How to train a child to be creative?

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How to train a child to be creative?

Postby smurf » Thu Apr 23, 2009 10:35 am

My boy is 4.5 year old, I find that he is not creative, but he is very good in copying and following instructions. For example, he doesn't like to play blocks (LEGO), and when he does, he will be building the same things over and over again. He couldn't build new things. For example, if I teach him how to build a robot, he will keep building that and nothing else.

How do I instill creativity in a child? I'm quite skeptical when it comes to those left/right brain training, and unless I see good examples that it works, else, i wouldn't sign up for them.

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Re: How to train a child to be creative?

Postby jedamum » Thu Apr 23, 2009 10:45 am

smurf wrote:How do I instill creativity in a child? I'm quite skeptical when it comes to those left/right brain training, and unless I see good examples that it works, else, i wouldn't sign up for them.

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i guess allowing a lot of freeplay is a form of encouraging creativity.

2 sides to a coin - as to whether you want to encourage the kid to go in the other direction or hone and tap on what the kid's skills/interest lies.
my ds1 is one very inflexible, follow-the-rule boy. not creative (except for the type of excuses he can come up with :P). I can accept that as his character...people like him make better lawenforcers or gahmen servants :wink:

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Postby buds » Thu Apr 23, 2009 10:48 am

Just like daddie...! :love:

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Postby smurf » Thu Apr 23, 2009 11:05 am

Hi jedamum,

I don't buy too many toys for him, so most of the time, he will be playing the same things over again. He has a lot of freeplay time. When he has nothing to play, he will ask to play computer game, and the game he likes ( he doesn't like educational game, not even playhouse disney, tired of them,hahha) are those cooking game, fighting game. We found him playing gun shooting game!

After that, we stop him from playing these game (or should I say, reduce the time of playing game).

Just this morning, plenty of freeplay time right? he just sat there doing nothing.hmm.

I'm worried that in the long term, it wouldn't maximise the potential of learning in him. :(

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Postby foreverj » Tue Apr 28, 2009 5:46 pm

hi smurf

how abt providing lots of free play tools like paintbrushes, toothbrush, sponges, paper for him? ask him to talk abt his painting rather than just ask wat is it? kids love it when their parents sit together with them to do. offer lots of encouragement, some ideas etc may create that spark in your child to try create something for himself! pen/pencil and a notebook for him to scribble is great too. u can play some music and ask him to draw whatever that comes to his mind.

end of day, i find lots of encouragement and love and understanding of your child is critical! :love: it helps greatly if your child sees that creativity in u in daily life too :D

btw, wat do u mean by sit there do nothing? is he daydreaming? that may actually be good, i think, to be able to sit there and daydream about endless possibilities! we all lead such hectic lives its good to sit back once in a while and take stock! 8)

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Postby sunflower » Tue Apr 28, 2009 6:34 pm

smurf wrote:Just this morning, plenty of freeplay time right? he just sat there doing nothing.hmm.

This sounded just like my friend. She mentioned that her childhood was quite boring as most of the time, she got nothing to do and sat at the doorway of her house, looking and doing nothing. :? I was quite puzzled as I was playing all sorts of pretend play all by myself during my childhood days. I think this is just personality difference.

foreverj suggestion is good, ie. to provide all kinds of drawing materials for the child to experiment. You might want to start off and suggest some ideas on what to draw/do to the child and let him continue to explore on his own, instead of dictating what should be done in a step by step manner. For a start, when playing Lego or blocks or anything for that matter, can first ask questions and suggest multiple possible ways of doing things rather than one way. Get him to explore and experiment, guide him at first but slowly let go and lead him to give you possible solutions/combinations/ways of playing. Play dough and doing origami are also good in cultivating creativity.

If your child likes music, maybe can get a cheap keyboard to let him experiment with sounds. Watching Hi-Five may help too, as I find the activities they do are rather creative and he might get some ideas from there. Hope this helps. :D

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Postby smurf » Tue Apr 28, 2009 8:33 pm

hmm, that's what I did when I was young. I played pretend game, such as doctor and patient in clinic, sales assistant in a shop selling clothes and I would bring out those clothes including my mum's and just play.hahah.

sometimes he is not even intersted in what I try to teach him. like sometimes, I would draw on doodle pad, he would do oher things or just refuse to join in.hmm.

he has a keyboard, but he used it as a step to play. :stupid:

now the keyboard is spoilt. :P

I would try origami though, something he likes for now. hahah.

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Postby mintcc » Tue Apr 28, 2009 9:09 pm

may be can get him some stuff like doctor's set and masak masak and play doctor patient or cooking games with him... or pretend to feed the soft toys and stuff...

Origami is good... can play with end products some more...

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Postby sunflower » Tue Apr 28, 2009 9:22 pm

smurf wrote:hmm, that's what I did when I was young. I played pretend game, such as doctor and patient in clinic, sales assistant in a shop selling clothes and I would bring out those clothes including my mum's and just play.hahah.
That's great! Why don't you play pretend games with him? Suggest some scenarios and let him take the lead to choose what he wants to be. Again, Hi-5 has loads of these pretend stuff and after watching, he might just be interested to be a robot/an astronaut/a submarine etc., which can open up to a whole lot of imaginative and creative play.

sometimes he is not even intersted in what I try to teach him. like sometimes, I would draw on doodle pad, he would do oher things or just refuse to join in.hmm.
Perhaps you might not want to think of the activity as "teaching" him as he might sense pressure and resist it. Take it as a fun activity for bonding and again, let him take the lead. However, try to be sensitive to his needs, do not force if he's really not interested...
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Postby foreverj » Thu Apr 30, 2009 4:51 pm

hi agree on the hi-5 shows. i followed kellie by making a shopping list with my daughter and brought her to supermarket to buy the items on the list. she loved it! :love: and i often hear her singing songs she learns from hi-5 and very often, i will sing along too cos the songs r really quite catchy.

making readily available tools and toys is extremely important. they can be very cheap too. playdoh is great - safety scissors, rolling pin, animal cookie-cutters inclusive kept my daughter busy when she was stuck home with me due to sickness. and how abt some water play by just taking a tub and a few containers and filling it with water? u can even have sand play by getting sand from the nurseries :)

u see, it's an attitude. if a child loves to play and have fun, he will love to occupy his time with the things above. but beware, parents must prepare to invest the time and the willingness to clean up the mess! :D

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