When you think about creativity, do you immediately assume that it is limited to art supplies and making crafts? Creativity actually goes beyond sketches, paintings and other works of art. When you encourage your child to be more creative, you are actually helping him develop problem solving skills vital for solving even complex problems. Creativity actually involves a mental and social process so that new ideas or concepts can flourish.

For children to be creative, parents should encourage them to come up with original ideas. When accomplishing school projects, a child should be given the free hand to put his ideas into his work. If you impose on what your child should do, you are setting limits on what he may be capable of doing. When exploration is restricted, your child may then think that there is no use in thinking out of the box.

There are actually plenty of ways on how you can develop creativity in children. When doing art activities at home, give your child the free rein on how he wants to create his project. If he chooses to use the art materials differently, allow him to do just that. Don’t be too critical with his work, but instead compliment him for the unique process that he took in making the project.

When playing, encourage your child to use his toys other than its intended function. With a little imagination, a particular toy can be reinvented into something new. Encourage creative play like pretending to be a famous cartoon character or a superhero. By being someone who has extraordinary abilities, surely your child’s ideas will keep on flowing thereby enhancing his creativity.

Nurture creativity even through ordinary things or situations. Explore what your child thinks about the shape of leaves, clouds or shadows. Ask questions that requires the use of one’s imagination. Probe into his ideas, and allow him to illustrate more about his unique thoughts.

Storytelling is also a good medium to develop creativity in kids. Although your child may already know the turn of events of a particular story, don’t be afraid to add your own twist to it. Add your own originality to a familiar story, and encourage your child to do the same. During storytelling time, allow him to come up with his own version, and have him expound on his ideas. It really doesn’t matter if a happy ending suddenly turned sour, for as long as your child was able to relate his own story.

Parents should also be good role models. When children witness their parents make crafts out of scrap or projects out of unusual materials, they may also follow suit. By simply giving your child the freedom to create unique projects, you are already encouraging him to come up with one of a kind ideas.

Sometimes we can take for granted certain aspects of a child’s development assuming that it’s not really important. However, even the most basic or simple activities can be beneficial for growing kids. And although we really need to set limits to promote good behavior in children, sometimes there are certain exceptions to the rule.