Creativity is an extensive and inherent tendency to amalgamate old bits and pieces to a comparatively novel and rewarding visualisation. It’s a common misconception that only a certain group of people are privileged enough to enjoy this flair of creativity and imagination.
It is important to keep in mind that creativity is not a passive process in any way. One cannot simply sit back and wait for this cool and salubrious breeze of inventions and expressiveness to knock at our door off destined opportunities. It’s much like a muscle in its tendency to be evolved and matured with one’s own efforts.
Needless to say that a child’s mind is like a blank canvass. They are born with this inherent ability to soak everything like a sponge. Although the process of brain development keeps on evolving over lifetime, but the first eight years of our life can help in building a strong foundation for future insight, wisdom, endeavours and a series of lifetime achievements.
This process involving a complex interplay of various regions of the brain, helps in awakening conscious awareness and efficient problem solving skills. It provides a cast for the malleable minds of your children.
When it comes to building your child’s creative skills, he should be willing to take risks in order or take things out of their purpose and put them to his unconventional use. It’s not always necessary to win but to at least try and take a risk.
Teach your child to be flexible in his approach to activate and deactivate certain areas and complex networks of his brain. Only then he’ll be able to turn adversity into advantage. Research shows that the experiences of deprivation, depletion and erosions prove to be active stimulants of self development, creativity and deep personal transformation.
Imaginative people all over the world are united by their recklessness and reluctance to embrace the conventional approach towards completion of their tasks. Teach him how to be a mindful observer. He can begin this journey by observing the world around him. It’s your task to ensure a healthy environment for him to learn and perceive what’s happening around. Gradually, help him expand his observations and teach him to appreciate even the minor details of his surroundings. If you feel that your existing environment is no longer serving this purpose, try changing it for him. A simple stroll in the woods sometimes serve this purpose. You can thus convert it into an opportunity for your child to exercise a mindful observation.
Imagination relies on curiosity. It’s a fuel for your child’s cognitive and imaginative development. Never let him stop questioning. Encourage your child to spark up his creativity by asking questions and make sure to answer some of his apparently ‘’silly’’ questions vigilantly.
Let his curiosity drive his imagination. Find out ways to sharpen his skills. Challenge him to create something out of everything he likes. Don’t ever set boundaries for him. It’s sometimes okay to think beyond boundaries and thresholds.
He should be allowed to daydream as well. When you allow your mind to float freely, it brings out the best chunks of the reminiscences, recollections, impressions and associated sentiments. Teach him how to reshape those thoughts into attaining a purpose.
He should be taught to set his priorities in life. Reflect on what inspires him to be a better person. Try identifying his interests right from the beginning and provide him with all the opportunities to draw a portfolio out of the things that challenge his inner skills and creative side.
Help him develop a keen creative passion and courage that’ll serve as an emotional fuel in paving his path towards fulfilling his dreams. Don’t expect him to live a life exactly the way you’ve planned for him. Try not to impose your own wishes and interests. He should be given enough opportunity and space to explore his interests and likings.
By asking him imaginative and creative questions, you’ll provide him with an opportunity to broaden his approach and express his ideas in an efficient way. Encourage him to think out of the box. A child possessing the art of divergent thinking is capable of having a good insight at problem solving in his later life. It’s always the early childhood that’ll provide him with the maximum opportunity to polish his developing skills. Encourage creative writing, outdoor activities, verbal tasks and art activities to further explore his fields of interest.
Imaginative plays help children in self expression. Since the technology is taking over the world, it’s your duty to limit your child’s screen time and provide him an opportunity to learn and make things out of the virtual world. He’ll ultimately be equipped with the required experience once he jumps into the practical world.
It should however be kept in mind that the process of imaginary development takes considerable time and effort. Once you successfully manage to improve his imagination, you’ll be paving a path of self realisation, improvement, art of problem solving and an efficient and profound creative thinking.