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, when children and adults spend hours and hours in front of screens, it is necessary to balance the passive viewing by cultivating creativity.
How to start?
Children 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.
The richer the variety of materials, the more creative projects and ventures will be created!
It is important to encourage children to experiment with diverse creative activities. Especially if they avoid activities because of a particular difficulty.
If difficulty is found – for example in cutting with scissors, 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.
Nevertheless, we develop wonderful skills while creating or building! The skills are reflected in varies ways. For instance, the process of dealing with the difficulty. While dealing with difficulty we search for several solutions. We also experience trial and error.
Remember! The creative process takes time, and time must be allowed – hours, days or even weeks!
End of process
The greater the effort, challenge and time invested – the greater the feeling of success, the sense of achievement and self-efficacy and confidence!
Once our project is finally ready, the 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:
- 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 printables art pages are also 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.