Acquiring Imagination and Creative Skills – Simple Parental Techniques and Methods
By Andrew Loh
Many parents come to know and understand that both imagination and
creativity can help develop their children's future. With imagination
and creativity, your children can become empowered and versatile. An
imaginative and creative child can develop focus, attention, and an
ability to look at things in a novel way. Imagination in children helps
them to understand complicated life situations, solve problems and find
solutions to dicey situations.
Imagination and creativity are as important as any other skills of life.
Learning these important skills should be a top priority for every
parent. Here are some simple tips and techniques that would help your
children learning both imagination and creativity.
Experiment! Experiment! Experiment! Experimenting with situations
that occur around a child's life, can help her or him to develop
intuitive powers like imagination and creativity. Just like Cane and
Abel, even imagination and creativity are twin brothers! When your
children experiment with things and scenarios around them, they can
learn imagination and critical thinking skills very quickly. Let your
children act on own. Guide and lead them in the learning process.
Failures always succeed experiments! However, repeated failures will
enable your children to reach success level very soon.
Encourage children: Most children always fail in whatever they do
or perform. It is natural for them to fail. You cannot expect children
to succeed in everything they do or perform. However, children always
look for their parents' support and encouragement when they experience
failure. Get ready to encourage your children when they fail. Guide them
to taste success in whatever they do or perform.
When your children draw an unrecognizable image or portrait, praise
them for their efforts. Recognize their efforts and complement them.
Children often fail when they are trying to solve a board puzzle
game. Help your children succeed in solving board puzzles.
Provide new challenges and riddles: Provide unique challenges to
your children. Let the challenge be simple and straightforward. Watch
them how they face those unique challenges. When they succeed in facing
those challenges, provide something new.
Show them how an ordinary roll of toilet paper can be used to make
patterns and objects like airplanes and boats.
Bring different sets of colorful stacking blocks that allow your
children to make new patterns and shapes.
Reserve quality time: Make sure that you are reserving quality
time for your children. Quality time means time spent with your children
without any disturbance. Ensure that you are allowing your children the
liberty of asking questions to you. You may also need to tell fairy
stories that prompt them to ask questions to you.
Fairy stories are some of the most thoughtful tools to develop
imagination. They could also help your children develop the power of
creativity as well. Provide your children drawing books that contain
empty pictures of fairy story characters. Children simply love to paint
such pictures by remembering how they looked in the book.
Ask your children to recite nursery rhymes and songs by imitating the
actions. Involve them in role playing.
Some of the most popular activities that quicken the process of
developing imagination and creativity are as follow:
Pretend play: With pretend play, your children can acquire the
basic essence of several roles that we see almost every day. Children
simply adore playing doctors and teachers in their home. Some children
also like to play engineers and pilots. Whatever the plays are, you
should encourage them to pretend play with other children.
Reading: You can read out good stories to your young children who
do not know how to read. Older children can read books with self effort.
Music: It is the essence of life, and it can help your children
develop artistic expressions. Buy small musical instruments for your
Mechanical and engineering play sets: Boys simply love to play
engineers and architects with such play sets. Playing with such toys
will help your children develop critical thinking powers and
hand-eye-muscle coordination skills.
Both creativity and imagination are very critical for your children's
survival. Acquiring these skills will help your children face all odds
and difficulties of life. These skills can strengthen your children's
ego and enhance the ability to succeed in life as well. Both imagination
and creativity act like beacons of light that lighten up their life.
This light will be a permanent beacon for the rest of their life as
Supporting Creativity and Imagination in the Early Years (Supporting Early Learning)
By Bernadette Duffy
Learning through the arts has the potential to stimulate
open ended activity that encourages discovery, exploration,
experimentation and invention, thus contributing to
children's development in all areas of learning and helping
to make the curriculum meaningful to them.
Bernadette Duffy draws on her extensive experience of
promoting young children's creativity and imagination to
examine how visual representations, music, dance,
imaginative play and drama can enable children to express
their feelings, thoughts and responses. She highlights
examples of good practice and provides practical guidance
for those working with young children in a variety of
settings, including home, school and centre-based care.