Preschoolers are innately and beautifully curious but creativity is not just a natural talent, it’s a skill that can be fostered and developed in the classroom!
In part one, we addressed creativity in the classroom and how to cultivate an environment that challenges preschoolers to be creative including changing what isn’t working, embracing alternatives, and improvisation — don’t miss out and read it here.
Creativity is an important part of our preschool program at Community Education Research Group — not only do we follow DC’s Common Core Standards but we do it while fostering creativity in our kids! Learn more about tangible ways you can do to develop creativity at home or in the classroom!
Prioritize Creativity in Your Classroom!
As we touched on earlier, creativity is a developed skill, even though kids have an amazing knack for it, so it’s important to help nurture it to help foster preschoolers who are multi-faceted. Read more about what you can do below.
Provide preschoolers with an outlet.
Unstructured play is a great way to cultivate and nurture creativity in preschoolers. It’s giving them time to be with the others and letting their imaginations run wild free from the constraints or rigid instruction from an adult.
A safe space — like a classroom — is also a great place for them to explore their creativity. Allow them space to get a little messy during play such as dress-up or art — this helps to liberate them and create a safe space to explore their creativity.
Make your classroom one big, exciting place to explore creativity.
This can be through physical things in your classrooms like building blocks or different art mediums, but it can also be in teaching moments. Creativity speak is more about generating new ideas rather than evaluating them.
For examples, you can engage your kids in upcoming activities and ask them what they what to learn about, and encourage them to generate topics they’ve never studied.
It’s also important to celebrate their creativity and the innovation of others. Talk about artists who have pushed the envelope or scientists that are making current breakthroughs.
You can also talk about a new band that you love or about technological advances throughout the last decade. Then center the conversation around music they love or how technology influences their lives.
It can be easy for teachers, adults, and caregivers to settle into their roles and become a little overbearing which kids can internalize as fear or that they’re not in a safe space. Create a space where they feel a sense of autonomy and can explore their creativity.
When kids are taught to color within the lines or fit within a box, it can diminish their resilience in thinking. It has been documented that even when kids are shown how to do a task, it decreases their creativity!
There are many ways to nurture and develop creativity in kids, the above ideas are considerations to help get the wheels turning!
Here’s to creativity!
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