Ways to foster creativity in children

Young child playing at ease in a squatting pos...
Young child playing at ease in a squatting position (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

As a behavioral therapist, I have worked with kids of varying developmental and mental abilities. And after ten years in the field, I still challenge myself to find news ways to foster creativity. Creativity tends to reveal itself most prominently in arts and music, but often in much simpler ways as well. Anytime a child is required to problem solve, come up with a unique idea, or think outside the box, creativity is the driving force at hand. Here are four ways to help develop a child’s creative abilities..

Spend Time at the Bookstore

The bookstore is one of the best places to foster creativity in children. You don’t even have to go with an agenda; just give them browsing time and see what they gravitate towards. The books they choose may surprise you, but that’s the whole point! Being exposed to new ideas and subject matter might just spark something. And don’t get discouraged if your child loses interest in some books quickly – that’s part of the process. And besides, there are plenty of worse things they could be doing than reading. Continue reading “Ways to foster creativity in children”