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Creativity and Young Children

Creative Energy in Children

Five-year-old Suzi decided to make a green frog out of pompoms and paper, and then she designed and decorated a tissue box “home” for it. She was focused and independently productive, using tape, markers, stickers, and glue, and she was delighted with her final product. She was thrilled to “show and tell” her family after she was finished. Suzi reveled in the positive feedback and shone with a sense of accomplishment. She was eager to begin another creative activity and ran to get more paper.

“Creativity is always available if you want or need to use it. You can think it through slowly and deliberately, or you can seize it quickly or spontaneously on the fly.” ~ Ignite Your Ideas (p.3)

Creativity can be fulfilling and exciting! How can parents foster this kind of effortful momentum?

Encourage Children to Share Ideas

Children may not always feel inclined to reveal their ideas to others. Many “creators” (young, old, and in-between) prefer to tackle tasks independently (like Suzi) and dislike interference while they’re engaged in an activity. Whether it’s singing, drawing, sculpting, making a frog house, or something else, if they choose to do things on their own, that’s great! However, when or if children are ready, it can be very gratifying for them to share their ideas and outcomes. (Note, however, if a task is potentially hazardous. Then close supervision is prudent throughout.)

Dr. Joanne Foster

Dr. Joanne Foster, an acclaimed author and educator, has dedicated over 35 years to gifted education and child development. With expertise in psychology and special education, her work empowers parents and educators, fostering creativity and high-level learning in children and teens. Dr. Foster has written countless articles, and several books—the most recent being Ignite Your Ideas: Creativity for Kids.

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Summer Learning Lapses? Relax!

Summer Learning Lapses? Relax!

During the summer, parents are often concerned whether their kids will retain the knowledge they’ve acquired over the past school year, or whether they’ll experience a learning lapse. Here are some considerations and suggestions for parents.