5 ways to develop your child’s creative thinking
Creative thinking is a great skill you can help your child develop. It’s a tool that will help them not only in their journey through childhood and the classroom, but into adulthood and the workplace.
We might tend to think of it as the arts and activities such as dance and storytelling, painting and playing instruments. While it can be all of these things, it’s also so much more. There is potential for creativity in everything – even maths! It’s simply coming up with a new idea, looking at something in a new way, or thinking about something from another perspective.
By giving children the opportunity to work things out for themselves and think ‘outside the box’, they can learn to think on their feet, move past feelings of fear and frustration and get to a place where they can find solutions to problems. They will also learn that making mistakes is a really positive part of learning and discovery - just like real life!
Here are five ways you can inspire your children to develop their creativity through imagination and play at home.
1. To imagination and beyond!
Explore a world where anything can happen – not just what they know to be possible. Pretend play helps children build relationship skills, develop confidence and critical thinking; it also encourages language development and problem solving and helps kids practice the social and emotional roles of life. In fact, it’s our childhood adventures in imagination that help form the building blocks we use to cope with everyday situations as adults.
2. Keep the box
A box of random items can be a great tool to develop problem solving and critical thinking. Fill it to the brim with things like paper clips, sticky notes, pipe cleaners and rubber bands together with larger bits like old cereal packets, milk cartons and cardboard tubes. Challenge your child to design and build something with a short brief such as “make the tallest, most interesting tower that will stand on its own”. They may face challenges such as getting their tower to stand independently, but through trying some new methods and channeling their creativity, they will eventually find a solution that works.
3. Ask open questions
Ask open questions where there is no right or wrong answer. The trick is to phrase the question in the right way to get their creative thinking in full flow. Questions such as, “what would happen if humans could fly?”; “how does the rain get into the sky?”; “what would happen if everybody had the same name?”. You can use this technique whenever they ask you a question, too.
Simply turn the question back on them and ask them what they think – then delight in their brilliant answers.
4. Create your own superhero
What a great opportunity to become a superhero! Get them to use their creative super powers to conjure up their very own alter-ego complete with catchy superhero name, a catalogue of amazingly-cool super powers and the plot line for a supersized adventure where they stop the villainous bad guys in their tracks! There’s so much scope for writing stories, imaginative play and getting inventive designing (and even making) the ultimate superhero costume.
5. Blast off into outer space…
Their feet may be firmly on the Earth - but their imagination doesn’t have to be! Encourage debate around our planet and its place within our solar system - before zooming off to explore distant galaxies and beyond. Maybe you’ll find a new planet, take a ride on a comet or discover some new alien friends. You may also expand their mind further by visiting a planetarium or stargazing together. Just like space, the possibilities for creative thinking are infinite…
Explore Learning’s tutors are fantastic at developing children’s creative thinking and with specialist Creative Maths and Creative Writing courses on offer, there’s something to help every child flourish!
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