Every child is born with creative potential that parents, teachers, and caregivers must nurture and stimulate. Here are some tips to help foster the creativity that lies within each child. These tips are useful for the classroom and at home. Be purposeful in creating time and space to stimulate the creative genius in children.
- Relax the controls-Constantly exerting supervision and control diminishes a child’s spontaneity and self-confidence, which are both essential to creativity.
- Inspire perseverance-Show appreciation for a child’s efforts. Encourage completion of tasks while denying your impulse to accomplish tasks for children.
- Tolerate the “offbeat”-Let children know that they don’t always have to have the “correct” answer to the problem, but that innovative and unique approaches are valued as well.
- Provide a creative atmosphere-Make creative materials such as drawing materials, objects to make sounds with, clay, and blocks available.
- Planning and problem-solving-Teach preschoolers to look at alternatives to solving a problem, evaluate them, and then decide how to carry them out successfully.
- Offer-but do not pressure-The temptation to overcrowd children with organized activities to cultivate creativity should be avoided. Allow the child time to be alone to develop the creativity that lies within.
Below is a list of games that can spark children’s imagination and creativity. Have fun with these!
- Someone starts a story and each person adds a part.
Creative Dramatic Play
- Provide simple props and encouragement to stimulate spontaneous drama. With this type of play, children can express their feelings, imitate other people, animals, even machines.
- Read a story and then act it out.
- Play with puppets
- Role playing everyday activities stimulates creative thinking and helps children to see others point of view, explore their feelings, and handle their emotions.
- Follow the Leader
- Guess What I Am? -A form of charades where the child may think up things to do, or the teacher can give suggestions. Whisper.
- Building-with sand, mud, and clay. Children can create structures and shapes.
Let us know if you try any of these ideas or if you have ones to share by leaving a comment.