Therefore, in order to nurture their creativity in children around this ages, parents are suggested to use open-ended unstructured play materials such as plain paper, Popsicle sticks, magnetic blocks and etc. This type of toys do not have certain way to play, and it allows children to make choices, express their creativity and support their independence (Shrier, 2016).
A study has shown that the creative thinking scores decrease significantly from kindergarten through 3rd grade (8-9 years old), then remain static or decrease starting in 6th grade (10-11 years old) (Kim, 2011). Therefore, in order to let them carry on the imaginative play, parents are suggested to keep a range of creative play raw materials accessible to the children (Arnall, 2018). In Piaget’s theory of play, participation in imaginative play able to enhance the cognition development of a child (Plocha, 2007). It is important to maintain their ability to demonstrate their creative thinking instead of stopping them from exercising their imaginative.
The importance of creativity in children’s success.
The creative abilities allow children and adults to adapt and thrive in increasingly complex and uncertain times. Research has found that there is a significant correlation between creativity, meaning and intrinsic motivation (Ceci & Kumar, 2016), the researcher also believes that a creative life is able to foster happiness and wellbeing (Kaufman, 2015).
Creativity is a force that inspired by our senses of sight, sound, taste, touch, and smell in nurturing human development, innovation, and aesthetic appreciation of the world around us. The creativity ability to generate and communicate the original ideas of value makes it become the epicentre of human exploration and discovery (Price-Mitchell, 2017).
Creativity helps us deal with change, problem-solving, affects our social and emotional intelligence, enhances our understanding of math and science, and is a key component to health and happiness.
Christine Carter, an author of parenting blog in Berkeley (Jones, 2018).
Therefore, we can see that if creativity is developed and nurtured well at an early age, parents able to help their children to reach their gifted potential. In order to explore their curiosity and stimulates their creative ability, the education team from Bright Horizons has suggested a few ways that can nurture their creativity.
In conclusion, it is important for parents to understand how creativity originates, and explore the intrinsically meaningful ideas while nurturing creativity together with your children. Hopefully, the suggested ways mentioned above can facilitate the evolution of your child’s creative ideas and imaginative spirit!