Millennials are probably the most criticized generation for their different choices in life. This has made us stand out as the most creative generation of all times, according to various studies. You might think every day that your child watches too much YouTube or spends a lot of time playing mobile games, but who’s fault is it? It’s our fault. They say it only takes 21 days to make something into a habit. Read below and learn how you can help yourself and your child in making creativity your habit.
The ability to produce and spark ideas in the mind with no immediate input of the senses is called imagination. Composing an experience based upon memories or new creation is referred to as imagination.
Creativity is the act of turning new and imaginative ideas into reality. Creativity is characterized by the ability to perceive the world in new ways, to find hidden patterns, to make connections between seemingly unrelated phenomena and to generate solutions. Creativity in children can be developed by engaging them in activities that enable them to share their ideas, thoughts and feelings. But for this, you need to have an open mind.
In this article you'll learn about
- Creativity and Narrow mind
- Benefits of Creativity
- Steps To Promote Creativity
- Some Activities or Games You Can Play with Your Kids
- Final Words
Creativity and Narrow mind
The definition of narrow-minded person is a person with a limited outlook unwilling to consider alternative ideas, perspectives, possibilities or thoughts. Narrow-minded people often struggle throughout life with themselves and with others because they are not ready to accept any change happening around them. Narrow-mindedness can also be linked with less creative ability as they shut down their ability to think outside the box.
Generation Gap has also contributed to many elders being narrow minded. They expect things as they are and do not think about how things would be. They always have a certain set of rules or predetermined opinions that they won’t change no matter what. For example, if a child draws a raccoon type animal and paints it red and cream color and calls it panda, we should not stop them saying that a panda is only black and white. He is probably making a red panda that exists in reality and looks like this:
How to Have an Open Mind?
- Learn: Learning new things and expanding your general knowledge will work wonders in helping you have an open mind. Read more books. Maybe those whose genres you have always avoided for some reason or the other. Make it your goal that you have to learn about one new topic each month.
- Try New Things: This doesn’t have to be a very complicated task. It can be as simple as taking a different route to work or buy groceries from a different store. It will help you have a new experience, new observations, new conclusions and an overall different perspective.
- Don’t Conclude Unless You Try: Narrow-Minded people always form conclusions about things they haven’t had experience of. If you want to have an open mind, try out the things before you judge.
- Start Thinking from Multiple Angles: How many times, have you done the same thing in different ways. For Example,
- How many times have you laced your shoe differently? NEVER.
- How many times have you entered the lift differently? NEVER.
- How many times have you walked on the footpath in the same monotonous pattern? Probably ALWAYS.
We have to think about most of the tasks from different angles. If you want your child to be creative, you need to change your perspective about each and everything. You have to become creative for your child to become creative.
Benefits of Creativity
Creativity is fun, and it makes us happy. Everything that makes us happy reduces our stress levels. It is important for us to use our mind and body to do something we enjoy and that makes us happy. In children, this will help them get rid of everyday school and tuition pressure.
There is no one way to be a musician, sculptor, painter, or dancer. In fact, there is no certain way to live your life. Making creativity a habit can help challenge every problem in life. Boosting your child’s creativity will help them figure out new solutions to everyday problems and learn from them.
Emotional and Social Development
Creativity can often help children in making new friends or strengthening the bond with their existing friends. When a group of kids come up with their own games, it is the most amazing way to be creative. Creativity always helps children express their feelings.
Creative activities like playing a guitar or any instrument or making a clay model helps children to develop fine motor skills.
It helps figure out New Solutions to known problems!
It helps Express your Feelings!
It also helps with physical development
Steps To Promote Creativity
Creativity in children can be developed by engaging them in activities that enable them to share their ideas, thoughts and feelings. Let’s have a look at them in detail.
Have a designated space
Do not manage
If your child is creating something, don’t try to manage it by justifying how things should be. Let them create whatever they want. For instance, if your child has put a glob of blue paint and calls it sun, go with it, don’t try to correct them by saying the sun is orange or yellow. Maybe they are imagining how the sun looks different from another planet.
Engagement with parents and with different people is very important for developing their imagination and creation. Watching TV and YouTube stops them from thinking in different ways about certain problems. Even we as adults look for solutions online instead of thinking our way out of it. Even right now you are reading this article to help you with your solution ;-).
It is a fact that we are most creative when are at our most relaxed state. Don’t pressure your child into doing too many things in a day just because it is your dream that he/she should be 1st in the rat race. Give them as much free time as possible without letting them watch TV or mobile phone full time.
Music and dance
Children love music and dance. Giving them their time to play whatever they like on the musical instrument or to dance to their own beats will increase their creativity at an exponential level. You might notice your child is playing or singing off-key. However, they would be doing it with complete excitement, so DON’T INTERFERE to correct them.
Do It Yourself
For this part, we as parents have to do all the work. It can be anything from fixing a leak in the sink to making a BBQ using household items. By doing this we create an example in front of the kids to think about ways to solve problems. Even if you mess up your sink in that process you can always call the plumber. The whole point of doing this is to get your children to think and use their brain.
