Ways to Enhance Children’s Creativity

common people usually think that creative is mostly related to excelling in arts, but that is certainly an aspect of it. in fact, being creative is more like finding innovative ways to solve problems, generating new ideas and finding ways to make things better. and these things can not be just owned by someone without undergoing any building process before. in short, to be creative, the formation process must be begun since early.

 

120530133720-large research has shown that enhancing creativity since early, especially at school, may offer benefits academically, developmentally and emotionally. however, these characteristics will serve students well from their formative years all the way through completing a digital arts program. if you are a teacher, these are lots of activities you can do and strategies you can adopt to get the creative juices flowing at class :

Word Games –  encourage creative thinking because it allows children to make connections and establish relationships between different words

#you could provide a list of words all linked by another and have the children figure out the base word. if the word was ‘’bag’’, the accompanying list could be ‘’sleeping, shopping, trash and vacuum.’’ #another good game is ‘’Connect”, where students name a word associated with the word given by the previous student.

Visual Thinking Games – encourage visualization and the use of imagination—two important aspects of thinking creatively

#show the children an abstract image and ask them to tell you what they see, what the image looks like to them. have them look at it from all different angles and perspectives. no judgments on answers—you do not want to do anything that will hamper their thinking process.

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Drawing Games –  help students build on existing concepts, knowledge and ideas, another key aspect of creativity

#you could hand out sheets of paper with a squiggly line drawn on it and students—either on their own or in pairs—could use this as a starting point to make their own drawing. afterwards, they can guess what other students drew and discuss how they came up with their own picture. #another great drawing game involves giving children pieces of paper with circles drawn on them; the circles serve as a base to create a drawing. the children can do this in groups, pairs or as individuals. ask the children to select a set number of their drawings and build a story around the images. afterwards, everyone can share their stories.

here are some Teaching Tips :

  • besides utilizing specific games, you can enhance creativity through the way you teach and interact with your students. whenever possible, let students pick their own topics for presentations, projects and writing assignments; this will jump start creative thinking.
  • asking certain types of questions during lessons is also a great way to get their imaginations churning. depending on the subject matter at hand, you can ask students questions regarding different ways to accomplish a particular task, how something might be improved, other uses for a particular object, different ways of accomplishing a particular task, what might happen if a certain element of the situation was changed, etc.
  • encourage group collaboration as much as possible; this is an important skill that will serve them well later in life. working with others and being exposed to their creative process can also help in building a student’s own creativity.563020_525330940840201_809071170_n

overall, encouraging creativity in students will not only serve them well while they are in school, it will help them develop skills that will serve them well as adults. as a teacher, you have an opportunity to help students develop something that will enhance all aspects of their life.

 

–a review of http://creativeoverflow.net/how-to-enhance-creativity-in-school-children/–

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