When you hear the word ‘creative’ what jumps to mind? Is it famous painters such as Van Gogh or Frida Kahlo, musicians such as Queen or Ed Sheeran, actors such as Sandra Bullock, films such as Avatar or theatre productions such as Starlight Express. Most people automatically correlate the word ‘creativity’ with artistic assignments but something we rarely do is associate ourselves, our lives or our jobs with creativity.
There are so many things we do in everyday life that require us to get creative. For instance, expressing ourselves through decorating our home, holding interesting conversations and for those of you who have recently been job hunting, maybe you have noticed that many companies now state that they require someone creative in their job definition regardless of the sector you work in. They are looking for a problem solver, someone who can think outside of the box and bring something new to the table.
Creativity is a way of thinking and it is learnt and built on all through your life, starting from when you are a child. By letting your child experiment and explore their creativity you give them the opportunity to develop emotionally, socially, intellectually and physically as well as gaining important life skills such as:
- Self-confidence –
Making something with your own hands is an achievement lending a helping hand to improving a child’s self-confidence. When you react in a positive manor towards a child’s creation it gives them a good feeling and makes them proud of what they have achieved pushing them to accomplish more. Taking time to frame or even hang your child’s work on the fridge shows them that their work is valued and that you appreciate the time and effort they have made.
- Ability to solve problems
Children who draw or paint have the opportunity to come up with their own spontaneous ideas, having to make choices and solve problems. They learn things such as ‘if I don’t have that colour, it’s OK, I can make it’, building self-reliance and thinking outside the box.
- Improvement of fine motor skills
The more a child is introduced to at a young age the quicker their fine motor skills develop. Let them tear up paper, doodle on random pieces of paper, use scissors to cut things out of newspapers and mould things out of playdoh. These skills are useful for things we do in everyday life such as: eating with a knife and fork and tying your shoelaces.
- Concentration and focus
Giving your child an end goal sometimes is good for their concentration and focus. When children have something to work towards in a supportive environment they learn to focus on the task at hand. These skills will help only be advantageous in school but continue to be of value later in life.
It could be argued that this is the most important. The pleasure that children get from drawing, sticking and painting is imperative. In this day and age, there is a lot of pressure put on society to perform and this can be stressful for a child. Self-expression, experimenting and learning that making mistakes is normal is a great way for children to de-stress and relax. Happy child, happy parents.
We understand that it’s not always easy to:
- Come up with ideas
- Make time
- Deal with the mess
As well as the fact a lot of households are not kitted out with all the arts and crafts supplies that your children have access to at Wonderyears or school but we know from working with your children that many of them LOVE to get creative. This is where we are going to jump in and help, we will post at least one activity a week trying to use minimal supplies and stuff that you can find around the house that you can adapt.
Let’s kick off with some fun activities, you can subscribe below to get updates to your email.
Good luck and let’s have some fun!