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C for Creativity

“Great things are not accomplished by those who yield to trends and fads and popular opinion”
– Jack Kerouac
The concept:

According to the dictionary, Creativity means “the use of imagination or original ideas to create something.”

Creativity also is non-conformance to the established and curiosity to discover something different. Looking outside a paradigm and bringing in the facts and perspectives from this new to the original paradigm would also be considered creativity. In simpler terms, thinking out of the box and doing something new leads to the creative outflow.

Creativity has its roots grounded firmly on the values of curiosity & risk-taking and kids are wired naturally to excel in these two. Refer to those innumerable times when you were asked questions ranging from wheels in the cars to the stars in the sky, from butterflies on the flowers to the dump truck on the road. So in that case fostering creativity is not a tough nut to break. Aha, and think again. With our understanding of what is right and what is not, societal norms, peer pressure, & judgments; it is very ambitious to remain mindful of not stepping onto the child’s creative instincts.

So when I had this as a theme of discussion with my kids the other night, some interesting analogies popped up…

The story:

The Toy Story: “The whole concept of the film is fantastic and creative” quotes V (my 6-year-old). Breaking away from the preset of toys are non-living playthings, the director created a whole new world of emotions in them. The story encompasses feelings & affiliation that the toys develop with Andy, the little boy.

The Toy Story

The Sugar Rush:  My 11-year-old daughter is a big “Sugar Rush” enthusiast. A reality TV show, this is about baking awesome cakes. From choosing a creative theme to using creative tools & techniques to building creative cakes – it’s all about creativity.

Few tips to foster creativity in kids:
  • Encourage Free Play in kids. The play time without any specific instructions and rules can really fire kids’ imagination and lead to creative juices flowing. Just sit back and enjoy the flight of fantasy with kids when they are in their creative mode.
  • Encourage them to express themselves with colors & art. Want some inspiration, watch the Art Video here.
  • Allow them to take time every day and help them in identifying and pursuing their interests
  • Cultivate creative thinking by using what-if questions, you would rather do games, board games that encourage creativity in kids
  • Lastly, do not discourage or penalize kids from asking questions, trying out new things & making mistakes.

Happy parenting!

 

 

 

 

 

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20 comments

Vartika April 2, 2019 at 10:11 pm

Wonderful post. I love tips you have shared. Free play really helps. I have noticed when I let go my twin toddlers, away from the gadgets and any specific toys, they come up with something interesting and innovative on their own.

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singhal.kushal@gmail.com April 3, 2019 at 9:07 am

Thank you Vartika. Really glad that my writing resonates with you on some level. And you have twin toddlers, so good to know this. Life is fun…Much Love!!

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Sonia Chatterjee April 3, 2019 at 3:47 am

Creativity is something that needs to be nurtured in every kid. Your posts have a beautiful way of showing how to go about it. Enjoyed reading.

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singhal.kushal@gmail.com April 3, 2019 at 9:07 am

Thank You Sonia… #Gratitude

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Suhasini April 3, 2019 at 5:42 am

I have to introduce the Netflix Sugar Rush to my kid as he loves baking

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singhal.kushal@gmail.com April 3, 2019 at 9:08 am

Oh yes, Pl do try that, My daughter is also a food enthusiast and she loves watching this. 🙂

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anupriya April 3, 2019 at 5:57 am

I am a fan of your writings. they are so relevant and to the point. And yes, I must be the biggest advocate of free play among kids. Today with so many structured toys, and activity kits, free play has suffered a set back.

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singhal.kushal@gmail.com April 3, 2019 at 9:09 am

Hi Anupriya, A big hug… I love your blog too…And somewhere down the lane our mission is quite similar… Glad we crossed paths…

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Shubhra Rastogi April 3, 2019 at 6:31 am

It is true that creativity helps the child to blossom. A free play is really helpful and whenever I watch my daughter indulge in some creative work I truly enjoy seeing her.

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singhal.kushal@gmail.com April 3, 2019 at 9:11 am

Absolutely Shubhra, Nothing gives us moms more joy than seeing our kids expressing their creativity freely and without the fears of judgments. I love my kids doing creative things too…

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Abhijit April 3, 2019 at 7:25 am

It is wonderful that you are encouraging your kids to take risk and break the mould at such an early age. One can make a difference in life, no matter in what sphere one works, only if they can think differently.

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singhal.kushal@gmail.com April 3, 2019 at 9:12 am

Absolutely Sir, I agree, And thank you for validating my viewpoints. Coming from you, who carries so much of on-ground experience with life, I am now more confident of my journey of parenting. Thank you again for all your encouragement!

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Rashi Roy April 3, 2019 at 8:05 am

I loved toy story (maybe because I believe in the concept 😛) Loved reading it.

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singhal.kushal@gmail.com April 3, 2019 at 9:14 am

Haha, Same here… this one has a special place in my heart too. Very fascinating it is…The Toy Story. Thanks for your encouragement Rashi.

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Puspanjalee Das Dutta April 3, 2019 at 10:16 am

My son loves crafts and his toys. Our house has become a large craft gallery nowadays but still, it’s such a joy to watch him develop his creativity

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singhal.kushal@gmail.com April 14, 2019 at 10:44 am

Nice! Thanks for stopping by Puspanjalee…

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Noor Anand Chawla April 3, 2019 at 1:30 pm

Loved your tips at the end! Toy Story is a personal favourite of mine, and I can’t wait to watch it with my son, once he’s slightly older 🙂

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singhal.kushal@gmail.com April 14, 2019 at 10:45 am

Yes… It would be a delight to watch these Disney classics with him…Wait on Mamma…!

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Siddhi April 3, 2019 at 6:48 pm

Baby TV has some amazing shows that boost creativity. I usually find my baby hooked to that channel.

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singhal.kushal@gmail.com April 14, 2019 at 10:46 am

Yes, I agree, even Cbeebee from BBC network… I used to love watching that too with my little one.

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