Ignite the Creativity in Children
‘Creativity is Intelligence having Fun – Albert Einstein’
Skill based education and skill development are quite viral now-a-days. Even our Central government is running skill-development institutes to enhance skills in youth. What is Skill based education and creative activities all about?
We often pass our judgement without realizing the details on skills, intelligence and creativity of a child. My child dances well, she is born talented. He is math Olympiad winner at age of 6, born intelligent. To be precise and as per many researches, both the above given statements contradicts by subject experts. One can still acquire skills and creativity even if not born with required intelligence. Creative activities in children open horizons of growth and opportunities.
Intelligence is – “the ability to acquire and apply knowledge and skills.”
Creativity is – “the use of imagination or original ideas to create something; inventiveness.” Source Wikipedia
Solving a mathematics sum efficiently is intelligence but trying to solve it differently is creativity.
Creativity is need of hour today –
The way today education is progressing and evolving, we are leaving traditional ways and methods behind. Teachers and education system is focusing more on skill-based knowledge. We are heading towards skill economy/market. Make-in-India is the most successful example of skill-set generation. Creativity brings newness and market is open for such ideas. It helps in opening new paradigms of opportunity for everyone. Make people flexible and adaptable to changes.
Being creative doesn’t mean you ONLY have to think ground-breaking or world-shattering ideas. “An IDEA can change the life”. IDEA’s tagline explains it well, but what it really means in real-time is break the monotony.
How do I bring creativity in my child?
Firstly, it cannot be fed into the child. Secondly, do not paint the entire picture by same brush. Every child is unique, so is their ability to learn and process information. However, creating an overall environment help boosting child’s creativity.
Education toys ignite the creativity in children, as it poses them with situations in most engaging way. Children try to find solutions of given problems but not the conventional way. STEM activities give better understanding of concepts in children by applying knowledge. S.T.E.M is science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
Learn more about Educational Toys here.
Do not force children to ‘be-creative’, engage with them
As mentioned above, we cannot feed child with something which he/she is not accepting. You as a parent can bring an array of activities to bring interest in kids. Reading, story-telling, puzzles, rhyme games, play-doh, there are many fun activities to have fun together. Accept and respect your child’s wish and do not force them into it.
Find out ways to Encourage creativity in kids here.
Keep your expectations realistic
Since my very first post of #gleefulparenting, I have been focusing on this point – Keep the expectations real.
Children are already bombarded with many activities and studies in today’s super competitive scenario. Do not add misery to it by raising bar of parental expectations.
Encourage them for skill-based activities
Encourage children to adopt a creative habit, dance or music, instrument or reading. These activities break monotony of school and studies. Help them de-stress from monotony. Appreciate their involvement in mind games like crosswords, Rubik-cube, sudoku, Jenga.
Ignite the creativity in children as thinking minds are also happiest and healthiest.
This post is written for #BlogchatterA2Z series by Blogchatter, and my theme for this challenge is Gleeful Parenting. Previously from the series –
G for Guilt free parenting.
H for Housekeeping.