11 Strategies to Support Children’s Creative Thinking
We often think of creativity as being kind of magical – a touch
of inspiration, the voice of an inner muse – something you either
have or you don’t. Creativity isn’t something that can be taught.
Or can it?
Of course it can! Creativity is a process of generating ideas.
And in reality there are no truly “new” ideas – only old ideas
combined in new ways. Young children do this all the time –
much more than adults, in fact – since they’re not limited by
what’s “appropriate” or what “makes sense.”
Sadly, creativity actually declines with age in most people.
I believe a lot of this loss of creativity is due to the fact that
creative thinking isn’t a priority in our schools. But it doesn’t
have to be that way.
Here are eleven strategies you can use to encourage and support
your young students’ creative thinking skills:
Listen. Not as easy as it sounds.
Be patient – it may take them a minute to explain what
If other children are talking, ask them to be quiet so you
can hear the speaker.
If you’ve asked them for an idea, don’t jump
in with an idea of your own unless they seem really stuck.
Watch. They may not be able to express their idea verbally.
Describe their movements to help them express themselves.