Help your kid discover classical artworks of music and literature. Let them feel that reading is cool. Additionally, it is always great for a kid to get tickets for a theatre play, movie, or exhibition as a reward for something instead of toys or sweets. A new environment means new emotions and inspirations.
Pure art is a perfect teacher itself. After contact with it for a while, your kid will most probably try creating their own masterpieces. Try not to lose that wish.
Socratic or open-ended questions are a great way to get children’s creative juices flowing. These questions help a child distance himself from the here and now. Choices, comparisons, entertaining new ideas, and formulating personal responses to these questions are all-important ingredients in creative thinking.
Here are some open-ended questions to ask children to inspire their creativity:
- What could happen if it always rained on Saturdays?
- What if cars never wore out?
- If you saw a mouse in your backyard chewing your mother’s favourite flowers, what would you do?
- Why don’t we wake up with our hair neat and combed?
- What would happen if a cow, a bee, and a clover got together?
- What could happen if cats could bark?
- What could happen if all the shoes in the world were the same size
- Offering incentives to your kids to perform any creative activity can hinder the process, resulting in reducing the quality and flexibility of their thoughts. So, allow your children to master the creative activities that they are innately motivated to do, rather than motivating them with rewards and incentives for the same.
- Try to avoid preventing kids from creative activities. Is your child busy drawing something or constructing things with Lego while ignoring other opportunities and maybe responsibilities? Perfect! Support that interest. Don’t interrupt them with that “clean-the-room” order.
Children are born curious and they want to know extra about anything and everything. It is thus the responsibility of the parents and the teachers to provide interesting and relevant indications to further drive their curiosity towards the right direction. For instance, they can be exposed to the rich art, culture, and literature of a country and simultaneously be made familiar with their hidden meanings and implications. You can also talk about the deteriorating environmental situations with them and how it can affect the life of human beings and animals around. By involving them in such meaningful discussions, parents can get their curiosity going in a way that they would want to know more.
Finally, let children learn from learning. Give them space to be themselves!