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9th February 2019

Skill #4 Creativity

Creativity is nothing but the process of creating something unique and new!

What is creativity?

Creativity is the art of turning new and imaginative ideas into reality. Creativity is one of the most important characteristics of being human. It is one of the main traits that make us successful as individuals and as a species. It is characterised by the ability to perceive the world in new ways, to find hidden patterns, to make connections between seemingly unrelated phenomena, and to generate solutions. The world is changing so rapidly now that just learning a specific skill set and following it exactly won’t get us very far. What prepares students for life beyond the classroom is learning how to be more creative, which includes flexibility in perception and execution of tasks.

Why is it necessary?

Creativity is the process of bringing something new into being. Creativity requires passion and commitment. It brings to our awareness what was previously hidden and points to new life. creativity is a way of thinking and expressing ourselves. It is about discovering and inventing new things, which motivates us to be imaginative and inventive. All children need to be truly creative is the freedom to commit themselves completely to the effort and make whatever activity they are doing their own. What's important in any creative act is the process of self-expression. Creative experiences can help children express and cope with their feelings. A child's creative activity can help teachers to learn more about what the child may be thinking or feeling. Creativity also fosters mental growth in children by providing opportunities for trying out new ideas, and new ways of thinking and problem-solving. Creative activities help acknowledge and celebrate children's uniqueness and diversity as well as offer excellent opportunities to personalize our teaching and focus on each child.

In order to be creative, we help children to be able to view things in new ways or from a different perspective. Among other things, they need to be able to generate new possibilities or new alternatives. Tests of creativity measure not only the number of alternatives that children can generate but the uniqueness of those alternatives. The ability to generate alternatives or to see things uniquely does not occur by the change; it is linked to other, more fundamental qualities of thinking, such as flexibility, tolerance of ambiguity or unpredictability, and the enjoyment of things.

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10 tips to build the skill?

Lead by example

Be creative when you’re around your child. when children watch someone else be highly creative, they become more creative themselves.

Give freedom

Stop telling your kid what to do. So perhaps rather than compulsively booking your child into every music and art class you can find in order to boost creativity, you could follow your child’s lead and see where they take you.

Discuss creativity

Ask your kids when they come up with their best ideas or have their most creative moments

Cultivate creative critical thinking

As your kids get older, ask them how they approach certain problems and how they might do things differently. Have your kids brainstorm their ideas

Avoid managing

Children have an amazing innate ability to be creative when they play freely on their own, and unfortunately, the act of overparenting dampens or even wipes out that innate ability. So avoid managing and let children be themselves.

Passions

Pay attention to your child’s interests and make these materials and activities available to them. Help them to pursue their passion.

Be creative

Since kids learn from watching their parents, so you also some of your creative skills. Join your child when they’re drawing or building or colouring

Reduce screen time

It can be hard for some families to remove screen time altogether, but we can all make an effort to spend less time in front of the screen. Time spent watching videos or cartoons could be spent drawing, making a robot, or setting up an obstacle course.

Feedback

An important element in teaching creativity is feedback. Your kids need to hear what you think of their work. They don’t need a critic, but they want to know what Dad’s favourite part is. So identify your favourite aspect and describe it.

Learn through Collaboration

Curiosity will lead them to create. Collaborating with & learning from others may be just what they need to give them a creativity boost.

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