How to Encourage Creativity in your Children | Modern Mummy

Thursday, 4 July 2019

How to Encourage Creativity in your Children

There are so many benefits to your children being creative, and I think the most important one is that it's a great way for them to be able to express themselves. This can have a hugely positive effect on a person’s life; it helps develop a good, strong sense of confidence, and creating or engaging in something expressive from time to time is great for your mental health. In this post I'm going to share some of the best ways that you can hope to foster creativity in your children.

Understand It’s Already There 
Kids are already creative; they already have a creativity that they need to bring out - it’s not a case of trying to force a quality they don’t have. Everyone has the ability to be creative in some way or another, although some people do seem to be more in tune with it naturally than others. By understanding that it is something that's already there and not trying to make them do something they’re not interested in, you will just need to provide the space in which they can express themselves.

Designate a Creative Space At Home 
One of the surest ways to ensure that your child gets creating is to designate a space just for that at home. If there is somewhere that your child knows they can always go to in order to start creating something, then they will be much more likely to do it, and will find it easier to make an actual habit out of it. My kids are lucky because we have the cabin which we built exactly for that purpose - it's full of all the art and craft supplies they could possibly want and I encourage them to use this space whenever they want to.

Keep It Simple 
It helps to understand the psychological side of creativity if you want to be the parent of a particularly creative child. Psychologists argue that you can make creativity more likely by keeping it simple, as it is the simplicity and fun of it that children really enjoy, and that is what leads to a much more creative outlook in general. That means playing little creative games with your child and ensuring that they are able to do so themselves. Activities which are kept simple are more likely to stick with them, and to allow their imagination to run wild in the way that you would probably hope too.

Find A Club 
If they start to express a real, genuine interest in one particular art, craft or activity, then you might want to seek out a local club for that exact act, so that you can start to encourage them much further in their newfound creative output. That can really be just about anything, ranging from painting and drawing classes to allowing them to join the Royal Academy of Dance and express themselves in that way. Similarly, if you think they might want to learn an instrument, there is nothing wrong with finding them a teacher or a local school band to play in, to see whether that is suitable for them. You might be surprised to discover there is one thing that your child seems to just naturally adore, and that is what you should ideally be focusing on most of all to encourage their creativity strongly.

Ask Questions 
When your children do start creating things, it’s important that you spend some time with them engaging with them about their creations. Ask them loads of questions about their creations and see what they say about them. Although at first they might not be able to say much, this process will actually prove hugely important for encouraging them to learn how to think about creativity, in a way which will help them to improve it in the future. By asking them more and more complex questions as they get older, you will be aiding and participating in their development as a creative individual, and that is one of the most important things you can possibly do.

Be A Role Model 
As with anything, you can encourage your child by actively being a good role model in that area for them. If they are getting frustrated with not being able to draw, show them how you used to think that too, until you realized it was just a matter of practice. These stories and the way that you place yourself in their minds really make a difference to how they are going to approach their creativity, and your goal basically should be to encourage them to develop a confidence which will allow them to try their hand at everything, even if they don’t always succeed in the way that they would like. You want to make sure that they at least feel good trying something out, even if it means that they are going to fail occasionally. In fact, learning to fail might be one of the most important lessons there are in life, as it is from creative failures that creative splendours usually arise like a phoenix.

Work With Materials 
One good way to encourage a practical artistry in your children is to take a material or an art supply of some kind and challenge them to come up with a number of different potential uses for that material. The process of doing so is one of the best creative things that a mind can do, and if you can start your children doing this early on, you will find that you are really helping them to develop their creative sense well. The more ideas they can come up with for a particular material, the more that they are exercising their creative muscle, and that is absolutely something that they are going to find useful in later life in a variety of settings, not least anything that they need to do which might be seen as creative.

Allow Them Free Time 
Much of a person’s best creative work arises from their time spent alone, and that’s why you should aim to allow your children to have plenty of free time by themselves if you want them to be more creative in general. Actually the process of being alone from time to time is a very important one, and one that remains important throughout life for a number of reasons.

Allow For Messiness 
Creativity shines when you are allowed to forget about the normal rules for a while. That doesn’t mean you should have no rules - but you should allow for some messiness during those times you have specifically set aside for being creative. By allowing your children to be messy, they will be much more likely to freely create, and that produces better work and is more enjoyable than having to literally colour in the lines all the time. Colouring in the lines in a useful skill, but so is being able to know what to do with the space outside of the lines - and in many cases, that is where the real creativity seems to lie.

Celebrate Creativity 
Finally, if you raise your children in a household where they see you actively and openly celebrating creativity every day, they are only ever going to assume that it is something to be cherished, admired, and practised. That will make for more creative children, which will in turn bring about many different benefits throughout their life. Celebrating creativity will show them that it is okay to express themselves as they wish, and there are few things more important than that.

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