Suggestions to improve your kids' creativity?

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Suggestions to improve your kids' creativity?

Postby pattyng » Thu Feb 07, 2013 6:48 pm

Hello! I need some help/suggestions!

All this while, I've been trying to get my child and nephew/nieces to focus on academics, but at the moment I think I want to encourage them to use more of their 'right side' of the brain and improve on their creativity. Any suggestions on what kind of creative activities I could do with them, well besides the usual painting/drawing etc?

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Re: Suggestions to improve your kids' creativity?

Postby slmkhoo » Thu Feb 07, 2013 7:54 pm

Other crafts - clay, fabrics, scrapbooks, using recycled items etc.
Writing - stories, skits, jokes.
Puppet shows - make stick or glove puppets and act out stories.
Music - listening, making, singing.
Dress-ups.

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Re: Suggestions to improve your kids' creativity?

Postby anderaaa » Thu Feb 07, 2013 9:38 pm

I really like the puppet shows idea by simkhoo! encourage designing, narrative writing, imagination and confidence in speaking! Speaking of scrapbooking, I have an idea that I've got by browsing through other sites, why not make a photo book? like, make it a theme, of their journey, collect pictures from when they're born till now, it gives them a view of who they are? you can let them decorate/design/write captions it themselves. If you want to publish it professionally for keeping/memory sake, you can do so with P;log (http://myplog.co/#)/(or visit their Facebook) Browsed through their website, and some of their concepts are really good, you can browse through to get some ideas!

Other than that, you can try googling easy crafty activities, I'm sure there are tons of ideas out there!

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Re: Suggestions to improve your kids' creativity?

Postby pattyng » Fri Feb 08, 2013 10:51 am

Thanks for the suggestions guys!!

Hey slimkhoo, do you know if there's any classes to take for writing? I feel like it will be a good idea for my young ones to explore their writing with other children too so as to build their confidence level.

Hey anderaaa, thanks for the link/share! Have you tried their services, any feedbacks? It does look interesting and fun for the kids to design and unleash their own creativity!

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Re: Suggestions to improve your kids' creativity?

Postby slmkhoo » Fri Feb 08, 2013 1:16 pm

pattyng wrote:Hey slimkhoo, do you know if there's any classes to take for writing? I feel like it will be a good idea for my young ones to explore their writing with other children too so as to build their confidence level.

I have no idea about classes as we have lived overseas most of the time. My kids just did their stuff at home. I don't know how old yours are, but before mine could write, they would draw pictures, then dictate their story to me and I would scribe for them. At first, it might be only 1-2 sentences, but they got more inventive later. We did lots of reading and often their writing would mimic what we read or be inspired by it in some way. Just go with their interests. You could suggest making up fairy tales, or keeping a journal, or writing rhymes/poetry. Sometime they would write a story, make it up into a booklet (just a couple of sheets of folded A4 paper) with illustrations and would give it to the grandparents as a gift. By the time they were in Pr school, one of my daughters made a whole series of little books (doll-sized) for her dolls, and another wrote 'children's magazines' complete with articles, quizzes, etc. Not very high quality, but they had lots of fun.

Just a note: don't be critical of your kids' writing and insist on corrections or things done in a certain way. You can give suggestions but it should be their choice whether to follow. It's the process of creating that's important, not the product.

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Re: Suggestions to improve your kids' creativity?

Postby Han Seo » Fri Feb 08, 2013 1:30 pm

Here are ways to kill a child's creativity by Daniel Goleman, Paul Kaufman and Michael Ray:


1. Surveillance — Hovering over kids, making them feel that they're constantly being watched while they are working . . . under constant observation, the risk-taking, creative urge goes underground and hides.

2. Evaluation — When we constantly make kids worry about how they are doing, they ignore satisfaction with their accomplishments.

3. Rewards — The excessive use of prizes . . . deprives a child of the in trinsic pleasure of creative activity.

4. Competition — Putting kids in a win-lose situation, where only one person can come out on top . . . negates the process [that] children progress at their own rates.

5. Over-control — Constantly telling kid how to do things . . . often leaves children feeling like their originality is a mistake and any exploration a waste of time.

6. Restricting choice — Telling children which activities they should engage in instead of letting them follow where their curiosity and passion lead . . . again restricts active exploration and experimentation that might lead to creative discovery and production.

7. Pressure — Establishing grandiose expectations for a child's performance . . . often ends up instilling aversion for a subject or activity. . . . Unreasonably high expectations often pressure children to perform and conform within strictly prescribed guidelines, and, again, deter experimentation, exploration, and innovation. Grandiose expectations are often beyond children's developmental capabilities.

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Re: Suggestions to improve your kids' creativity?

Postby toddles » Fri Feb 08, 2013 3:52 pm

Free play?

Play for play's sake and not "learning through play" per se?

I find that free play sparks off the imagination best.

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Re: Suggestions to improve your kids' creativity?

Postby slmkhoo » Fri Feb 08, 2013 5:59 pm

toddles wrote:Free play?

Play for play's sake and not "learning through play" per se?

I find that free play sparks off the imagination best.

Except that some kids may need help getting started, especially if they have not experienced free play before. Even for my kids who have a lot of free play time, sometimes I would still get the "I've nothing to do ..." grumbles, so I made a practice of having a few ideas or extra materials up my sleeve, so to speak. My 'rainy day' cabinet had things like art and craft materials, odds and ends (tissue boxes, toilet roll cores, margarine tubs, yogurt cups etc), beads, wool, and I would let them rummage around when needed.

Another good toy is Lego, not the kits intended to build one particular thing, but the boxes of mixed pieces for kids to make anything they like.

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Re: Suggestions to improve your kids' creativity?

Postby em83 » Fri Feb 15, 2013 2:22 pm

I agree with the lego idea! I've never know my son could build tons of different small buildings from his mind to the actual thing! Recently, he showed me his 'small little town'. IS STILL PROUD OF HIM!

And anderaaa, I've heard about p;log, cool concept that they have and something new that I've come across. Am still considering to do one, just the matter about finding time for the whole family hahaha!

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Re: Suggestions to improve your kids' creativity?

Postby toddles » Fri Feb 15, 2013 5:57 pm

slmkhoo wrote:
toddles wrote:Free play?

Play for play's sake and not "learning through play" per se?

I find that free play sparks off the imagination best.

Except that some kids may need help getting started, especially if they have not experienced free play before. Even for my kids who have a lot of free play time, sometimes I would still get the "I've nothing to do ..." grumbles, so I made a practice of having a few ideas or extra materials up my sleeve, so to speak. My 'rainy day' cabinet had things like art and craft materials, odds and ends (tissue boxes, toilet roll cores, margarine tubs, yogurt cups etc), beads, wool, and I would let them rummage around when needed.

Another good toy is Lego, not the kits intended to build one particular thing, but the boxes of mixed pieces for kids to make anything they like.


Ah I guess it depends on the age. the younger ones are quite happy with a kitchen play set... or some paper to cut up...

some props definitely help. I love kenten clay!

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