What if…you could encourage creativity with a simple question?

Congratulations on starting the new year! No doubt that you have already started to think about your goals. This year I promised myself to try to see usual things differently and word ‘creativity’ popped into my head. It is now so common to talk about creativity, as there are various book and articles saying that they will reveal the secret of creative thinking or enhance your knowledge on how to create creative environment for kids.

So what is this mysterious creativity? Do we all have it or it is a quality of a ‘chosen ones’? Even though I don’t have all answers the one thing I can tell you is that we are ALL born creative. Just throughout the years we forget about it and don’t know how to use it anymore. Do you know who has the most creative ideas? That’s right – children!

In fact, in 1968 scientist George Land came up with Creativity test and tested it with 1,600 children. Test results amongst 5 year olds showed significant 98% creativity level, while the same children at age of 10 showed only 30%! During five years of their life children lost a huge share of their creativity. You can imagine that results among adults were even worse, in fact, only 2%! Land concluded that ‘non-creative behavior is learned’. Indeed, throughout the years children’s creativity is buried by rules and regulations. As we cannot avoid all of them, what should we do?

Here I collected several ideas how to encourage creativity of our little ones.

Explore many, many options

When we ask children what they have drawn or invite to share creative solutions, we are often satisfied with a single solution. However, we should encourage them to think of many ideas. At first it might be difficult but this is how brain gets warmed up and you will see how many creative solutions they will come up with.

Encourage creative risk-taking

While playing or doing some activities let children to try and decide on various solutions prior to saying your own opinion. This way you will create a safe environment for children to share their ideas and not be afraid of judgement.

Imagine the future

When drawing a house or telling the story children usually think of the things they have already seen or heard. In order to avoid that ask them questions before like: ‘How do you imagine houses should look like in 50 years?’ or ‘What your favourite character would do in this situation?’ There are many ways to use already known things for other purposes!

May 2018 be creative for you and your children!

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