4. “Creativity is a key to Success”
Creativity is increasingly recognized as a key to success in our rapidly changing world.
The Centre for Childhood Creativity reports that “creativity is increasingly recognized as a key to success in our rapidly changing world.” It is now understood that creativity and problem solving are among the basic skills that everyone is required to have, whether they have to deal with an everyday problem at home or a work-related challenge.
When we think of all the skills a child needs to learn to be able to succeed academically, we often think of reading, writing, concentration, math and so on. However, one of the most important skills children need to develop is their creativity. Sir Kenneth Robinson, a leading thinker and speaker on creativity said:
“Creativity is as important in education as literacy and we should treat it with the same status.”
The Creativity Post states that a “raft of recent research studies demonstrates that creativity is vital from the shop floor to the boardroom and at the level of the individual to the organization as a whole. What is more… our economic fortunes at a societal level probably rest on creativity too.”
Globally, creativity is being recognized as a key to future economic success. The NEA reports that in today’s world of global competition and task automation, innovative capacity and a creative spirit are fast becoming requirements for personal and professional success. Leigh Ann Whittle of Edudemic agrees:
“there couldn’t be anything more important in today’s increasingly competitive knowledge-based economy.”
In Canada, the Globe and Mail reports that “our creative industries, with the arts and cultural sector as its cynosure, could be an ideal gateway to a long-term strategy improving our competitiveness and our capacity for innovation, leading a more certain, sustainable future economy.”
Creativity is not limited to artistic and musical expression—it is also essential for science, math, and even social and emotional intelligence. Since creativity is a key to success in nearly everything we do, creativity is a core skill to practice with kids.
A small 2012 study found that spending time in nature without your electronic devices boosted scores on a creativity test.
Giving your mind a break from the constant stimulation of technology allows it to better take in new things and have new thoughts, which can boost creativity.
Neuroscience research has even found that daydreaming involves the same processes that govern imagination and creativity. So if you’re looking to get more creative, get bored.
Fortunately, research shows that there is a path to becoming creative and that creativity can, indeed, be cultivated. In other words, creativity is more skill than inborn talent, and it is a skill parents can help their kids develop. The Greater Good Science Center suggests that parents, teachers and friends all help children develop creativity and “the space and time for creative exploration, as well as the introduction of new ideas and novel experiences, need to be protected and cultivated through reinforcement by peers, parents and teachers.”
Where can parents start?
Give your child time and space to exercise their creativity.
Children need time every day to play and daydream. If every waking moment is filled with activities, your child will never have the time to use his imagination and think creatively.
Whittle outlines how to instill creative confidence in children. Among other things, she reminds us of the importance of discovery in creativity and the act of exploring without necessarily a goal or direction. It’s also importance to focus on the process and experience, not the outcome and celebrate discovery. It’s also important for parents to encourage kids to stick with a line of discovery and continue to explore it in a deep, meaningful way.
Read to your child. Reading aloud to young children is not only one of the best activities to stimulate language and cognitive skills, it also builds motivation, curiosity, and memory (Bardige, B. Talk to Me, Baby!(2009), Paul H Brookes Pub Co.) Leap Frog states that although it may seem obvious, the more stories a child hears, the more his imagination will be stimulated.
Fostering creativity is easy and can be a lot of fun. Our Kabooter Knomes blog outlines other ways to foster creativity in your child.
There is concern that modern methods of play and popular commercial toys might get in the way of creativity. The Greater Good Science Center at the University of California, Berkeley states:
Many researchers believe we have fundamentally changed the experience of childhood in such a way that impairs creative development. Toy and entertainment companies feed kids an endless stream of prefab characters, images, props and plot-lines that allow children to put their imaginations to rest. Children no longer need to imagine a stick is a sword in a game or story they’ve imagined: they can play Star Wars with a specific light-saber in costumes designed for the specific role they are playing.
Kabooter Knomes is a fantastic tool to help parents encourage creativity their home by encouraging their child to:
Unplug, get creative and “play old school”
With a focus of imaginative play coupled with repurposing, reusing and recycling existing toys and things kids find in their home, children are encouraged to exercise their creativity. Introducing your child and family to the magic of Kabooter Knomes will ignite your child’s imagination and set a course for endless creative play, great memories and tons of laughs. Learn more at www.kabooterknomes.com.