“Creativity is intelligence having fun.”- Albert Einstein
In her book “Primary Art: It’s the Process, Not the Product” author Mary Ann F. Kohl gives us an insight into how activities such as painting and coloring can improve the motor skills of a child. She further goes on to explain that how basic mathematics skills are improved when kids count colors. Moreover, process of creating something new boosts the child’s self-confidence. Being creative, the freedom of making mistakes and learning from them encourages children to discover new ways of learning.
Why we should encourage creativity in children:
1. Career opportunities
“Creativity is just connecting things. When you ask creative people how they did something, they feel a little guilty because they didn’t really do it, the just saw something. It seemed obvious to them after a while” – Steve Jobs
An amazingly accurate description of creativity by one of the most famous out-of-the-box thinkers in the world. In today’s business landscape, where billion dollar tech unicorns are born every week, companies are looking to bring in more creative people to foster innovation and new thinking.
The global businesses are becoming more & more competitive. The recruiting managers are always on a lookout for people who can think creatively and usher-in innovative ideas. A recent survey by CareerBuilder and Robert Half International found that apart from basic job qualities, 21% of the hiring managers give importance to creativity. Creativity is also considered as an essential quality for leadership. A study conducted by IBM Global Business Services in 2010, found that most of the CEOs agree that creativity is the most important criterion for being a successful business leader. Creativity is the future of business.
Thus, the basic message for the parents therefore is to start nurturing creativity in your child from today so that they can have a bright career tomorrow.
2. Better Understanding of the World
A report published in 2013 by Education Scotland, the Executive Agency of the Government of Scotland emphasizes the development of creative skills in children. It mentions that creative skills help a child to understand the world. It helps them to adapt to the changing circumstances or invent new ways to change the circumstances for the betterment of the society. Creative skills enable a child to apply creativity in every situation. In fact, the Scottish Government is actively trying transform education by including activities that foster imagination and creativity in a child.
Nurturing creativity in your child will ultimately help him/her to lead an interesting & most likely a highly successful life. The role of mentors in developing creativity in kids is extremely significant. Until and unless a favorable environment is provided for creative minds to think & ponder, the desired results can never be achieved. Therefore, it is imperative to search for the best tutors who in addition to polishing your child academically also encourages “out of box” thinking. Rote will never help your child in the longer run.