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5 reasons to encourage creativity in children

Children have very active and colourful imaginations, but it’s easy to forget to encourage that curiosity and creativity. We are quick to encourage reading, writing and academic areas, but artistic expression and creativity can sometimes be forgotten.


Creativity is an extremely valuable characteristic and we need to nurture those ideas and imaginations. Here are a few reasons to encourage children to be creative... Read more

5 reasons to encourage creativity in children

Children have very active and colourful imaginations, but it’s easy to forget to encourage that curiosity and creativity. We are quick to encourage reading, writing and academic areas, but artistic expression and creativity can sometimes be forgotten.


Creativity is an extremely valuable characteristic and we need to nurture those ideas and imaginations. Here are a few reasons to encourage children to be creative.


Builds self-esteem. When kids are given the opportunity to be creative, they are able to express themselves in a new way and show that off. Hanging artwork your child has created and using encouraging words and compliments, are ways of encouraging and building self-esteem. Studies have shown that creativity increases self-esteem because when kids are creating with their peers, it teaches them to give and receive positive feedback.


Develops concentration. For children, the time they spent using their imagination and being creative means they are away from screen time and are able to focus for a period of time on a task. This is an important skill to develop and gives them time to complete a task and try not to become distracted. This can also improve the child’s attention span.


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Open to new ideas. Being creative and using your imagination helps you to be open to possibilities and allows you to grow. Creativity is essentially learning how to do something in your own unique way, and it teaches kids that everyone does things differently and that it’s ok to be unique.


Improves problem solving. Being creative and creating works of art shows that there can be multiple solutions to the same problem. Each painting, dance, song and sculpture are different depending on the person. Art creates an environment of questions and curiosity because the answer is open-ended.


Allows children to express themselves. Sometimes children may have a hard time expressing themselves verbally, and being creative allows expression in several different ways. Drawing, painting, music, acting, sculpting- these are all creative ways in which kids can be creative and express feelings and emotions they might normally not be able to do.


If you aren’t sure how to encourage your children to be creative, there are many easy ways to help with this. Give your child art supplies (simple paper and markers or paints will do the trick), play music, bring them to a new place such as an art gallery, or dance class, or just sit down with them and enjoy a fun new activity.


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If your child shows an interest in something, whether it building with blocks, decorating their room, or just cutting paper with scissors, these activities allow them to express themselves. Encourage them, and take time to enjoy and participate with them. You might even get a little creative in the process.


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