Nurturing Creativity in Children - Understanding Basics and Comprehending Fundamentals
By Andrew Loh
According to California State University, the term creativity is defined
“It is a tendency to generate or recognize ideas,
alternatives, or possibilities that may be useful in solving problems,
communicating with others, and entertaining ourselves and others.”
Creativity is the stepping-stone to progress and success in life. Everyone
has a definite reason to be creative. Most of us are intensely motivated
to be creative in life. Three reasons that make us motivated to be
creative are as follows:
An intense need for different,
intuitive and complex stimulation.
An intense want to communicate
self with novel ideas and immense values.
An intense urge to solve
different types of problems
Creativity is not natural. In order to be creative, one needs to learn and master the basics of creativity.
Creativity comes to your children by the way of intense practice. In
other words, children should cultivate this great habit. To be creative,
children should see things in fresh ways and from a very different
perspective. In addition, they may also need to synthesize new options
and opportunities so that they learn something new and fresh.
However, we may not like to look just at the number of opportunities to
learn creativity. We also need to look at the uniqueness and specialty
of those options and alternatives. In other words, children may also
need to choose and pick the best alternatives and possibilities to fine
tune the ability to be more creative. Children may use creativity in
different ways while the most common ones are given below:
To express unusual and special thoughts that are stimulating to the brain
To enjoy and experience world in a special way.
To create insightful judgments, make useful discoveries of mind and to
express fresh perceptions.
To become noted authorities in a special
field or domain like painting, music or arts.
Basic characters of children who are creative
Children, who are extraordinarily creative, display many special characters like:
Plenty of energy and enthusiasm
Very quiet and relaxed
Smart most of the time
Na´ve and simple at times
Disciplined and playful
Irresponsible at times
A great deal of imagination and an ability to fantasize
Humble most of the time, and proud after achieving something
Typically stereotypic in nature
Independent and thought provoking
Passionate and objective
Sensitive and silent at times
Creative children are always very active and they may sit idle in one place. In fact, they
possess a mind that wanders across the world around them to absorb new
ideas and knowledge using which they can create a mind of their own.
Creativity also means expressing one's mind and soul. Children should
bare their mind and express themselves without any hindrances and biased
outlook. In the process, children may create something new from their
accumulated experiences and nurture a productive brain of their own.
Creativity is not just possessing skills in arts or music.
Creativity, in this regard, is having a highly sophisticated skill in a
specialize domain. For example, famous painters of the world were highly
creative in the sense that they could anything that most people simply
failed to do. A child could be creative in anything of personal choice.
It could be music, arts, painting, academics or even sports.
Creativity is just like brainstorming ideas and expressions. Children
will need to develop complete fluency to streamline their creative
thoughts. In other words, they should generate as many responses as
possible to a given external and internal stimulus. Children should also
develop ability to index and organize mental responses so that they can
focus on a particular scenario. For example, when you ask your children
to name all those things that are oval, they are more likely to name all
things that re round and oval in shape. However, you may need to teach
them to list only those items those are relevant to the context. In
other words, children should be able to focus just on the process of
generating ideas and nothing else.
Most parents presume that
creativity comes naturally to their children. Similarly, all children
are similar in their ability to be creative. Experts believe that
creativity is not talent but children can cultivate this skill with
consistent practice. Creativity is also a mirror to one's mind and it
reflects what goes on inside a child's brain. Creativity, when
cultivated, could be a great tool to harness one's immense potential
that is always hidden inside a child's deep corner of brain. You can learn
some simple techniques to
Unlock the Power of Creativity in Children.