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Nurturing Creativity in Children - Understanding Basics and Comprehending Fundamentals

By Andrew Loh

According to California State University, the term creativity is defined as follows:

“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:

  1. An intense need for different, intuitive and complex stimulation.

  2. An intense want to communicate self with novel ideas and immense values.

  3. 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 and soul.

  • 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.


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