14 May 2018
The Importance of nurturing creativity
When we first think of creative people, our minds often go to artists, composers, writers, dancers or musicians. However, creativity also encompasses those who innovate, collaborate, communicate, value originality and use their imaginations and think outside the box. These have all been identified as vital skills for the 21st century. Our children are growing up in a world where creativity is king.
Children are born predisposed to be creative. They are curious knowledge builders, problem solvers, scientists and intrepid explorers on a quest to learn about themselves, their world and the people in it. It is our job as parents and educators to nurture children’s creativity and allow it to flourish and find expression.
Our Grow Curriculum’s Grow Create does just that, by supporting even the youngest child to develop and test theories, feel successful as they master skills, have meaningful experiences, express their feelings, solve problems and explore in diverse ways of knowing, thinking and learning.
Here are some ideas for nurturing creativity at home:
Giving babies an environment full of music can help excite their brains and get their creativity working, even when they’re just newborns. Babies understand musical tones as communication – they hear notes and they think that the music is trying to tell them something.
Passive Play Objects
The best toys for babies aren’t actually toys at all. They are everyday objects that don’t do anything and will only respond when babies manipulate them. In other words, passive play objects make for active learners. Open your kitchen cupboards and let your baby explore your Tupperware containers, colanders, cups, bowls, muffin trays and spatulas!
Let Them Play With Toys the Wrong Way
The way your child plays with toys can also affect his creative development. Toys foster creativity when they’re used in creative ways. When you show your baby how to use a toy, it doesn’t do much good – but if you give your child a brand-new toy and make him figure it out on his own, it actually starts sparking his creative processes.
That doesn’t mean you need to bombard your child with toys – in fact, it’s the just the opposite. Creative play strengthens when children play with toys they’re already bored with. That’s when they start changing how they use it, and that’s what sparks creative thought.
“Creativity is as important now in education as literacy and we should treat it with the same status.” ― Ken Robinson