Simple Steps to Develop your Children's Creativity and Imagination
By Andrew Loh
All kids display a tendency to be very creative and imaginative.
They are naturally curious and automatically creative. But, in a
growing environment that is negative and suppressive, they tend to
restrict and suppress their natural talents and skills. Negative
teachings, discouraging peers and distracting surroundings may spoil
your children's natural ability to think, imagine and be creative. Above
all, an overtly pressurizing school and academic system may put more
strain on a kid's mind to hide his or her innate skills to display
better qualities of imagination and creativity.
Of late, parents are realizing how critical and important developing
their kids to be creative and imaginative really is life. They also
know and understand how critical is to develop their kids to be
creative and imaginative especially in the first few years of life.
The basic aspect of nourishment and encouragement from both parents
and teachers is very vital and essential for catalyzing the innate
abilities to imagine and be creative.
While it is very important to have a range of creative resources and
methods to teach our kids to be imaginative, there are a few issues
that particularly relate to your kids and their ability to show
positive qualities of imagination. Parents are the first teachers of
their kids and kids tend to learn a lot from their parents. Parents
can use a number of methods and techniques to help their kids be
imaginative and skilled. Here are some very simple techniques and
methods that can help you kid develop better qualities of
imagination and creativity:
Playing Blocks: Nothing could be more enterprising and
encouraging that giving a number of toys with an ability to pose
challenging and inquisitive situations. Well chosen toys can help
develop your kid's mind, intellect, skills and IQ. These toys can
also help your kid develop his or her brain in relation to their
cognitive and mind-muscle coordination. Blocks are perhaps the best
known toys for growing children. Plain and painted wooden blocks
with smooth outer edges in a number of shapes and sizes can form a
powerful set of tools to develop a number of skills including
imagination and creativity. Advantages of providing block game sets
to your kid are:
Recognizing colors at an early age
Developing very fine motor skills
Developing cognitive skills
Enhancing hand-muscle coordination
Fine tune thinking and imagination skills
Develop creativity by forming various shapes and formats.
Blocks can become anything; your child can make a number of shapes
like fences, buildings, bridges, motor shapes, small houses, a
garage or even a skyscraper. Kids can join together and play as a
team to develop organizing and participating skills.
Musical Instruments: No one can dispute the essential
benefits of playing musical instruments or singing a small tune to
the beats of musical instruments. In fact, music should form the
daily part of your kid's life. Rather than listening only to music
CDs and tapes, you can help your kid to learn how to play a musical
instrument. Bring home basic musical instruments like keyboards,
drums, whistles and a basic xylophone. Ask them to play anything
they want. Sit down with your kid and play to the tune of music.
Play to popular kid tunes and ask your kid to dance to them. You can
also make music with your kids by playing on an instrument. When
they grow old, consider providing them formal music classes. Choose
any musical instruments they want, be it a piano or a drum. Music
leads to enhanced creativity and better imagination skills.
Japanese Origami and Paper Cutting Techniques:
Origami techniques are perhaps the finest known methods than can
enhance your kid's imagination and creativity. In fact, there are
thousands of shapes and designs that you can select and choose for
your kids. Origami is a fascinating, amazing, interesting and
creative art form for your kid, especially when you find origami
models that are right and appropriate to their age and intelligence.
Not only will your kid develop skills of creativity and imagination,
they will also keep themselves busy in learning a new art form that
is quite useful in enhancing manual dexterity and coordination
skills. Developing concentration and visualization are the other two
important factors that your kid can develop after learning the basic
techniques of origami. Origami is also very useful ion teaching your
kids the importance of sequencing and arranging.
Enjoy your kids as they grow and develop a number of positive and
encouraging qualities. Never be a mute spectator while your child is
growing and developing his or her personality, especially the art of
imagination and creativity.