Creativity has been studied by many, and it is defined as the interpersonal but also intrapersonal process by which original products and ideas are developed. Creativity is an extremely important tool to teach kids, as they will learn new ways of thinking and solving problems. Creative activities help acknowledge and celebrate children's uniqueness and diversity. It encourages them to express themselves openly and without judgment.
As children grow, so does the pressue to find the one “right” solution or to do things "perfectly". It is important for the focus to be on the process, i.e., developing and generating original ideas, not on getting on stuck on just one way to do things. There is no right or wrong way to be creative. But be sure to always follow ethics and safety!
"You can't use up creativity, the more you use, the more you have."
How Can Adults Encourage Creativity?
- Provide an environment that allows the child to explore and play without undue restraints.
- Adapt to children's ideas rather than trying to structure the child's ideas to fit the adult's.
- Accept unusual ideas from children by suspending judgement of children's divergent problem-solving.
- Use creative problem-solving in all parts of the curriculum. Use the problems that naturally occur in everyday life as inspiration.
- Allow time for the child to explore different ways of doing things. This will nurture curiosity, self-confidence and show children that there are many possibile ways to approach problem solving.
- Emphasize the process rather than the final product.
Creativity in Young Children | The Creativity Institute