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Teaching Children to Think Creatively

“I will keep stressing the point about creativity being augmented by routine and habit… a perennial debate… between the beliefs that all creative acts are born of (a) some transcendent, inexplicable Dionysian act of inspiration, a kiss from God on your brow that allows you to give the world The Magic Flute or, (b) hard work… I come down on the side of hard work… Creativity is a habit, and the best creativity is a result of good work habits.”

– Twyla Tharp, The Creative Habit

In the same manner, creativity in any field requires the person to first have comprehensive knowledge – then, the possibilities for combining that knowledge and ideas in new ways are greater.

This ability to explore new ideas and come up with solutions is perhaps the biggest argument in favour of a creative approach to learning. In a world that is evolving rapidly, it is not enough to acquire skills – what is even more critical is an ability to adapt and learn new skills as technology and society changes more rapidly than ever.

Useful resources

  • Growing Up Creative – Nurturing a Lifetime of Creativity by Teresa M. Amabile, Ph.D., 1989 (read our review in Bookworm of this issue)
  • Children Solve Problems by Edward De Bono, 1972
  • Teach your Child How to Think by Edward de Bono, 1994
  • How to Think Like Leonardo Da Vinci : Seven steps to Genius Everyday by Michael J. Gelb, 2000
  • The Mind Map Book: Unlock your Creativity, Boost your Memory, Change your Life by Tony Buzan, Barry Buzan and James Harrison, 2012
  • The Creative Habit: Learn it and Use it for Life by Twyla Tharp and Mark Reiter, 2005
  • Put Your Mother on the Ceiling: Children’s Imagination Games by Richard de Mille, 1955
  • http://www.arvindguptatoys.com/toys.


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