Championing your child’s creativity is one of the great joys of parenting. Open lots of doors. Let them experiment with every facet of “the arts.” If you see a spark, invest a bit of your own time, energy, and cash. Also, don’t be surprised or feel out of the loop if they explore some avenues on their own.
But the most important moment — perhaps a critical turning point —in their artistic development comes when your son or daughter invites you to comment on something they have created or a piece of creative work they appreciate. How you respond is critical.
Take it in. Listen to the entire song. Examine the fabric. Look at the sculpture from all sides. Ask for time to read the entire article, script, novel or short story. Then come back in a reasonable amount of time and use the 80/20 rule. After delivering four encouraging comments, you have earned the right to make one gentle suggestion.
Especially if you are critiquing the work of a young artist, err on the side of positivity and grace.
Creative, how? Music, art, building, creating stories? Lots of different ways to be creative. Depending on his area of interest, and age appropriateness, I’d take him to local art shows in parks, museums to see specific exhibits, concerts, any local events in the arts. If you live in or near a large city, they usually have programs designed just for kids. In Atlanta, the have the Theater for Puppetry Arts and lots of classes for budding artists. They have the High Museum of Art, and Emory University has a museum as well. Most orchestras have kids’ performances where they teach them about all the different instruments.
I’d call around to local colleges and university departments to ask if they have any weekend, after school, or summer programs. Talk to the librarian at your area’s main library. They’re usually a wealth of info. Talk to the art and music teacher at your child’s school, or other schools in the area that may have advanced departments and programs. Get online and search for “Things to do” in your location, specifically looking for those geared for kids. Grocery stores and other local gathering places, like coffee shops, often have posters of upcoming events posted. Music stores, art supply shops, and book stores, especially the mom & pop ones, are good resources often giving classes or workshops.
Finally, talk to those people to see what ideas they have for enriching children in their disciplines. Those will be the best resources for your needs. Good luck!
What age is he?
Finding novel ways to stick his fruit yoghurt over his face?
Arranging blocks in clever symmetrical patterns?
Writing clever prose or producing unusually impressive artwork for his age?
I think all children are creative, and given appreciation, encouragement and materials they should blossom.
Just don’t stick them down in front of the TV or laptop as a substitute for real engagement.
All children are creative. The fact that you have acknowledged it, probably is the best thing you are doing. I believe that a child can develop creativity with anything, such as cardboard boxes, etc. Instead of specific activities, I would encourage to have a stimulating environment , with accessible materials to express his creativity, such as paper, pencils, etc . Probably you can think about toys to build things such as Lego, Meccano, etc.
I would advise to always praise his creativity (even if you think the product is not good), encourage him to try different things, have things he/she can play with (instead of being too much time on TV, etc.), have time to talk to him/her and to ask appropriate questions that will make him/her think.
It is important to promote him doing things he/she enjoys. Find out what are his/her interests and provide books (or reading materials from internet you can print), encourage him/her to continue doing what he/she enjoys, to create things, and take pictures of them. Maybe you could build together a portfolio with pictures about the activities he/she enjoys doing, the products of his/her creativity, etc.
It is important to realise that many children stop doing creative things when they grow. What you want is to ensure this doesn’t happen. Ensure that regardless of school commitments, homework, help at home, etc. he/she always have the opportunities to continue enjoying doing things. You can also share with him/her the things you are passionate about and do things with him/her appropriate to his/her age. At the same time think about many different type of activities he/she can do, ie, help with diy, repairs, painting the home, etc.
My grandson is very creative and his first talent was drawing. He loved drawing skyscrapers and different buildings. Then I bought him a Knex building set of a rollercoaster and he had it finished in one night when it should have taken days. So, after that a 6ft ferriswheel, giant rollercoaster and grandfather clock. He was mesmerized with it and learned so much how things work for many of these have motors too. But there are many different building toys such as legos and erector set but he liked knex and how he could change the design. So start with drawing, getting a building set, etc. Introduce him to music. My grandson excelled in piano too. Plays by ear as many creative people do. You have many delightful years ahead of you watching your creative child change his world with your help. Please I introduce him to all you can. Take him to museums and when you can, travel. Don’t let him spend all his time playing games on tv with that brilliant mind.
Let your child show you. If they have talent for anything that the local Parks system has classes in, let them try. Enlist your friends and family too. Check with their school. Check with other parents. Direct your friends and family to gear gifts through the year towards your child’s interest. But be sure, all along the way, that the child is STILL interested. No telling them that YOU have invested too much money or time for them to switch interests. Invest only as much as your child stays intrested.