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A child’s imagination is usually quite wild as it has not been exposed to reality and common sense. We tend to focus a great deal on preparing children for the real world and making sure they’re well-behaved, educated and understand the rules of conduct, that we sometimes end up limiting their creativity.
However, if you’re looking for ways to unleash your child’s creativity and boost that imagination, here are a few tips to develop your child’s creative side:
Following a routine can be important for a child’s stability and set their expectations. However, having too many rules and always having to follow a plan can really strip a child from nourishing their creative abilities. That’s why allowing some free time where they can do whatever they want without following a plan or a set of rules can really allow their imagination to run wild.
Playing with building blocks
One of the best things about Lego or other construction-related toys is the infinite possibilities that exist. They can not only experiment and build numerous things, but they can also imagine designs in their simplest forms and compare them to an animal, building or obstacle. This really helps boost their creativity.
Create a superhero character
Most kids are really fond of superheroes. But instead of discussing superheroes that already exist, why not let your children come up with their very own superheroes? They can imagine what their superpower would be, what they would wear as well as other scenarios. Together, you could draw the character and role-play different situations.
Let your child get messy
A huge part of creativity comes with experimenting. Instead of showing your child how things are done and expecting them to learn how to do it, just give them the necessary tools and let them figure it out by getting messy. Try not to comment on their creations as much as possible and let them explain to you their own interpretations or what they visualize.
Sing and dance
One of the best things about music is that it creates different vibes and allows room to unleash a whole other aspect of creativity. Just by listening to music and different genres, you can explore different vocals, dance movements and see your child’s hidden talents. Music and dancing can also be used as prompts such as ‘dance like the wind’ or ‘dance to the beat’ and see whatever comes to mind.
Encourage your child to ask questions
A child’s brain can be running all over the place with questions, but at some point, they get used to stop asking questions. Instead of providing them with the answers or spoon-feeding them, encourage your children to ask questions and try and figure out the answer. Allow them to feel comfortable making mistakes and prompt their questions with more questions to nourish and develop their curiosity as well as constantly make their brain work. This can help develop their problem-solving skills and boost their creative side.
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