Cultivating creativity through creative activity
Creativity starts to develop around school-age children. At that time, creativity begins to manifest in the child through diverse experiences such as playing games, playing music, drawing, sports and more. At school age the child begins to understand and read graphic signs, i.e. symbolic language (the child recognizes a sign like a letter or other graphic sign, and attributes meaning to it)
In the world we live in today, while children and adults spend hours and hours in front of screens, it is necessary to balance this passive viewing by cultivating creativity.
How to start?
In order to develop creativity among children, they must have a rich and diverse environment in so they could thrive and flourish!
In order to encourage creative activity in children, they should have a wide variety of drawing, building and creative materials.
For example: Lego parts, paper and cardboard, fabrics, beads, pens and markers, various adhesives and also materials from nature such as stones, leaves, sand etc. The richer the variety of materials, the more creative projects and ventures will be created!
It is important to encourage children to experiment with different creative activities, especially if there are activities that children avoid because of a particular difficulty.
If difficulty is found – for example in cutting with scissors, holding markers or being able to be precise – it is worthwhile to find activities that will work on the fine motor skills* of the children
Our brain develops as we learn to perform new activities – and this is true at any age!
Keep in mind: The creation process is much more important than the final outcome!
Of course, we all want to succeed when we are working on a creative project! We all – children and adults alike – have a natural tendency to want an immediate result.
But the processes of dealing with the difficulty, the search for several solutions, the trial and error experience, the concentration in doing – these are wonderful skills that we develop while creating or building!
Remember! The creative process takes time, and time must be allowed – hours, days or even weeks!
End of process
The greater the effort, the challenge and the time invested – the greater the feeling of success, the sense of achievement and self-efficacy and confidence!
Once our project is finally ready, the last and most important thing in the process is post-observation.
It is basically a reflection on the creative process, and can be performed at any age.
Asking questions like – What was difficult for me? What went easily for me? What did I find out about myself in the process? Reflection allows us to take a step back, examine and reflect on the process we went through, and gain deep insights about ourselves.
PaperCat booklets and construction kits cultivate many skills in the creative process.
It starts with following the illustrated instructions in the comics, carefully removing the elements for assembly, cultivating fine motor skills by assembling, folding and gluing operations that develop the abilities of accuracy and concentration.
Visit the store to be impressed by our range of kits and booklets here.
Our art pdf pages, which can be found at our website on the Printables page, are also a great idea for creative activity which cultivates creativity with tons of fun! Enjoyment is guaranteed!
It starts with painting the figures, cutting the parts with scissors, easy gluing and assembly. And of course, you can play great imaginative games with them!
Have a wonderful creative experience!
* You can read more about the importance of fine motor skills in an article we published on our blog here.