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9 Ways to Support Your Child’s Creativity

By Margarita Tartakovsky, M.S.
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9 Ways to Support Your Childs Creativity Kids are natural innovators with powerful imaginations. And creativity offers a bounty of intellectual, emotional and even health benefits.

One study found that kids’ imaginations helped them cope better with pain. Creativity also helps kids be more confident, develop social skills, and learn better. Below, three experts share how parents can encourage their kids’ creativity.

1. Designate a space for creating. Carving out a space where your child can be creative is important, said Pam Allyn, executive director of Lit World and Lit Life and the author of many books, including Your Child’s Writing Life: How to Inspire Confidence, Creativity, and Skill at Every Age.

But this doesn’t mean having a fancy playroom. It could be a tiny corner with a sack of LEGOs or a box of your old clothes for playing dress-up, she said. Allyn has seen creativity flourish in the most cramped spaces, including the slums of Kenya. The key is for your child to feel like they have power over their space, she said.

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9 Ways to Support Your Child’s Creativity

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  1. When I was a kid, my best friend and I used to make up new episodes of our favorite TV shows and act them out on the playground, at the pool, in our backyards, in our basements, even at the bus stop before school. By the time we graduated high school, both of us had won regional writing contests and my best friend had played the starring role in “Hello Dolly.” I firmly believe that the way we played as kids helped us develop and perfect those skill sets.

  2. I would add: Get the visual entertainment system out of your car. Creativity thrives on boredom. Support your child to have a rich inner life, rather than have something external fill it up all of the time. Yes, the adult will have to deal witht the negative dynamics that come out of boredom, but this is called parenting, and its what we signed up for. Relegating behavior management to the DVD player is a creativity win lose on the parent child axis.

    • i totally agree! as a kid, i had to endure countless times where my sisters would watch a dog movie and then argue over who gets to be which dog for a couple of hours afterwards XD movies affect creativity quite a bit… but i would argue that as long as the kid is using his creativity (as in drawing, lego, pretend games etc.) then some films are fuel for their imagination. I personally loved star wars and have based many games on interstellar combat :P so, i guess you can’t stop them from getting ideas, but make sure that they don’t watch TOO much TV, then they will become lethargic and have trouble thinking clearly… i know because that happened to me a lot X_X but other than that knit-picking, great post! i whole heartedly agree with the in-car DVD players!!! (but the scariest things are what goes on the household television)

  3. I love the picture of the little girl X3 tres chouette… but this is a great article! my only issue (which is small)is that most of these things have to seem natural, you cannot force creativity into a designated area. It is always best for the kid to freely express their creative ideas anywhere (provided they don’t knock over things) :P

  4. realy Great Insights and information is shared here!

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