Creativity is a quality that we all possess to a greater or lesser degree and which helps us to generate new ideas and solutions in different situations. Developing creativity in children helps them to encourage their abstract thought, to solve problems, and to improve their social relations.
The human being is capable of creating new things from birth. This ability is motivated by the desire to experiment, to investigate, and to discover new things, which are characteristic of almost all babies who come into a new world that they want to explore and to get to know.
This innate quality must be cultivated and encouraged as creativity linked to art is highly beneficial to the physical and cognitive development of children:
- It helps them to express themselves through their creations
- It develops abstract thought
- It improves problem-solving
- It stimulates self-esteem and individuality
- It increases self-awareness
- It develops communication
- It encourages socialization
- It encourages integrity
Because of all this it is highly advisable to help children to develop and encourage their creativity. How can we do this? By following this advice:
- Give the child freedom to experiment for himself and exploit his innate potential for creativity.
- Do not tell him what he should draw or how to color in. He must use his imagination. Independence in the creative process is vital if he is to learn and make discoveries for himself.
- Encourage him to make his own decisions.
- Do not improve his drawings or judge them. Praise his effort and encourage him to continue creating.
- Ask him what he has drawn so that he identifies his creations.
- Look out for different artistic activities suitable for his age: workshops, museums, out-of-school activities, etc.
- Offer him varied materials so that he can experiment, such as finger paint, Plasticine, marker pens, soft crayons, etc.
- Display his works of art at home. There is no need to put all his drawings on the wall or to show off all his Plasticine sculptures, but you can certainly display the best or those he is most proud of.
- Encourage his curiosity, not only about art but also about any other subject.
- Let him make mistakes so that he can learn new things and explore his creativity by seeking alternative solutions to his problems and errors.
- Discover his interests (animals, the world of pirates, etc.) and direct his activities according to his tastes so that he is more motivated.
- Invent and read stories together… Reading and writing are the best ways to expand the imagination.