Creativity is essential to not only art and music, but also math, science, problem solving and general out-of-the-box thinking. It is not a ‘have it or you don’t’, innate talent, it is a skill that can be taught and nurtured.
So how do you foster creativity in your little ones?
Give children time and space to imagine
Kids need time and space for imaginative play. Adult direction can hamper their imagination, so let them be the leaders in play. Ask what something is, but try not to make suggestions or tell them.
Give them time to sit with arts and crafts supplies and just create, with no direction, rules or goal outcome. Try to carve out designated creating space, even just a corner of the room with some building blocks, let them be free to build whatever comes to mind.
Ask imaginative questions
Let your children know their ideas can be heard. Ask strange and crazy questions.
'What do you think it would be like to be a superhero?'