There is no doubt that creativity is the most important human resource of all. Without creativity, there would be no progress, and we would be forever repeating the same patterns.” —Edward D bono
Creativity is an essential 21 st century life skill that helps in all areas of life. It is an important tool that helps in creating a solid foundation for success in future.
By definition, “Creativity is a phenomenon whereby something new and valuable is formed. The created item may be intangible or a physical object. Scholarly interest in creativity is found in a number of disciplines, primarily psychology, business studies, and cognitive science.”
Creative people have a better ability and perspective to solve complex problems. In recent era, educational experts are putting a strong emphasis on developing creativity in kids.
According to a recent scientific research , creativity provide an opportunity to kids to practice an original thinking, particularly when they’re allowed to engage in self-directed exploration. Additionally, studies indicate that creativity is a cause and an effect of happiness and has been shown as a sign that an individual is open to exploring their personal identity”.
There are many benefits of fostering creativity in kids.
Benefits of fostering creativity in kids
Here are some amazing benefits of fostering creativity in kids:
- Creativity helps in the process of self-expression. When kids involve in any kind of creative activity, they get a better opportunity to express themselves.
- Creativity supports mental growth of kids. They develop problem solving skills and learn how to cope up with various feelings.
- It also helps in improving fine motor skills, verbal skills, sensory skills and hand-eye coordination.
- Creativity also supports social skill development and overall personality grooming of kids.
- Creativity offers various benefits of physical and mental health of kids. It helps in managing stress and improve child’s mood and overall well-being.
Tips to improve creativity in kids
Here is an interesting infographic that shares some important tips to improve creativity in kids.
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I have two girls, named Angel (12-year-old) and little one Pranjal (age 9-year-old). Since the time of their early childhood days, I had tried and engaged them in various creative activities. From various fun arts and crafts projects to cooking and embroidery, we had done many creative activities together.
In fact, they had contributed in my various blog and YouTube series as an active contributor. Some of these series were:
All these series got great response from readers and viewers and we three had a great time together while filming and executing these creative ideas.
Personally, I had observed various great benefits involving them in these creative activities. such as:
- They had developed a better ability to express themselves and develop a sense of confidence in expressing their thoughts in front of camera.
- They had worked on various creative ideas and it has improved their creative and critical thinking skills.
- It has also developed their fine motor, verbal and language skills.
- They had also learnt the art of presenting themselves to others in an efficient manner.
Though keeping kids creatively engaged offers many benefits for their overall personality development but there are few things that you should kept in mind to make this process easier and smooth.
Many times, fellow moms have asked me to share some tips to involve kids in creative projects and keeping them creatively engaged.
So, in this post, I am sharing 5 effective tips that has helped me to keeping kids creatively engaged. Read the post to know more!
5 effective tips to keep kids creatively engaged
Before sharing the tips (and Gyan) on this topic, I want to share an honest confession regarding this topic.
“Honestly, working with kids and keeping them creatively engaged is not as easy as seems. It takes lots of effort and dedication to convince them to get involved with any creative project. Kids have a shorter attention of span and they get distracted easily. It is a gradual process of teaching them importance of being creative in life and keep themselves creatively engaged.”
If you are someone like me who loves to keep kids creatively engaged or want to involve them in any creative projects (like blog writing. Video filming etc.), then here are few tips that can help you a lot.
Prepare yourself mentally and keep a higher level of patience
Yes, first and most important things, working with kids is a different ball game and you cannot keep the same type of approach as you keep while working with grown-ups.
Kids are impatient by nature and they get bored easily. While working with them, it is very important to prepare yourself mentally by keeping a higher level of patience. Your mental preparation will help in keeping yourself calm and composed. This is the first step that help in making your journey smooth ahead.
Communicate & convey your message clearly
I am sure you all would be agree that positive and effective communication is key to get connected with kids. When you are planning to involving them in any creative project, start the process by communicating with them. When they feel connected with the topic, they give a proper response.
After grabbing their initial attention, convey your message clearly by using simple language. Share all the details about your project (theme, tasks etc.) and ask them, what they think about this idea?
This initial step helps in making a foundation and raise a curiosity level of kids regarding further happenings.
Keep an open mind set & be ready to welcome their point views (and suggestions)
This is third most important aspect for involving kids in any project. Nowadays, kids are so smart and they have their individual ideas and creative suggestions on any topic. While working with kids, it is important to keep an open mind set and be ready to accept and welcome their input on planned topic or theme.
For example: recently, when I had worked with little one on “Embroidery series”, she always had plenty of ideas and her own creative style to complete any stitch.
Do not focus on end result much rather then enjoy the whole process
As a grown up, we all have a tendency to complete any task or planned project (creative or academic) with uttermost perfection. We want an ultimate end result after putting lots of efforts and hard work during process.
Keep remember, you cannot keep the same approach while working with kids. Desire for perfection will lower your patience level and you may end up the whole process with frustration and lack of satisfaction. Instead, keep a flexible approach and put more focus on learning and enjoying the process rather than finishing it with perfection.
Encourage and praise your kids for their hard work and involvement. And tell them areas of improvement politely. When kids enjoy the overall experience, there is high possibility that they will get involved in next time too, in any creative project.
Keep a balanced attitude (strict+ funny)
Last but not the least, keep a balanced attitude (of being strict and funny both) while working with kids.
For example, when you are filming or shooting a video with kids, keep a strict attitude during process. They should understand that it is an important step and we have to complete it with sincerity. After completing main work, do not forget to make atmosphere light with some funny or witty conversations.
Kids should have fun while working, otherwise it will become a boring and lethargic experience for them.
So, these were some easy tips to keep kids creatively engaged and increase their involvements in any creative projects.
What are your thoughts? Did you have worked with kids on any creative project? What was your experience with it? Please share with me!