While many assume that creativity is an inborn characteristic we all have, nothing seems to be more misleading than this. While some of us are certainly born with higher levels of creativity, it can be successfully fostered in everybody, if appropriate steps are taken at a young age. Creativity is a key to success in a variety of domains and fostering this in your child will certainly help them in the long run, later in their adult lives. But if you are clueless about how you can manage such things, below is a short list that might help you.
Offer them the necessary resources for creative expression
Maybe the most important resource that you have to take into account is time. Children generally need plenty of flexible, unplanned time to simply deal with child-related activities and they don’t need to be constricted by any concept of this kind. While their spare time might be plenty, you may struggle to find some to dedicate it to your children. Also, physical resources such as supplies for various DIY projects are necessary. Invest in some affordable ribbons, child-friendly scissors and glue. Make sure that you supervise and guide them at the same time. Let their creativity unleash.
Create a creative atmosphere at home
You want to create the necessary atmosphere that will stimulate the creativity of your children. Involve with your partner in finding and planning creative activities for the next week-end, when the whole family is at home. Make this a habit and let your children know that trying new things and failing are not unfortunate events. These will only generate better, more suitable ideas. Teach them to never fear failure. This is the healthiest attitude you could teach them.
Give them flexibility and autonomy
Don’t be bossy in regards to what activities your children can and cannot do. Make sure that you do your best to help them develop a strong sense of autonomy. Teach them that they can do whatever age-appropriate activity they want. As long as they’ll be safe while performing a particular activity, you don’t need to put interdictions.
Teach them to read for pleasure and take part in the arts
Reading and being part of a variety of artistic activities will definitely help them develop a keen artistic sense and boost their creativity. Buy them books, take them to the library, allow them to be the creative person that you always wanted them to be.