Everyone likes to create something, be that a painting, a sculpture, a batch of double fudge peanut butter oatmeal cookies, coming up with a new computer program, decorating your home for a new look or writing a story. Creating is in all of us.
Making sure to foster the creativity in us will assure happiness and a wonderful feeling of success. We know how we feel when we finish something that we have worked long and hard on. We decide on want we want to do and then follow the steps to accomplish it and when it is all done a feeling of pride and strength comes over us. “Wow look what I did,” we tell ourselves and sometimes ever say, “Since I was able to accomplish this, just what else can I do?” Every good mother and father wants their children to achieve the joy from accomplishment. Just how do we go about it? We can help our children find their inner creativity. Here are a few steps to get you started.
Know your child and provide for them the right materials When helping your child find their inner creativity make sure you know what their interests are and lead them in developing those interests. Include those interests in different items for them to use freely. For example if your child loves cars, planes and trains provide them with sticks, glue, paper, automobile stickers, play dough and crayons then ask them to create a car or airplane with those materials. Having the right materials will make your child excited to use their imaginations. Make sure you do not interfere with their decision process too much, not to stifle their inner creativity and your children will for sure surprise you with what they come up with.
Praise them for their accomplishments and help them to set another creative goalJust like all of us adults children love praise, especially after working hard on something that we are very proud of. Make sure that after your child has used their creativity you let them know what a great job they did, remember creativity never needs to be perfect Ask them to tell you about their sculpture, picture or painting. If you think they need to improve their skill remember help them to try again.
Remember practicing creativity will help with problem solving skills and self esteem My little four year old loves to create he uses his imagination and creates something that he is proud to show off when he is done. I provide him with a bag of art supplies and he takes the materials and turns them in to wonderful four year old works of art. Every time he is finished and he comes to show his creation off I see how proud of himself he is. He made something wonderful all by himself.
When your child creates, it is all of their own decisions that guide them, helping to make them more self assure and able to make decisions on their own. Future problems will hopefully be handled more easily and definitely more creatively.