scheduled activities. This leaves kids with little time to play as they are rushed from one activity to the next, and gives them no time at all to foster their natural creativity.
In order to avoid this situation, choose only one extracurricular activity for your child, and let them use the rest of their time playing, exploring, and getting messy.
Correcting a child when they hit someone is probably a good idea. However, correcting them when they are pretending the toy firetruck is some sort of UFO isn’t necessary, and can actually harm their self-esteem. Too many corrections like this could lead to a crushed imagination and a child who is unwilling to think outside of the box for fear of being corrected.
Helicopter parenting is a common occurrence these days. Unfortunately, chasing your child around and trying to control what they play and how they do it, simply isn’t going to allow them to build up their own imaginations. Instead of attempting to control your child’s every move, sit back, relax, and watch the magic unfold as they explore their own imaginary worlds before your very eyes.
Of course, any job is easier with the correct tools, and this applies to play as much as any other task. If your child only owns one-use, flashy toys filled with buttons which provide mindless entertainment, they aren’t likely to get creative. On the other hand, if your child owns open-ended toys that can become anything—or encourage building, making, or storytelling—they are much more likely to engage in imaginative play and blow you away with their creations.
By providing your child with the time, space, and tools required, they will create some pretty fantastic things. From imaginary worlds to museum-worthy paintings, you will love seeing what your little one comes up with next and watching them bloom into a creative and interesting person.