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International Dot Day: 5 ways parents can make kids creative

An effective way to inculcate creative thinking in your kid is by exposing him or her to creative spaces.

Children should be encouraged to engage in creative activities. (Source: Getty Images)

Here are some ways you can boost your child’s creativity.

International Dot Day began to be observed after a teacher named Terry Shay introduced his class to the book The Dot by Peter H Reynolds on September 15, 2009. The book revolves around the idea of allowing a girl to trust her abilities and begin a journey of self-discovery. Since then, the day is celebrated to encourage creativity, courage and collaboration among children. Giving the freedom to create and express will ensure a child’s mental growth and development. On this occasion, we bring some tips on how parents can help their children become creative.

Cultivate creative thinking

An effective way to inculcate creative thinking in your kid is by exposing him or her to creative spaces. Parents can take their child to visit museums, libraries and galleries, to name a few. At home, let your child express his thoughts and ideas on a blank sheet of paper. Introduce him or her to colouring books, illustrated comic books, and interactive games that help hone creativity.

Avoid managing

To boost creativity in a child, parents need to abstain from constantly managing their kid’s activities. Let your child decide what he or she wants to paint, draw or build. Parents need to avoid imposing their interpretation of things on the kid or correcting “mistakes” too much or it might obstruct his or her creative ability.

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Help your kid pursue passions

Kids shouldn’t be forced to pursue a particular activity against their will but should be exposed to various forms of arts. Parents need to identify the activities their child takes more interest in and then provide the necessary resources for the same.

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Participate in your kid’s creative activities

The participation of parents in their kid’s activities can also boost interest in creativity. Join your child in painting or drawing. This form of fun-learning will not only foster the child’s growth but will also provide an opportunity for the family to bond.

Focus on the process and not on the end-product

It is the process of creation that will help your child learn. Every piece of art need not be perfect. Allow your child to make creative decisions, no matter how bizarre they may seem to you because that’s what will prompt him or her to think out of the box.