Creativity, a muscle?
Creativity is the little muscle in your right brain that gives you the ability to invent and find new solutions to problems. When we are children, this muscle is constantly called upon, through games, scenarios created with our imagination and during creative activities. Creativity promotes children's development on several levels. The creative child will find it easier to find solutions when confronted with a problem, which will give him the assurance that he has the capacity to succeed. Being creative also allows you to open up to the world and to perceive things from different angles. And yes, creativity is not only to develop your artistic talents, but to find solutions to problems and to perceive the world in your own way.
Parents, educators and teachers but also a trainer of creativity!
Although all children are creative, certain strategies can be put in place to promote the training of this muscle. Parents, educators and teachers are excellent coaches for cultivating creativity in children. Naturally, children are spontaneous and curious. They like to explore and create during symbolic games, artistic creations and problem solving. Some environments are more conducive to exploring and using creativity in children. Indeed, it is essential to offer a rich and stimulating environment. The adult, like a good trainer, is there to encourage children to explore so that they can discover their interests. One of the roles of the coach is to provide the children with a variety of materials and to bring something new to foster their creativity. In fact, the more diverse a child's experience and representations, the more he will be able to be creative according to the material available. For example, a child wishing to make a flower may be more creative if he has had the chance to look at books with a variety of flowers, if he went outside to observe flowers in a garden, if he has sown flower seeds and has picked some. Depending on the material available and the experiences they have, the child will be better equipped to create.
"Creativity promotes children's development on several levels. Creative children will find it easier to find solutions when they are confronted with a problem, which will give them confidence that they have the capacity to succeed. "
The adult, as a creativity trainer, should not neglect one of the important roles, which is to encourage children to express their creativity. Listening and showing interest in children's creations are important assets. In addition, more attention should be paid to the process than to the end result. The process is all that happens during creation. A good example of this is all the time spent setting up materials and roles during symbolic play. Often, we see that the children will have spent several minutes in the process, organizing their game (placing the stuffed animals in the boxes on the shelf, gathering the equipment, assigning roles, etc.) and that ultimately, the finished product. , the visit to the veterinarian, will only last a few moments. During the process, children use their creativity and develop a variety of skills. As an adult, it is important to encourage learning during the process, even when creating visual arts and not to focus on finality. During the creation process, the children should feel free, the coach should encourage them to explore and when the finished product is finished, he should value the child's efforts, the way he worked and describe what he sees instead of having a value judgment. More concretely, a child who has applied several coats of blue paint on his sheet and who announces after several minutes that he has finished, probably benefited as fully from his experience as the child who created a different work. So we want, as a good coach mentioned to the child:
"Wow! I see that you used a lot of blue on your sheet and that you put a lot of effort to cover it completely! Mission accomplished! "
In order to be a good trainer of creativity, it is important to provide an environment conducive to exploration and discovery, and this, by offering varied material in different fields of interest. Remember that one of the main tasks of the coach is to discover how each child expresses his creativity. For some, it will be through music while for others, it will be theater. Consider offering places where children can explore:
Music: headphones, varied music (African, instrumental, etc.), scarves for dancing, loudspeaker, sheets with musical notes, conductor's mallets, images of music groups, images of musical instruments, instruments, Chinese wand to keep pace, etc.
The stories: diverse books, painting with velcro figures, everyday objects (cauldron, juicer, baskets, etc.), disguises, hats, bags, etc.
Sculpture: modeling clay, salt dough, pipe cleaner, salvage material for construction, glue sticks, sticky tape of various colors, etc.
Drawing: felt-tip pens, crayons, pastel, paper, etc.
It is also a good idea to set up a creative corner. A reserved space, where children can freely create from a variety of materials. You can use items from the recycling bin, leave old magazines, scissors, paper, cardboard, glue sticks and pencils. Of course, the equipment made available to children must be safe according to their age. A child who has the chance to practice freely in this corner will gain creative confidence, much more than a child who only colors the pages of already drawn pictures.
The experiences that we bring to life allow children to store images, sensations and live emotions allowing them to use their creativity afterwards. Cultural outings (eg visits to museums and exhibition centers, libraries, theaters, etc.), nature walks and outdoor sports activities should also be part of a creativity training program for children.
Finally, the main objective of cultivating creativity in children should not be synonymous with overly directed activities and an overly busy agenda, leaving little room for improvisation and boredom. Boredom is an ally for creativity because it allows children to step back, dream, imagine and think about new solutions.
Will you be a good creativity trainer for the children you meet?