A Family's Role in Developing Creativity at Home
Many experts believe that families of creative children enjoy spending time being directly and actively involved in the fantasy play and the creative efforts of children. In many ways we believe that caregivers of creative children are childlike themselves. Ellermeyer (1993) reminds us that "parents can directly influence the development of creativity in their children by promoting fantasy in play and curiosity in the early childhood years. Parents of creative preschoolers are generally conceptually abstract thinkers, patient, flexible, open-minded, insightful, and afford their children a high degree of independence." The following environments are conducive to the development and nurturance of creativity of young children:
- provide many possibilities for cooperative role-play that children can change at their whim
- encourage children to create games with spontaneity, without family interference
- always have materials and items available for children to engage in "secretive" play, such as a blanket thrown over an old card table
- provide toys that promote creativity by allowing children to explore and discover, such as hard wooden blocks
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