Arts and Culture. I personally believe is of absolute, upmost importance to expose children to culture, arts, entertainment early in their young lives; and most important of all is to instil in them the capacity for creative thinking. Teachers encourage imagination within the classroom through various methods and approaches to the curriculum, as well as experiences with problem solving, the arts and nature. Parents also do well to nurture and develop their children's young growing mind's with activities that allow them to build their understands and expand their wonderings through their five senses; smell, hearing, taste and touch. The more exposed a child is to new experiences that push their thinking, the more imaginative they become and the more ideas they come up with. Open their world to new things. Creativity is learned.
Creativity is important in all realms of human progress as it is what drives big corporations, innovation, entrepreneurs, originality and allows us to generate solutions for real problems affecting people, the environment and so much more. It is the glue that holds our communities together. Beyond enriching our lives in enjoyable ways, creativity holds its value economically as it serves to attract tourism and increase dollars spent in a community.
Parents and caregivers of young minds, must educate and encourage our children to think beyond the tablet, smart phone or T.V for our only source of information and entertainment, we must get them out to explore and experience life first hand and encourage them to ask questions about what they are experiencing. Allow them to make mistakes and, while it can be hard to do so, avoid saving them all the time from failure, perceived danger, or opportunities to get messy. That's how they learn. That's how we all learn.
Writing, dance, music, photography, painting, sports and so much more to expose our children to. If you could find that one thing, the spark that ignites the excitement in your child, a little encouragement and the rest will fall into place. That fire will burn forever. You will have given your child the best gift of all. Creativity. By Linda Macallum