Did you know the Albert Einstein was an artist before he became the famous scientist he was known for? Einstein’s mother was the musician of the family and taught him how to play the piano and the violin. Even though he showed more aptitude towards the piano, he became more interested in the violin from his teenage years. In fact, his second wife, Elsa, fell in love with Einstein because he played Mozart’s sonatas so beautifully on the violin.
And here’s the interesting fact on creativity: Albert Einstein’s theory of relativity was actually a musical thought and had he not gotten to play the violin, he never would have transformed Physics.
The biggest myth about creativity is that it isn’t important and that it can’t be learned. In fact, it is one of the most important skills we can master. Also, many people assume that creativity is an inborn talent that their kids either do or do not have: just as all children are not equally intelligent, all children are not equally creative. But actually, creativity is more skill than inborn talent, and it is a skill parents can help their kids develop. With enhanced creativity, instead of problems we see potential, and instead of challenges we see opportunities.
So, here are some ideas that can help foster creativity in your kids:
1. Break the Rules
- One of the best things we can do for our children is to let them play on their own without any structure, rules, or guidance. Wrestling, making a fort, creating animals out of sticks, figuring out a game with a ball—all these activities help the brain enhance creativity and build new circuits to aid in various social interactions and play.
2. Role Playing
- Role playing is an important part of child development, as it builds confidence, creativity communication, physical development and problem solving. It can be purely child-led, and encourages children to take risks and be creative with the role they are playing. By investing in some themed props and equipment, it’s a fun way for little ones to learn about different professions and day-to- day situations.
3. Back to the old school of Arts & Craft
- One of the best bonding time between parents and kids seems to be during arts and craft sessions. Arts and crafts encourage kids to be creative and innovative, which could further nurture other artistic talents down the line.
4. Learn a musical instrument
- Introducing children to music from an early age can help develop these positive feelings in them and trigger the creativity process. Learning music and making your own musical notes is itself a creative process. You may even groom the next Albert Einstein!
There are many more ideas to how you can spur your kids’ creativity, simple set your own creativity free!