In a society that struggles to succeeds on deadlines and productivity, it’s very difficult for adults to embrace their own creative. And for working-class parents, it’s even more difficult to help their kids’ creativity, speaking of after-school activities, homework and life in general.
A child play expert, an art teacher and a childhood specialist at a children’s museum was speaking of the importance of creativity in kids’ lives. They gave clue to how even the busiest parent can encourage their children’s creativity.
Be sensitive to the power of playtime.
A clinical report published in August, the American Academy of Pediatrics said “the importance of playtime with children cannot be overemphasized and suggested that play is a key factor in raising creative, curious and healthier kids.”
Dr. Peter Gray, research professor of psychology at Boston College and author of Free to Learn: Why Unleashing the Instinct to Play Will Make Our Children Happier, More Self-Reliant, and Better Students for Life, is also an advocate for playtime. He recently teamed up with footwear company Kamik for its #FreeYourPlay campaign, which encourages unstructured outside play. Gray says several factors, including lack of recess and access to playgrounds as well as certain toys, keep kids from fully exploring their creative sides.
“For example, Legos used to just sell you the bricks that kids love to play with to make their little creations … now they sell these kits with instructions on what to build,” Gray said. “The kids are not learning to be creative with that type of play. This whole message of there’s a right way to do it, that limits creativity.” He added.
It’s very important for parents whether busy or not to play with their children. According to Cassie Stephens, who has taught elementary school art for 20 years.
Cassie Stephens advised all parents not to over-look simple things that adults have seen too many times, to kids, they’re important and most interesting.
“When two colors make orange, and a 5-year-old is excited that they made that, I’m going to get excited with them,” Stephens said. “That excitement is contagious, and I want to really inspire them to keep exploring. I’m not going to say, ‘Of course, we talked about that, remember?’”
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