From an early age, children express themselves in creative ways. Pablo Picasso said, “Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.” With a little guidance from you, your children will learn how to keep their inner artist.
Did you know that a boost in creativity will naturally flow into a boost in memory and improved writing skills? Creativity clears the mind and opens it to a world of possibility.
Providing a Creative Space
Tsh, podcaster, and blogger at The Art of Simple, shares 6 ways to encourage creativity in your kids. Each of her suggestions centers around making creativity accessible. Have a designated place fully stocked with supplies and learn to embrace their messy randomness. Surprise them often with new craft materials, stickers, beads, pens, and paints. And don’t be afraid to get messy with them.
One of the best ways to boost your child’s creativity is to model it in your own life. Use creative outlets often in response to your daily stresses and anxiety. Improving Your Everyday Life Through Art Therapy Paint, Sculpt, or Color Your Way to Relaxation has some great activities you can invite your children to do with you.
Make creation a family affair.
When children are given space to explore their own creativity they become better problem solvers and more engaged with the world around them. Boosting creativity is a gift you can give your child as you prepare them to enter the world on their own.
Creativity leads to increased long-term memory. Neuroscience and cognitive science research correlate creativity with intelligence. It’s called higher-process thinking and it’s a buzz word in education.
Creativity impacts the brain in several ways, making it healthier and stronger. A boost in creativity leads to a boost in memory.
You can give their memories an even bigger boost with the following tools.
Teach your children guided meditations to increase their attention and concentration. Meditation calms them and allows for more plentiful rest. Focus and rest both lead to a boost in memory. Consider Finding Mindful Moments at the End of Each Day and fostering a deeper sense of self-awareness within your child.
Model mindfulness. There are many different ways to practice mindfulness. By modeling them for your child every day, you are showing them the importance of being present. When your attention is more focused your memory will improve as well.
Stress is one of the greatest hindrances to memory. By teaching your child healthy ways to de-stress you are setting them up for a healthier fuller life.
Make it personal. Children are more likely to care about information if it is personal and/or relational. Help them remember important facts through storytelling. Tell stories of your own childhood to engage them or ask them to help you make up a story to illustrate what they are trying to save to memory.
Music is another great tool for memory. Cheri Lucas, with PBS, shares activities that Boost Memory and Learning with Music. Different types of music have different effects on the mind. Be proactive in choosing which music style fits the activity for optimal memory boost.
Fostering a creative environment filled with music, mindfulness, and healthy coping strategies will improve your child’s memory (and added a bonus, yours too).
If you are looking to increase your child’s writing skills, a boost in creativity and enhanced memory will do just that. Writing, in turn, will also boost creativity and memory. The three interlink.
Encourage your child to write as a creative outlet for processing the world around. Guide your child in activities that will help them write out their thoughts and describe their environment. Here are a few ideas to get started:
Write a letter to a loved one sharing an event of the day. When details are made a personal and relational memory is boosted.
Pass stories back and forth. Start with the first sentence and then let your child fill in the next. The entire family can get involved creating a short story. Make writing fun and a creative outlet, not a chore.
Create a gratitude journal where you each write down 2 or 3 things that you are grateful for today. Gratitude boosts creativity. It helps your child remember more vividly, problem solves, engage fully with their environment, and try new things.
Play word games. There are many educational board games, like Spinergy, that encourage creativity and writing.
Read to your child. Go to the library and discover books they want to read. Read aloud together. When we read we become little sponges, picking up new ideas along the way.
Don’t get bogged down by perfection. Your child’s ideas need encouragement. The grammar and spelling will come with time.
Sit back and enjoy watching your child’s mind explore. Don’t let the rules of writing hold them back. Foster a love for the creative process and your child’s writing skills will naturally improve over time.
Your Child is Extraordinary
Know that at the end of the day your child is uniquely yours. Your efforts and example are making a difference. The unconditional love and encouragement you provide are freeing your child to explore creatively, to capture memories, and to express themselves freely.
Remember, modeling all the above and invite your child to participate with you is the best way to boost your child’s creativity, memory, and writing skills. Be the example!