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A vivid imagination and strong problem solving tactics are two essential skills needed by students and young professionals. In order to promote these things for the sake of future success, fostering creativity in children has become more important than ever. 

Most children have some creative skills, but it is the responsibility of parents and educators to help cultivate creativity even further.

Provide Unstructured Time

In this modern era, over-scheduling your children has become fairly common, and while it is certainly beneficial for individuals to be well-rounded, it is more important to allow them time to express themselves in ways that feel natural and productive to them. Allotting some free time in their days will grant them a regular opportunity to participate in a hobby or engage in some other creative pursuit that helps keep their creativity sharp. It is important that the adults in a child’s life make an effort to identify not only the topics that interest the child but also when the child feels most creative and how they can make better use of their creativity.

Encourage Questions

Curiosity and creativity often go hand in hand. Encouraging your children to ask questions whenever they want to know more about a topic can help them enjoy the learning process and also engage their minds in an active, creative way. Whether in a classroom during a lesson or at home reading a book, children who ask questions tend to be more engaged and creative in the long run.

Pursue Passions

When a child expresses an interest in something, it is the duty of the parent, guardian, or educator to help that child pursue their passion. When children are passionate about something, they will be more excited to learn more, making them more receptive to creativity, curiosity, and education in general. Passion also makes it easier for children to be engaged and active. 

Model Creativity

Children, especially those who are young, often learn best through play and modeling. In order to encourage the development of creativity, adults should be keen on developing their own creative skills, as well. Doing so shows the children around them that creativity is worthwhile and exciting. When a child requests an adult’s participation in a creative pursuit (such as painting a picture or building a fort), the more often the adult is agreeable, the better.