Firstly, it is important to build a good foundation for creativity in the home. Providing a good home environment that fosters creative thinking plays an essential role in a child’s attitude toward creativity and the arts. Promote activities such as painting, drawing, playing with clay or dough, making craft projects, building with Legos, programming computers, and playing or listening to music. Though some of these activities are covered during children’s school hours, it is highly beneficial for children to continue seeking creative expression at home as well.
Another important factor to consider when laying the creative foundations for your child is the preservation of curiosity. Children are naturally curious; especially during the first few years of life, a child is overflowing with questions about the world and how it works. These questions need answers, or at least contemplation that will instigate further questions. An even better approach would be to teach your child how to find the answers himself/herself.
To further promote your child’s creativity, try focusing on original ideas and resourceful approaches to tasks rather than on what is “right” and “wrong.” For instance, if your child is writing a story, give him/her feedback based on his/her ideas and imagination rather than on grammatical errors and spelling mistakes. Children can be easily taught to fix mistakes, but creativity is much more difficult to teach.
One significant factor that may hinder the development of your child’s creative genius is the frequency of passive activities such as television viewing. It is recommended that parents encourage active play over television viewing, since playing entails movement and creative thought. Surprisingly, the use of video games (as well as other forms of games) has shown a positive correlation with creativity; nonetheless, it is still important to set reasonable limits on gaming and to encourage creative interaction through active play.
By understanding and taking initiative upon their role in their child’s creative development, parents can play a significant role in the quest to raise the next generation of innovators and resolve the population’s creativity crisis.