Creativity can often be thought of as a muscle, the more we use it, the stronger it becomes. While we never really lose our creativity we do lose touch with it. Worse, we lose faith in our own creative abilities.
Children have an unlimited amount of creativity. However, as we move through school and out into the real world our daily use and need for creativity declines, the skill growing less important somehow. Creativity isn’t just artistic ability, it allows us to be better problem solvers, to look at a problem from different angles and allows us to deal better with uncertainty.
Fear of criticism and judgement stops us from expressing our creativity and ideas. That is why nurturing imagination and developing creativity is so important. Here are some ways to keep the creativity alive.
In those moments when we slow down and daydream, some of our best ideas and thoughts come about. Allow ideas to pop into your head and develop those that seem interesting.
2. Ask Questions.
Have conversations that encourage your kids to think about how things work, why they are the way they are, what could make life better. A questioning mind is a curious one and encourages kids to really think about the issues and world around them.
Reading to your child from a wide variety of books gives them ideas and perspectives that they may not have thought of.
4.Explore the world around you.
Get out and experience new places and activities. Meet new people and see how others live. Expand your ideas and experience by taking the time to do new things. Go on a bush walk, eat at a restaurant that serves food you have never tried, start a new hobby.
Play games, do puzzles, invent activities that make you think. Creativity is all about seeing the possibilities, generating new ideas and sharing them with others.
STEAM is the ideal way to foster creativity in children. Creokit works at encouraging this creativity and creating a safe environment for children to grow and develop their ideas, along with providing the tools necessary for transferring these skills into practical everyday scenarios. Our e-textile kits are a wonderful example of STEAM developing creativity. They require children to look at projects creatively but also technically.