Children are creative and as a parent, your role is to carefully nurture that creativity.
Dr Henry Toi from Mulberry Learning Centre recommends some activities you can do with your little ones to boost their creativity.
Some of the most exciting human expressions involve food. Just look at the endless creativity of top chefs. Depending on your child’s age, she can help arrange cooked food or make a new type of sandwich.
Try not to impose on her your limited view of how the world should be. For example, if she coloured his apple blue, instead of saying, “That’s not right”, say “That’s interesting, I have never thought of a blue apple. Why did you colour it blue?” Accept the answer without criticising her.
Encourage her to use colours in her writing or counting. It is one of the simplest tools for inspiring creativity.
If you have a bag of animal toys, challenge her to organise them into as many different groups as possible – for example, four-legged, two-legged, and no legs. Try also groups with different habitats, among others.
This is best done during storytelling. During or after, ask her how a character might feel. This also helps develop empathy.
Pick a clothes hanger or a pair of socks, and ask her to suggest other creative ways to make use of them.
Let your imagination run wild. Draw it out, record it and perhaps one day, it might be on the market!
After reading a story, ask her how she would rewrite the story or even change the ending.
Create a music band with items found in the house. Create a funny dance move. You can even design a dream car together.