Creativity is a very underrated aspect of childhood
development. Valuable skills sprout from the social
interaction and imaginative participation we see when our
This zealous need to "pretend" should be
encouraged by loving parents and even nurtured. There
are a number of easy and inexpensive efforts that can be
introduced to exercise the limitless imagination of
Make Time for
The most obvious,
yet most important way to nurture your child's creativity is
to simply allow enough time for play. In our
overly-scheduled, hectic lives many of us create a
strictly-enforced itinerary for our children as though they
were corporate executives. Amidst the orderly chaos of
everyday life, we must remember to block in time for our
children to play as well.
projects can be quite inexpensive. The internet is
filled with websites that offer free and nearly-free
printable fun for children of all ages. Parents should
try collecting some of these projects ahead of time in an
effort to maintain an inventory of play time materials.
But avoid directing the selection process. This will
encourage them to explore and express their creativity
As a parent, you can encourage free expression in your child
by providing them with materials that can be used in various
paper of all kinds
crayons, markers, pencils
water colors, tempera paint
scraps of yarn, lace, ribbon
old Christmas cards
old socks or cloth for hand puppets
And don't forget to resist the urge to criticize or correct
anything that they’ve done.
Unlike many who
feel Electronic toys restrict free thinking, they can also be of
benefit. The best of them can improve memory skills,
encourage analytic processes and increase the level of
eye-to-hand coordination. However, to their detriment,
they will inhibit your child's social interactivity and reduce
the flow of creative input. Whereas, toys such as blocks,
empty boxes and containers are a very inexpensive way to inspire
imaginative play time.
Reading Will Expand a
Books can take
children to far away lands, exciting situations and places
without leaving their seats. One of the best ways for a parent
to help expand a child's world is to read to them. It will
actively engage their imagination and open their minds to the
"what ifs" that entice us all as we weave our way through life.
When you take the time to encourage a child's creativity, you
may be nurturing an aspiring Einstein, Edison, Da Vinci or J. K.
Rowling. The possibilities are endless...