In today's highly competitive world, thinking creatively gives young people a marketable edge, as well as helping them to better manage themselves and their relationships with others. Find out more about how creative thinking enables your kids to perform better academically and socially.
Creative Thinking is the ability to come up with ideas that are unique, useful and worthy of further exploration and elaboration.
It is the skill of looking at problems imaginatively and from new perspectives, to come up with solutions and ideas that may not have been previously considered.
Why is creative thinking important?
Creative Thinking helps us in every aspect of our lives. A society that only produces individuals who can follow and copy the processes and procedures set out by others, will never truly evolve as a society.
Equally, individuals who simply follow what others ask them to do without questioning or without exploring possibilities and options, will rarely go far in life. The ability to think creatively gives young people a marketable edge, as well as helping them to better manage themselves and their relationships with others.
What does a creative thinker look like?
Children are naturally creative. They ask hundreds of questions, and are naturally very open to new ideas. Moreover, young children are mostly quite uninhibited about ‘getting it wrong’ – they are open to experimentation and have a high degree
of perseverance. They enjoy coming up with creative solutions, and pushing the boundaries beyond the usual. It is only as they progress through education systems that penalize them for errors, and that focus on analysis, on finding logical answers, and on figuring out the ‘right’ answer, that often that creativity is lost.
To find out what you can do as a parent to promote Creative Thinking in your child in his or her early years.