Yes, You Are Creative!
8 December 2016
Possibly the most important thing to realize about creativity is that everyone possesses a certain amount of it. While some people are a little more creative and some a little less, no one is totally lacking in creativity. Today I want to share how to support your child's as well as your own unique creativity.
Creativity, by definition, is a way of thinking, acting, or making something that is original for the individual and valued by the person and possibly others. You don’t have to be the first one in the world to produce something for it to be considered a creative act. It only has to be the first for you. For instance, it’s a creative act the first time you figure out that recycled paper rolls are great for keeping extension cords tangle-free. Or, when a child discovers how to mix a new color for the first time while finger painting.
When someone is creating something it usually consists of two parts. The first part has to do with originality-- the discovery of an idea, plan, or answer. The second part has to do with figuring out and making the idea work.
Young children seem to have a natural ability to come up with creative answers, approaches and ways to use materials. They are often fearless in exploring all kinds of materials. This creative approach might not always be what you expect, but the key here is acceptance of the child’s creative approach.
It is so important when doing Skilly-do activities with your child to encourage them to express their creative natures. Put aside your fears that you might not really be a creative person, and let the child’s natural creativity happen. You might have an idea how you think the activity should go, what the end result should be. But your child may approach the activity and materials in a way very different from what you expected. Just remember that in all creative activities your focus should be on the process-- that is, the child’s developing and generating original ideas-- and not the end product.
Keep in mind that in all the messiness of some Skilly-do activities lie the many real benefits of creative activities. These include:
- Learning to feel good about themselves.
- Learning to seek many answers to a problem
- Developing their potential to think
- Developing new skills
- Developing their individuality
- Experiencing the joy of being different
And the greatest thing of all about creativity is that it's a process that never ends. Years ago, doing creative things with my daughter Claire when she was a child, gave us time together, building our relationship through learning and exploring, making and experiencing new things. And here we are today, working together making this new thing we call Skilly-do.
It is my sincere hope that you will have a great relationship with your child using our creative activities and that you, too, will continue to foster it after the preschool years and beyond. So have fun being creative using Skilly-do activities with your child. It’s good for you both– now and in the future. Check out our Pretending activities collection to find activities that flex your child's unique creativity. And check out my 3 part series on developing Young Children's Creativity here.
And don't forget to let us know how it goes. What were the most fun ones you tried? You can give us your feedback right here!