Tuesday, March 1, 2011

The Nature of Creativity

Don't ask me where these ideas come from.Some little voice in my head works overtime when it comes to fostering creativity in your life and in your classroom. As I have previously written, awareness is always the first step to anything important. So, I believe then that the nature of being creative is to notice. To ask questions. To see something in a different way. To be flexible and understanding of mistakes because to be creative is to know that there are no mistakes.When you encourage creativity you  bring to light the relationships and patterns that exist in everyday occurrences and explore them. There is no right way or wrong way but instead many possibilities to a problem or to seeking a solution. In nurturing your own creativity pay attention to your intuitions or gut reactions, these can guide you to seeing a way through to an outcome.It is surprising how natural this can be for young children. When given the opportunity a child can offer endless possibilities to exploration. It's only when restrictions are placed on the young mind that creativity becomes less natural, more programed and formulated. How can we celebrate and encourage creativity?There are many ways but the easiest is to start with conversation. Bring questions to your class and pose scenarios that get your children thinking. Offer new materials to work with and give the children freedom to explore and adapt the materials in  new and innovative ways.
Children have an endless well of creative energy. It shows up in the whimsical lyrics they sing, their imaginative play, and in their innate ability to make something out of anything. Because they don't worry over what anyone else will think, they are free to live an authentic life that reflects their unique style. The challenge for all of us is to remain open and to seek ways in which we use our creative abilities. Whether it is simply through conversation or through observing a child absorbed in the process. The possibilities are endless!


  1. Ah, if only more grown-ups could create without the shouldofs, wouldofs, couldofs of adulthood, but freely and joyously as a child armed with a box of scraps, a jar of glitter and a tub of paste!