“Creativity is as important as literacy” ― Ken Robinson
Creativity is defined as the tendency to generate or recognize ideas, alternatives, or possibilities that may be useful in solving problems, communicating with others, and entertaining ourselves and others. This is the reason why creativity is now taught to children even if they can not read or write yet. Every children is given a box of crayons in kindergarten. This is one of many tools to improve their creativity. Creativity in children can also be improved by using some games such as word games, visual thinking games, or drawing games.
Word games are a great way to encourage creative thinking because it allows children to make connections and establish relationships between different words. Examples of word games are scrabbles, typdom, crosswords. Another good word game to stimulate children’s creativity is “connect”. This game is played by naming a word associated with the word given by previous student.
Visual thinking games
Games that employ the use of visual thinking are great because they encourage visualization and the use of imagination—two important aspects of thinking creatively. This games can be played by showing the children an abstract image and ask them what the image looks like to them. Every answer is the right answer.
Certain types of drawing games can help students build on existing concepts, knowledge, and ideas; another key aspect of creativity. You can give them pieces of paper with circle drawn on them, then the circles will be a base for them to create a drawing. Or, the simplest thing to do is make some dots on papers which can be a picture if the dots are connected. So you just tell them to connect those dots.
Besides all those games, you can enhance their creativity through the way you teach and interact with your students. You can ask them questions that can make them use their imaginations, or you can simply let them pick the topic for today’s lesson. Fortunately, as a teacher, you have an opportunity to help students develop something that will enhance all aspects of their life.