Creativity for Kids: It's Good for the Their Brain

Creativity seems to be everywhere these days.

How about the dress made from 1000 origami whooping cranes? If you're in London, you can take a look at it in the London Science Museum.

Or the two college students at Rice University who used a simple kitchen salad spinner, yogurt cups, a comb and a glue gun to make a centrifuge for separating blood to test for anemia.

The professor told the class to invent a cheap medical device that didn't use electricity and could be used in developing countries. They didn't just get an A for their class project. This summer the two young women, Lauren Theis and Lila Kerr, are traveling in Africa helping clinics test their device!

Now I'm not suggesting your kids are going to come up with an invention like this during summer vacation (of course, they might) but they certainly can work on developing their creative talents and having loads of fun.

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One classic and fun way of creating is putting a bunch of junk on the kitchen table, setting the timer for 15 minutes, and saying "Go."  The challenge is to make something from the stuff on the table: tape, paper clips, a couple of small rocks, a broken shoe string, a lone earring, some stickers, and a potato, for example.

If you've got several kids playing, have a contest. They can take turns selecting the stuff.

Inventing games works also. Give kids a couple decks of card, a piece of cardboard, some crayons or markers, and trinkets for player pieces. The rule: Make up a board game. Or make it simple by making up a card game with just one deck of cards.

Ask questions? Don't give all the answers. Praise your kids for their creative efforts. It's fun and it's great for brain development.  And be sure to read my recent post about creative playgrounds. While you're there, vote for your favorite kind of playground.

Scroll down to the comment box below and share your ideas with our readers. How are you encouraging creativity in your kids?  What have they come up with.

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