We are so excited to be taking part in the second annual School’s Out blog hop. Bloggers are sharing their top 10 learning activities to keep your child’s mind active this summer. We are sharing our Top 10 Ways to Encourage Creative Thinking.
Why is creative thinking important?
Creative thinking skills help develop intrinsic motivation and help your child become a life long learner. Children should be given the opportunity to seek out new experiences and experiment with new ideas (with adult supervision and support). They should be taught to ask questions and investigate to help develop critical thinking and problem solving skills.
What can I do to help my child?
1. Ask open ended questions. Ask questions that require more than a yes or no answer. “How else could we do this…?” , “What would happen if…” , “What might we add or change”?, “What should we do next”? Click here to read our popular post on “10 Questions to Ask Your Child About their Art”.
2. Offer Choices. Help your child learn to be independent by making their own decisions. Be sure you are okay with either choice your are offering but allow your child to chose and make the final decision.
3. Incorporate creativity. Try incorporating creativity into every day experiences. For example, if you are going out to eat at a resturant take along some paper and crayons and draw together as a family. Have one person start a drawing and the next person must add to it.
4. Dramatic play. Allow time for dramatic or imaginative play. Have your child act like their favorite animal. Try adding an emotion to the animal like a happy cat or sad turtle to change it up.
5. Be an Inventor. Turn a household object into something else. Ask your child “what else could this be used as”? Challenge your child to create new and unusual or uncoventional uses for the object.
6. Allow Mistakes. Use mistakes as opporuntities to learn rather than view them as something unsuccessful.
7. Play Music. Use your bodies to create a rhythm and make up a dance to go with the rhythm.
8. Read Poetry. Change up your reading habits but mixing in poetry during reading time. Stop part way through reading the poem and ask your child what they think happens next.
9. Draw more. Drawing is one of the first ways a child communicates their feelings before learning to read or write. Ask your child to tell a story that goes along with their drawing or give it a creative title.
10. Stretch their knowledge. Support your child’s interests. Take what they love a step further. Look up new books at the local library or use online resources to gain new knowledge. Be sure to use positive comments and open ended questions to stretch their thinking.
These are a few ways you can help develop your child’s creative thinking or problem solving skills.
What would you add to this list?
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