“Imagination is the highest kite one can fly.”
I like that saying. It’s simple and it paints a nice word picture.
While facts and rules and routine can be comforting, I think it’s so important to leave room – plenty of room – for creativity. By looking at things afresh, we allow the mind to expand in new ways and to develop problem-solving skills. “Perhaps imagination is only intelligence having fun.” (George Scialabba)
How do we nurture creativity in our children?
- Leave openings in the day. Over scheduling is a surefire way to dampen creativity. Children need time to explore and ask questions and ponder. Embrace the “Why?”
- Provide a stimulating environment. Crafting materials, oodles of books, and a change of geography come to mind. Let kids get messy. Read something different. Go to new places regularly. “When patterns are broken, new worlds emerge.” (Tuli Kupferberg)
- Fan the flame. If children exhibit aptitude in certain areas, provide them with opportunities to expand these interests. (Note: I did not say “push them.”) And, heavens to Betsy, parents, if the interest or hobby mirrors your own, please, PLEASE don’t try to relive your childhood or glory days through your kids – ‘cause that is sad on so many levels. Plus, it usually backfires anyway. “Don't expect anything original from an echo.” (Anonymous)
“Maybe Later,” an online children’s picture book on Big Universe Learning, champions creative thinking in the mystery-filled story it weaves. A beach, a green glass bottle, a mysterious shadow, and superb storytelling will keep kids reading until the end. It would make a great read-aloud too, but would take multiple sessions. "Maybe Later" also could serve as a creative writing prompt to use in conjunction with Big Universe's Author Tool.
Penned by Ingrid Lee and illustrated by Gabrielle Grimard, this Orca book is written for ages 6-12. It was inspired by a true story. (ISBN: 9781551437644; F&P GR: N; ATOS: 3.2; AR Quiz: 122550)
“The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and science. He to whom the emotion is a stranger, who can no longer pause and stand wrapped in awe, is as good as dead; his eyes are closed.” (Albert Einstein)