Creative Child May 2020 - Page 53

This is all great news, but many parents complain that their children spend the days watching YouTube or playing video games and aren’t letting their creative juices flow. For this reason, it’s important to design a home environment that fosters your child’s creativity. You can do this by focusing on two areas: the physical environment and the emotional environment. Let’s look at each area to see how to spark or boost creativity in your home. The Physical Environment As you’ve probably guessed, it’s not enough to have crayons and paper lying around somewhere. Without some kind of order and organization, it’s difficult for kids to initiate creative activities on their own. I recommend creating two distinct areas - one for reading and another for art and creative play. Reading Space: Find a small and cozy spot in your home to create a special reading nook. A fort-like area with twinkle lights, comfy pillows, a favorite blanket, and a basket of books will draw most children in like a moth to a flame. Having their own special, magical place to go is exciting and is sure to create fond memories along with improving creativity. Science shows that reading improves creativity by stimulating your imagination. Neuroscientists at Emory University found that reading a novel improves brain function and detected what may be biological traces, actual changes in the brain, that linger days after reading a novel. 52