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Fostering Children’s Creativity: Q and A

“You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.”

~ Maya Angelou

Here are some straightforward questions and answers that cover some of the basics of what parents need and want to know about nurturing children’s creativity—whether in the arts (such as music, drawing, dance, or crafts), while playing (inside or outdoors), or during various day-to-day experiences. There are LOTS of suggestions here. (Creativity is a HUGE topic.) So, zero in on those points that resonate for you now, and then revisit this article over the years to refresh your family’s creative vibe.

1. WHY IS CREATIVITY IMPORTANT FOR CHILDREN?

There are many reasons, but here are three that are especially noteworthy. A) Creativity enables children to discover new perspectives and paths for learning. B) It helps kids find innovative ways to overcome difficulties and solve problems. C) Creativity ignites fun, excitement, and imagination.

2. HOW DOES CREATIVITY DEVELOP?

Creativity happens step by step over time. It involves tackling challenges—including being determined and open-minded and by putting forth effort. Parents can foster children’s creativity by providing them with opportunities to work with varied materials and under different conditions.

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.

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