Excerpt from Pablo Picasso on creativity: “Others have seen what is and asked why? I have seen what could be and asked why not?”
Studies have shown over the past few decades that developing a child’s creativity is essential for his overall aspects in the emotional, mental, physical and spiritual growth status. According to a group of psychologists in California who conducted a long-term research on families with less creative children and on families with creative children, strict and disciplinarian parents tend to have children with lesser creativity compared to parents who value their children’s ideas and imaginations. These children who are more open to their parents tend to have a healthy emotional well being, granting that upon growing up, they can decide on their own without depending on their parent’s decision. These kids can easily open up to self expression in the form of various talents like arts and music. Mentally, they are more curious and as most kids love to explore, they gain a wide array of knowledge from their inquisition. And as adults, they develop the skills of leadership, a sense of diplomacy and are able to adapt to the environment and among other individuals. Children who are more exposed through play are free from pressure from the conditions of adults since they can be themselves. Allowing children to play creatively and freely allows them to develop their potentials and be aware of their unique skills and imaginations. Unleashing creativity in kids gives them positive and happy memories of their childhood.
By definition, the creative process and the creative thinking of children has a broader aspect and includes thinking outside the box. According to an article in NFER who summarized a group of research studies on developing creativity in children, creative learning involves problem solving skills, imagination, uniqueness and originality, productivity and the ability to acquire a sense of self esteem. All children have the capabilities to explore and readily learn to new things. Parents, teachers and care givers portray a great role in the creative thinking of their children and students by being more attentive to their ideas. Encouraging these opportunities can build self esteem on these kids.