Children and Creativity

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What do highly creative children look like, and how do we create environments that nurture that creativity in children?

The following pages have to do with identifying children who are creative and trying to nurture and maintain those wonderful creative spirits.

As children can be creative in contexts, you may also be interested in these pages as well

I think we are rather conflicted in our attitudes about child rearing, at least in the U.S.. We give lip-service to wanting children who are bright, and inventive, and creative but then do everything to take that out of them. I am not saying that children do not need rules and structure. What I am saying is that parenting and schooling needs to find some sense of balanced. Adults learn to compartmentalize their lives and adopt socially acceptable behaviors when needed. Children need to learn the same thing.

BUT know this, creativity, by its very nature, is often messy and noisy and adults need to learn to expect that and make allowances, just as children need to learn how to clean up their messes. The linked pages in this area have many resources both for understanding creativity in children, as well as books for creative children. Spend some time checking them out.