Encouraging creative thinking in children is very important to their overall educational success. There are many easy ways to encourage creative thinking in children. Teaching your children to be creative can help them develop problem solving skills, writing skills and give them a leg up on many obstacles they may face in their future.
Allowing your child free time is an essential part of helping them develop creative thinking. Children are naturally imaginative and when they have time to explore the world and just be kids they do some of their best thinking. Let them be free from structures activity and just do what they want with their spare time, as long as it is within their household rules.
It is also essential that you limit the time spent on the computer and television so your child has more time for creative play. When they use the computer or watch the television take advantage of educational programs. These things can be beneficial to your child in small doses. Give your children creative tools to help them develop creative thinking. Try things like blank drawing pads with markers and crayons, blocks for building with, paints and clay.
Encourage your children to follow their own creative interest. There are many different ways to be creative and it is important for not to expect your child to be interested in any one activity. Be supportive and express excitement in your child when they show an interest in creative activity.
It is important that your child se you being creative as well. Share your own creative endeavors with your child. Show them that your crafts and hobbies are important to you. Children learn by example and if they see that something is of importance to us, they usually will see that it should be important to them as well.