No technology day
Have a no technology day once every week or month. It means no internet, no mobile, no tv, no laptop – just spending a day like when WE WERE KIDS. You can teach your child your favorite childhood game or you can turn your house into a race track if you have enough cars or you can cook your child’s favorite cookies but by letting them choose the garnishing ingredients.
Storytelling may well be the cornerstone of imaginative development and doing it well and in a variety of ways is something you can do almost every day even if it is only in brief moments. It is not necessary that you always need a good book or a good video. Storytelling is basically going back to the roots of human development You and your child can make up a story. Your child’s story may have a vague beginning, no middle and directly an end but that’s PERFECTLY OK.
Also, check out our article on books that even toddlers can read – MUST READ picture books for babies before they turn one.
Painting, drawing, moulding, building, and sculpting help in bringing out the creativity in children as they have no exact idea of how the real world works. They are always thinking outside the box, i.e. until we put the box around them. These activities will support that thinking.
Pretend play is basically, you and your child deciding your own characters for a story, or a poem, or cook-off between you two or it can be anything. Pretend playing will make your child use his/her imagination and creativity to create characters and their qualities. This will help them develop social skills.
Observe your child’s interests on a daily basis and try to boost them by showing interest in them. For example, if a child is interested in dinosaurs and the prehistoric period, get them books and small toys which are of their interest and then slowly educate them about Paleontology (study of dinosaurs and other ancient animals).
Motivate your kids to think of wacky ideas. Ask them to jot ideas down on paper or discuss openly with you. Listen to their ideas patiently. Encourage them as they build their curiosity. Time to time, go through their ideas and discuss each to bring more clarity. Kids can come up with their most amazing ideas anywhere – At the movies, or when travelling to school or on your family vacation. Important point is, note their ideas.
Common Everyday Problems
Throw a few common everyday problems at them and observe how they solve them. For example, if a 10 year old wants to get a cookie from the top shelf he might use a chair which is the logical thing to do, but a toddler may try to jump up thinking he is some superhero, or you can pretend that he is flying by picking him up and make him reach the cookie.
Take them to outings every week or maybe more. It need not be a picnic a small hike or even a visit to an art gallery can be considered as an outing. While on a hike, ask them questions that will force them to think. For example, “What shapes can you see around you?” or “Name the surrounding colors?”. If in an art gallery, let them go to the piece they desire and ask them what they think about it.
Some Activities or Games You Can Play with Your Kids
Go through your drawers for old photographs, like the ones where someone had his eyes closed or had a bad hair day and let your child cut them. Then get out some glue, construction paper, and markers and have them turn the faces and body parts into new people or create a different picture.
Like this picture here:
After cutting the photo, allow kids to interchange the heads to form this new picture
While on a walk with your child try to collect at least 10 nature objects, no more than one of each thing (only one leaf, and so forth) in a paper bag. After getting home let your child take out the objects one by one as inspiration and make a story or a cartoon character.
The MAGIC Drawer game
There is a junk drawer in every household. We call it the “MAGIC” drawer. Let your child go through the items in the drawers and ask them to find out almost 10 small objects and 1 big object. The big object will be the end prize. Now using a cardboard, keep the prize on one end and smaller objects on the other. Now the child needs to make a maze or route using only the smaller objects and reach the prize.
Considering the keys to be a prize, we need to use the rest of the items to form a route to reach the prize. The items we see are:
- Short rope
- Glue Bottle
Now let’s see how we can place these items on the board. So, we start by sticking the rope to form a path. We stick the rope onto the cardboard to form a path. Lastly using the sharpened pencil we draw the rest of the path to reach the prize!
Interesting isn’t it!!!
Painting with scrap objects
Anyone can paint with a brush. For this activity, find things around the house that your child can paint with that aren’t brushes. String will work, or odd bits of sponge, broken pencils, rubber bands, strips of yarn or fabric, apples cut in half, or even a discarded action figure or doll. Spread some newspaper on a table or the floor, lay some washable paint out in small bowls or plates, give your child a large sheet of paper (at least 18 by 24 inches), and see what develops.
Renaming the Planets
The names we use for the planets come from ancient times and relate the visible behaviour of the planets in the sky to the legends and stories about the gods for whom they were named. Give your child the opportunity to rename the planets according to some other scheme. What would she name the planets if she had the chance? And why?
The classic treasure hunt game with maybe your child’s favorite dessert or toy as the prize.
Name 3 things game
Ask your child to name any three things eg ‘’name 3 types of seasons’ once they answer they to ask you back similar questions like ‘name three mobile companies’. This game can be endless, it helps your child to think, revisit previously taught things, improves vocabulary.
Board games like Scrabble, magnetic games & other brain booster games from Play Panda etc. these games help your child to make things out of the given materials. for example – scrabble helps build vocabulary by creating words.
Fairy tail with own twist
Tell your children to remix their favorite fairy tail with them as the main character. You either write it down or just record it on your phone.
Watch clouds with your children and ask them to identify the shapes of clouds and recreate them in their drawing books.
Creativity is probably the most amazing concept that I have come across yet. The more I read about it, the more interesting it gets. What’s most surprising is that it can be done with what we already have on our hands or with what we already know. I hope this article will help you and your child become more creative and help build a better bond than what you have now.
Also, Stay tuned for the next article it’s going to be a fantastic one.