The start of a new year can serve as a fresh start for people of all ages, and it’s often a time when we reflect on how we can make positive changes in our lives. That’s why Randall Munson – a motivational speaker, educator, and entertainer – decided to designate January as International Creativity Month.
“It serves as a reminder to individual and organizations around the globe to capitalize on the power of creativity and innovation,” Munson explains on his website.
Children in particular often have enormous creative potential, and encouraging them to be imaginative can help them thrive in all areas of life. Here are a few key ways to help children unlock their creativity.
1. Give them a creative space. If you want to give your kids as much freedom as possible to paint, play pretend, and do other creative activities, they need a space in your house to get messy, according to the Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley. It could be a corner of your family room, for instance, or a space in the garage where they can express themselves without worrying about keeping things neat.
2. Break out the art supplies. Art activities are a great way to help children use their imaginations and foster creative thinking, according to Scholastic. That can include finger painting (including mixing different paint colors), sculpting with clay, making prints, playing with cornstarch goop, and much more.
3. Encourage reading. Starting a family book club is another activity that promotes creativity, according to Parents.com. You can get together with other families and discuss age-appropriate books. Ask your kids questions about the themes, characters, and plot to get them thinking.
4. Ask open-ended questions. One method for encouraging innovative thinking involves asking kids questions that don’t have clear/right answers (e.g., what would life be like if cats could talk?), according to Scholastic. Be sure to take your child’s age and level of life experience into account when choosing questions.
Ultimately, encouraging creative thinking and expression at a young age can help kids flourish at school and at home, in addition to becoming innovative problem solvers as adults.
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