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Inculcating Creative Intelligence in Children

Inculcating Creative Intelligence in Children

Admin November 22, 2021

Creative Intelligence can be defined as the ability to solve problems in unique ways. Imagine you are travelling in your car when the car breaks down and your mobile phone battery also runs out at the same time. How are you going to get out of the situation? This is the kind of situation that calls for creative intelligence. You might even be coming up with ideas on how to get out of the situation right as you are reading this article.


That shows that creative intelligence is an intrinsic rather than a learnt skill. When nurtured correctly from childhood, children learn to harness their creativity to solve problems in unique ways.


As children, we pick up concepts through patterns, pictures, sounds, smells, observation and imitation. For example, children never have to be taught to speak their mother tongue. They pick it up by listening, associating and imitating the adults around them. Children don’t even understand the grammar of the language they speak but within a couple of years they start speaking the language almost free of errors. It is even possible for children to pick up reading by association if they are told the same stories regularly from picture books. This means that even if they can’t pick out individual words or letters in the story, they can associate the pictures with the words and know what the set of words mean.


This is an example of building blocks of creativity.


How to nurture creative intelligence in children?


Creativity is not what we think of as soon as we hear the word creativity. Usually when we say our child is “creative”, we mean they are good at art or drawing or painting. However, creativity also includes music, writing, movement, thinking, craft, design and even speaking.

So, what are the best ways to nurture creativity in children?


  • Always welcome Questions:


Curiosity is natural to every animal as it is to humans. This is truer in case of children who are seeing the world through fresh eyes. They are exploring everything and everything is subject to their questions and curiosity. Make sure you are not stifling their curiosity by reacting negatively to their questions, however regular or persistent. Many things we take for granted are new to them and it is only natural that they pose those questions to you. So, even if it is not the best time to sit down and explain to them, make sure you assure them that you will answer them and make sure you keep your word. Always encourage questions enthusiastically.


The kind of questions your child asks could offer a clue as to the direction of their creativity. Encourage more creative exploration and thinking in them by asking leading questions like “how did you think of that?”, “how could we do this differently?”, “why did you do it like that?”, “what is easy for you?”, “what is hard for you?”. These are questions that help you to understand your child’s inner voice, thinking pattern and their mind.


  • Make a Creative Zone: 


A creative zone is a space in your house where your child can unleash their creativity. Maybe a chalked-up wall for them to write / draw / plan / design. It could be filled with books, art supplies, writing material, craft material and even building blocks. You can add musical instruments and maybe even create a creative time zone when they are free to make a din if they like. Keep your furniture and floor protected if required, but make sure your child does not face repercussions for being creative or even creatively naughty in that creative time zone or creative zone.


  • Role Play and Act: 


Children love role playing. This is how they imitate elders and learn social skills early on in life. To make it fun, plan for a day once or twice a month where the whole family dresses up and plans an act together or in teams. Make sure your child is giving inputs on the plans, the act, the dresses or even accessories as appropriate. Make them a part of the planning and dressing up and see their creativity open up.


  • Nurture your own creativity: 


Children don’t learn what you tell them, they learn from what you do. So, if you want your children to think creatively, practice nurturing your own creativity. When they see you happy and engaged in creative activities, it makes them want to explore something similar for themselves in which they can immerse themselves.

Let them join your creative pursuits and even give them their own tools if required. For example, you could set up a small easel for them if your hobby is painting. You could add a kid’s section in your reading library if you like reading.


There is no fixed recipe for creativity. It is important to keep oneself open minded, to keep nurturing and to adjust and embrace the result. The most important aspect to bring out a person’s innate quality and skill of creative intelligence is to encourage creativity without trying to impose any one type of creative pursuit on the child.


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