Tips: How Can Adults Encourage Creativity?
Just as all children are not equally intelligent, all children are not equally creative. But just as all children exhibit behaviors which evidence intelligence from birth, they also exhibit behaviors which evidence the potential for creativity.
Creativity is essentially a form of problem-solving. But it is a special type of problem-solving--one that involves problems for which there are no easy answers: that is, problems for which popular or conventional responses do not work. Creativity involves adaptability and flexibility of thought.
Here are a few tips on how adults can encourage and influence creativity in children:
- Provide an environment that allows children to explore and play without restraints.
- Adapt to children's ideas rather than trying to structure the children's ideas to fit the adult's.
Allow time for children to explore all possibilities, moving from popular to more original ideas.
From Kid Source