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Creativity in Children

Little Girl Sharing a Wonderful story

Children need to be given many different outlets to express their creative ideas. When we allow young children to express themselves creatively we often limit them to making physical things. We have them complete some type of artistic task such as painting or drawing. Unfortunately, the other outlets are sometimes neglected.

Many children allow their inability to draw to prevent them from creating their true vision. Parents can encourage other means of expression that may come more naturally for their child. We want children to fully engage themselves creatively with no limitations. A great way to encourage this is through storytelling.

Develop creativity in kids with storytelling

For example, you begin by telling your child a story that you have created. It doesn’t have to be long, but try to make it something that is appealing to the child. The next time the roles are reversed and your child comes up with their own unique story.

At first, the story may need to be guided in case the child is uncomfortable or unsure of their abilities. As the child progresses, you will be amazed at the thoughts and visions that are in a child’s mind at a very early age. In the next stage of the process you can begin to introduce ideas that the child can expound upon. They can use your ideas or change them to suit their needs.

Another version is for you to begin the story and have your child take over at some point, and pass the story back and forth until the story is complete. This allows both the parent and child to feed off of each other’s creativity. This creative bond can enhance the parent-child relationship.

You can take this as far as the child wants. If they develop a story that they are proud of and feel the need to express themselves further, they can put on a play or performance. Costumes can be made and background scenes designed. Stage performances are a great way for children to share their artistic talents. It may be that verbal expression is not ideal for a particular child, so their performance can be expressed through dance.

As your child grows older, encourage them to put their creative ideas on paper through writing. Children are often limited when writing stories because they don’t know how to spell a word or are unsure of the proper grammar. Encourage them to spell the word as close as possible, but don’t stop and spend too much time on it. The important point is for them to get their thoughts on paper. Thoughts are often fleeting when you are writing. The thoughts are here one second and gone the next. Explain to your child the difference between writing and editing. They can always go back and fix any writing errors they have made, but they often can’t recapture the thoughts they had in their mind.

The creativity of a child is bound by the means they are taught to express themselves. How many talented writers have we lost due to limits imposed by others? These budding writers are told from an early age they can’t write because they can’t spell well or they don’t follow the proper rules of grammar. Spelling, grammar, and punctuation are all important parts of writing but not the most important. The ideas behind the written words are the true genius. Not everyone will take notice or agree, but when the creativity of a child is allowed to be expressed freely, we find that all possess gifts from within.

The artistic talents of a child are defined early by the society around them, even though their greatest abilities have yet to be expressed. Societal pressures see artistic talent as something you are born with or you’re not. Unfortunately, many children go through life without ever capturing the magic that is inside them.