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How to develop a child’s creative thinking if you are a parent?

We all had this crazy fantasy of making plans to fly into space, doing fashion shows and making up our own fairy tales for home when we were kids. But  what happens after? Why does creativity in school seem to be declining? How do parents keep childrens’ innovative thinking? Let’s get this sorted out.

What is creative thinking?

Children are like a sponge. They absorb new information, constantly make exciting discoveries and establish connections between events. Creative thinking enables them to create and develop new ideas, including writing school essays, noticing that peers will not see, playing and improvising on musical instruments and even solving complex equations in non-standard ways.

Creativity is the study of one's own abilities, plot-role games, experiments with materials and objects for infants and preschoolers. The simpler the entertainment, the higher the brain’s performance when interacting with it, and vice versa. They need the most traditional and simple toys like cubes, dolls, cars, rocks, ropes and fabric flaps.

Older children never lose their potential, but their creativity becomes more conscious. The right hemisphere, which is responsible for imagination and color sensation, does not get as much pressure as before at school. Children are less focused on creativity, prefer focusing on studies or leisure activities. But that’s no reason to stop fantasizing!

Why is it important to develop creative thinking?

The parent develops the intellect by cultivating creative thinking, expands the range of possibilities of the child and teaches to overcome mental attitudes with inertia. A creatively developed person sees contradictions and stereotypes better and is more easily given an unbiased and in-depth assessment. Self-fulfillment in the creativity process makes him happier.

Creativity is not a skill, but a way of thinking. It is a way of responding to a given task in an original way. Teach the child to start with the words «How can I solve...» to train the creative approach to problems and to fight with the pattern of thoughts. It’s about being able to focus on possibilities, not constraints. There are a few other unusual ways to pump creative thinking that we’ve described below.

What exercises will help to develop a child’s imagination?

  • The connection between the images. Children need to choose a string of image words, where the beginning is the first word (for example, a notebook) and the end is the second word (for example, a sign). Another similar game called “Cause-Effect”. Here you have to find associative arguments. For example, «It is good that there are cows because they give delicious milk», «Good that cows give delicious milk, because we can make cheese from milk» etc.

  • Unusual associations. Take a look around the room and pick one item together. The child will need to describe it with suitable and completely inappropriate adjectives.

  • Strange questions. Ask: «What would have happened if the cat had a gummy tail?» «How would people have spent the day if they had slept during the day rather than at night?» «What do you have to do to make a large chocolate sculpture not melt in summer?» The more unusual the questions - the more this exercise is useful.

  • Simple shapes. Take simple shapes like a triangle, a square, a diamond or a circle. Draw or print several such icons on the sheet. The child’s task is to make a drawing based on these figures in a given time.

  • Abbreviations. Imagine that the familiar word was an acronym and recite it in a funny way. For example: «CAT-Cute Adorable Tom».

  • Alternate plot. Think of any character in a film or a book that a child likes and change its character. Ask what would have happened to Elsa in «Frozen» if her sister Anna had not shown courage and went to her rescue?

  • Brainstorming session. Discuss a few options to solve a non-standard problem. Like getting off a desert island with nothing but a spoon, glue and binoculars.

How else do you keep creative thinking?

Take a child to an unusual exhibition, a concert of his favorite performer, a children’s play or a poetry reading. Let him see what creative people are capable of and how creativity charges both creators and spectators.

Social media and television do not foster creative thinking, but there is a way out. Make a deal with the child that after watching he will try to draw the favorite character, tell you what he saw or copy the characters. Ask leading questions when you watch the film together so the baby can learn to analyze information.

And, of course, try creativity in any form. Create your own cards, buy decorative sets, make funny collages from photos and drawings. Read by role and do some home-based physical experiments.

The most important thing is to create conditions for creativity, promote ideas into reality, encourage natural curiosity of the child and attraction to adventure.