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How to encourage creativity in children

14 December 2017


Instilling creativity in children

Instilling Creativity In Children

Every child is born with some talents. Some are smart and groomed to understand their capabilities and creativity by themselves at the earlier stages of their life which help them hone their skills well. For some others, the parents identify their skills and help them nurture it with special training and helpful resources. The earlier we are able to identify the creative instincts of the children, the better we can train them to master it. Though training can hone the skills, regular practice and a positive approach towards creativity is what actually nourishes the inborn talents. Then there are skills people learn at school or from friends. We must all understand that creativity cannot be forced and every person differs in their creative skills.

How to encourage creative talents of children?

The best way to identify a child’s creative inclination is to set him/her free. Let them observe and explore the nature and friends and their talents will naturally come out. Parents can help them nurture the skills they are interested in. Children learn a lot more from what they see and experience around them. For example, the beautiful colors of the butterfly, birds, animals or flowers are what most of the children try to draw at first. When they explore the colors of nature and its beautiful elements, they are able to try it out themselves and find happiness in it. Set them free and see their creative side in coloring a garden of their imagination. Similarly, when they are free to try all skills or talents they seem interested in, it becomes their choice entirely and they will enjoy what they do. When they enjoy what they do, the child will develop the skills naturally and find happiness in it. That’s what creativity ultimately aims at – Bringing joy to life!

Parents usually want the child to conform to the norms of what is being followed by everyone else. What we forget is that the real achievers are the ones who break the norms! While training helps to hone the skills, make sure that it also helps develop the child’s natural talent. So, how do you ensure that? Try interacting more with the child and guide them through the right path.

Let the child develop individuality!

Give the child an opportunity to explore what they want to. Give them options and let them decide. It will not only make sure that they get to choose what they do, but also help them become more responsible for their choice. If your son wants to learn Piano, let him; if your daughter wants to learn science, let her! Make these decisions their own choice to make them responsible for the same. Let them be, let them explore what they love to do! Put them for coaching classes only when they want you to.

No comparison and no compulsion; let the child develop his/her talents and creativity in a unique way. There’s always time to learn and if the child makes a learned decision on what they want to learn, it will keep them more focused on it.You can encourage the child to draw, sing, act, tell stories, write poems and dance from an early age. Let them develop their own stories, write their own versions of poems, and draw their own versions of gardens and houses. Enjoy their versions and encourage them to be imaginative.

So how do I help my child develop creativity?

Let your child watch Cartoons. Yes, you read it right! Cartoons are a great way to instill creativity in children. Remember, cartoons are fiction. They are made such that children can easily understand what is being conveyed. All you need to do is to help them choose the right ones to watch. Introduce them to the colorful world of cartoons only at an age when they start understanding what is being shown. Children are very smart, if they can imitate what they see, they can comprehend it as well. Cartoons are colorful, engaging and creative. They are the result of a group of a highly creative team who thinks on behalf of the children and create them with technology such that they are able to grab their attention for quite long times. That’s an important factor too! Cartoons have gone beyond the televisions and are now available on the internet. Interactive cartoons are a great way to introduce creative skills to the children.

Baby Toonz TV on YouTube is an engaging way to introduce nature to children. Check out the Saari series! It is just amazing how kids would get interested in knowing more about the beach and what they can do there with just cartoon, where there’s no dialogue! And Vitaminix introduces them to many educational concepts. Have you ever thought why a fox never catches a cold? Here’s why! They are quite colorful and engaging.

Introduce different skills and talents to your child through the right cartoons. Choose cartoons that show them how to nurture good habits, how to paint, create a craft, sing, and dance. Animations are easily understood by the children and if we use them in the right way, you can help your child to develop his/her creativity naturally. Experienced and smart parents would tell you that animations work best with the children, whether it is for entertainment or education. Cartoons portray matters in a very imaginative and simple way that children can easily understand. The colors, shapes and sounds used are simple and attract them a lot. Engaging cartoons are like colorful friends sharing their stories with the children. The children identify the characters with their friends and that helps them watch the cartoons and understand what is being said. Let the child grow up happy and creative. Let them make their own stories and songs. Let them explore the colors and shapes in a way they understand. Let them find their friend and guide in their favorite cartoons. Cartoons like the Cat & Keet from Chotoonz TV are definitely a great way of story-telling to children. Little Kalari Warriors are the Indian versions of superheroes which will entice them. Introduce your child to the friendly characters in cartoons and see how they bloom their imagination.

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