National Keep Kids Creative Week: Promoting creativity
Creativity can be defined in an infinite number of ways; every person you ask will likely give you a different answer, but one thing most people can agree on is that adults admire the creativity of children.
Adults love the outside-the-box thinking of children; children even become famous for their ability to say whatever they think, no matter how off-topic or illogical, without being self-conscious on shows like “Kids Say the Darndest Things” or, more recently, “The Apparently Kid.”
This kind of offbeat, creative thinking kids show in the way they talk, act and create is more than just something adorable for adults to enjoy; it is what changes the world. It sounds dramatic, but people who can think creatively are the ones who can and will help advance society and solve problems.
In order for kids to remain creative as they get older, they need your help. It is easy for children to fall into the “normal” way of living and thinking as they grow, so they need you to continue to promote that creativity at home. Here are a few ways to foster creativity:
Ask open-ended questions
By asking your children open-ended questions, you are forcing them to let go of the idea that there is one correct answer to every question. Here are a few examples:
- What could happen if all the shoes in the world were the same size?
- Why don’t we wake up with our hair neat and combed?
- What could happen if it always rained on Saturdays?
Play the “uses” game
This game is even used in job interviews to test the creativity of potential employees. The game is played by giving a child a random object, such as a can, piece of string or a blanket, and asking the child to come up with as many uses for it as possible in a specific amount of time.
When used in interviews, employers consider the non-conventional answers the best answers. It shows that the person being interviewed can think outside the box and is not afraid to try obscure ways to solve problems.
Play “one goes back” game
This game not only makes kids think creatively, but it also helps them learn about themselves and what they want/need. The game is played by giving kids three objects (your choice). Then, you ask them which one of the three they would give back and why. You can continue the game by asking what they would do with the leftover objects and ask how they could use the objects together.
Creativity is a priceless skill to have. Make sure you are constantly promoting creativity through your actions and being encouraging through your words when you children are thinking outside the box.