Few things go hand in hand like childhood and imagination. From the time kids can articulate what they’re thinking, they start spouting off a whole host of fantastical ideas, from talking teddy bears to superheroes who ride shooting stars to the moon.
Even so, we often think about creativity and the activities that promote it—music, art, etc.—as being unimportant or even optional. But the importance of promoting creativity in children cannot be overstated.
It Promotes Spatial Awareness
On a very practical level, when children are very young, they are still building their awareness of the world around them. And while most children pick up on the idea of physical space and the world around them, for some, these ideas come more slowly.
But many creative activities can help children build these skills. For example, turning on music and letting kids dance around the room helps them build an awareness of their bodies and how they move through space. Even visual arts can help build these cognitive functions, especially considering how color stimulus can influence a child’s development.
It Develops Problem-Solving Skills
But creativity is more than learning how to create something. Creativity is all about developing the ability to come up with ideas, make connections, and see possibilities.
While this can help kids come up with a fun new dance move or a pretty drawing, this can also help them in their everyday lives. A child who is encouraged to explore new possibilities in their classrooms or on the playground will be more adept at coming up with new ideas to solve basic problems.
It Fosters Self-Reflection
One of the hallmarks of games and projects that focus on creativity is the idea of self-expression. When you use your imagination, you are exploring your inner world, which allows you to be more in touch with your thoughts and feelings. And for a child, this can be a valuable tool in learning to be aware of their emotions and regulate them.
The importance of promoting creativity in children is immeasurable. Promoting creativity can look like your kids becoming more aware of the world around them, learning to solve problems in their everyday lives, or reflecting on their own hearts. So when we give kids the chance to draw, sing, or play, we aren’t just giving them entertainment. We’re helping them grow.