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Teaching Children to Think Creatively

Creativity Boosters

Create a mind map: A mind map is a great way to connect ideas and look for innovative answers to questions. Create a mind map by writing down a central topic or word. Link related terms or ideas around the central word. While similar to brainstorming, this technique allows for branching ideas and offers a very visual way of seeing how these ideas are linked.

Be willing to take risks : When it comes to building your creative skills, you need to be willing to take risks in order to advance your abilities. While your efforts may not lead to success every time, you will still be boosting your creative talents and building skills that will serve you well in the future.

Listen to music: Albert Einstein said he owes his creativity to listening to Mozart. Certain songs and compositions allow the brain to be more creative and function better. Certain frequencies have a positive effect on increasing the brain’s performance and resourcefulness. Researchers call them Binaural Beats and Isochoric Tones.

Expand your horizons: Doing everyday tasks differently also contributes to increased levels of creativity. Getting up on the other side of the bed, brushing your teeth with another hand, reading a magazine that one wouldn’t normally read all are considered to be effective in fostering innovation.

Go Blue: Studies have shown that the colour blue has a positive effect on creativity. Associated in our minds with the sky and ocean, most people subconsciously equate blue with openness, peace and tranquillity. According to UBC researcher Zhu, “the benign cues [of blue] make people feel safe about being creative and exploratory.”

Many parents also choose to enrol their children in creativity workshops. Outside the classroom, typically during the long summer vacations, the innumerable ‘summer camps’ that spring up in May, June and July offer to teach everything from storytelling to music to mathematics. The aim is to learn a new skill, to encourage divergent thinking, to get a new perspective, and to refresh and reinvigorate the mind and spirit.

At Club Hatch, one such workshop in Bangalore, children ‘narrate’ their stories using shadows, theatre, and puppets to portray the interaction between reality and fantasy. Arzu Mistry, one of the workshop facilitators, sees a lot of value in such camps. “What we do in these workshops isto encourage children to break free from their set patterns of thinking. We throw open the doors to a world of possibilities.” By using techniques such as free association (following a trail of thought), zoom in (provide details to a story), zoom out (focus on the theme not the details) and exaggeration (emotions of characters), she helps children think differently.


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