Do you agree that inspiring a love of learning is key when raising children? And that creative activities might just be the key to providing children with the tools they need to become lifelong learners? 🤔
Well, you are not alone! 😄 The American Psychological Association (APA) emphasizes the importance of creative activities for children, stating that they can positively impact a child's motivation to learn and their overall engagement with education.
So where do you start? 🌈 This month, we're diving into one of the simplest yet most powerful ways to spark creativity: asking questions! 💡
Try these five questions next time you engage in everyday activities like cooking, gardening, reading, or building with your Follies sets:
1️⃣ How else would you make this? 🤔 Encourage your child to explore an alternative way to complete something that helps them (and you!) focus on the process versus the end result. It's the process that helps us learn new ways to solve problems and inspires creativity.
2️⃣ How would you finish this? 🖌️ Starting from a blank page can be hard for anyone. Help your child overcome creative blocks by asking them how they would complete a given prompt or project. For instance, if they're stuck on a building project, challenge them to envision how they would complete it to transform it into a bustling city.
3️⃣ Have you tried turning this upside down? Inside-out? 🔄 Encourage your child to explore their creations from different perspectives. This question challenges them to think beyond the obvious and consider alternative viewpoints. Turning something upside down or inside-out sparks curiosity and prompts them to examine things from a fresh angle, fostering creativity and flexibility of thought. It's also a great metaphor in perspective and looking at things differently.
4️⃣ 🧑 How would you make this for... your brother/sister/cousin? 👧 Encourage your child to think about others and their unique needs. By asking them to consider making something specifically for their brother, sibling, or friend, you promote empathy, collaboration, and problem-solving. This question encourages them to think about the interests and preferences of others, fostering social skills and a sense of community. Let their creativity shine as they design something special for their loved ones.
5️⃣ What was hard about doing this? 🌟 Facing obstacles is a part of learning. It's also really hard for children (and grown ups, let's face it!) and a muscle to keep working on. Encourage your child to reflect on the challenges they faced during their creative endeavors. How did they tackle those obstacles, and what did they learn from the experience? Another way to ask this would be "That looks hard to do, can you teach me how you did that? how did you overcome all those difficult things?"
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