The developmental years of a child are some of the most important years of their life. In this time, they’re supposed to learn the basic skills they’ll need to navigate the world and to be successful in the world.
While hard skills like a new language or computer programming can still be learned later in life, soft skills like how to communicate with other people, how to deal with conflict, how to solve problems and how to create beautiful things are predominantly taught in the developmental years of life.
That’s a lot of pressure on the parents, but if you’re looking for ways to encourage your child’s creativity right now you’re on the right track!
The Importance Of Creativity
Many experts believe that it’s in our nature as human beings to be creative, even if some people don’t really ever get the hang of it. Children especially are drawn to different forms of art, which would explain why they famously enjoy ruining walls with crayons!
Encouraging that creativity in children is more important than you realize – in addition to helping your child develop fine motor skills, it can also help them with self-expression, developing problem solving skills and a critical mind.
In the long run, all these things become the skills that your child can leverage to become successful in life!
How to Encourage it
As a parent, there are countless ways you can encourage creativity in your child. We’re listing just three of those ways, but if you want more you can look up things like this Craft Whack blog article and many others on the website.
Encourage their Artistic Interests
If you notice your little one picking up a paintbrush or taking interest in drawing on the walls, don’t discourage them. Instead, deflect their attention elsewhere, join in and channel their energy and creative spirit into fun activities and interests.
Paint with them on a canvas or a notebook, and maybe even get them a chalkboard to draw on instead of using the walls as a creative outlet. You can introduce them to doodling, drawing by connecting the dots, painting by numbers, and when you think they’re ready you can encourage them to try to recreate a drawing or a painting just by looking at it.
Encourage Make-Believe Exercises
Creativity comes in many forms, and one of them is the art of story-telling and make-believe. When you play with your child, it gives you the opportunity to help them consider various scenarios to a single situation, how they would solve it, how to communicate with other people to sort out a mess, and many other things.
Not to mention how great it to be an effective story teller. This isn’t just a skill important for writers – knowing how to organise your thoughts and present your ideas effectively is a valuable skill. You can even use this opportunity to make sure they’re not queasy about public speaking later in life.
Help Them Develop Problem Solving Skills
In all your activities, solving problems without losing their cool or panicking about something is one skill that they should learn the most. As an adult, many people struggle to think rationally and function properly under pressure, but if your child knows not to panic when they pick a wrong color, and instead to focus on developing solutions to the problem, their life will be much easier.