6 ways to encourage creativity in your child

April 26, 2017
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    Why is creativity important, and what can you do as a parent to help nurture creativity in your child at home?

    Here, Art Bug founder Jaelle Ang shares some ways to ignite your child’s creative spark.

    Related: How these Singapore parents designed creative play areas in their homes

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    Be a role model. Instead of saying “I can’t draw a straight line without a ruler”, say “ I’d love to see what I can create with some clay”.

    It may seem cliched but the process of creativity is indeed far more important than the product.

    And do not just pay lip service, your child needs to see you taking risks, experimenting and making things, and he will follow your model!

    Related: 8 best toys to inspire creativity in children

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    Show you prefer your child’s original work over anything is copied, traced or simply coloured in.

    Solving problems while creating a work of art encourages the mindset of solving problems creatively in all areas of life.

    Related: 10 ways to develop creativity in your preschooler

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    Verbalise why you “like” a picture.

    “Pretty” is not particularly helpful. Say, for example, “The colours are so cool and they remind me of a cold day by the pool” or “There are straight and curvy lines and they look good together”.

    This kind of phrases can help to expand your child’s vocabulary. They also reinforce what is already being done on an intuitive level.

    Related: First look: Playeum’s Children’s Centre for Creativity

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    Forget colouring books, join-the-dot books, stencils or similar anti-art toys.

    There is little value for your child to complete or merely assemble something another person has created.

    Instead, occasionally buy plain, light-coloured things for your child to decorate, such as T-shirts, sheets, dishes, canvas bags etc. Then use them afterwards!

    Related: 4 games that boost your kid’s creativity

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    Encourage your child to come up with many different possibilities with the same material or tools.

    In life, there is rarely only one “correct” solution to problems, and art can teach children how to be independent problem solvers.

    Related: How to do mess free finger painting with your toddler

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    Set aside an area at home that can be “messy”. Put an easel, crayons, paint, glue and a box of scraps there.

    Encourage daily use. Children’s minds and egos have always been more important than a tidy house!

    Related: Nurturing bilingualism and creativity

    (Photos: 123RF.com)

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