CREATIVE THINKING AND IMAGINATION FOR CHILD DEVELOPMENT

Without imagination and investigation of ideas our collective fund of knowledge would languish. To be creative means to be in love with life. You can be creative only if you love life enough that you want to enhance its beauty, you want to bring a little more music to it, a little more poetry to it, a little more dance to it.Imagination is considered the faculty or action of forming new ideas or concepts of external objects not present to the senses. Our imagination changes; it is organic, and it grows as our knowledge grows. Knowledge feeds the imagination which spurs us on to new knowledge. Nurturing a child’s creative side early spills over into other areas of his life. A toddler who’s encouraged to think out of the box will know how to look for new and innovative solutions to problems.In our complex and fast-paced world, flexible and creative thinking has become essential to success at school, at work, and in life.I think imagination drives knowledge acquisition. If you are really passionate about a possibility you imagine (whether it’s a better education system or a revolutionary scientific theory), you will seek out the knowledge needed to test it or to turn your vision to reality.Creativity is the product of imaginaton.Knowledge is static and creativity is changing, change is needed for new things to happen but to have change, there must first be something to change; knowledge.Both are necessary. Imagination drives inquiry and inquiry eventually leads to knowledge. With additional knowledge new levels of imagination become possible.Imaginative and creative play is how children learn about the world. During imaginative play, children manipulate materials, express themselves verbally and non-verbally, plan (intentionally or unintentionally), act, interact, react, and try different roles. Great opportunities for learning are possible when children participate in creative play with dolls, vehicles, blocks, rocks, cardboard, or boxes. Employing creative thinking while manipulating play dough, creating recipes by mixing dirt and water, working with art materials, splashing in puddles, or pretending to fly can further child development.

Imagination fosters cognitive and social development. Everyone wants to raise children who reach their highest intellectual and social/emotional potential. In early childhood education, critical thinking skills and creative problem-solving abilities are goals for children’s development. Imagining, trying new ways of doing things, and experimenting help develop critical thinking in children and foster creative problem solving. Furthermore, imagination builds social-emotional development by allowing children to contemplate different resolutions, thus boosting children’s confidence, which can be used in interactions with others. Imagination and creativity are also skills that our children will need when they join the workforce of the future.So here I am going to share few ways to Improve these Creative Abilities in Young Minds:

1.Place an increased focus on multi-disciplinary thinking, where students are taught to make cross-curricular links and see problems from different angles and contexts.
2.Encourage students to not be passive consumers of information but to be involved in creative processes as active doers, using the knowledge they gain to actively solve problems.
3.Provide forums for other imagination-enabling activities. These can include self-reflection, creative writing, listening to inspiring non-lyrical music, immersing oneself in creative films or books, and so on.
As a parent, if you find yourself navigating inside the bubble, embrace the experience. Use it as an opportunity to connect with your child. Probe and ask questions to gain insight into your child’s thoughts, feelings, and understanding of the world. Be careful not to take over the imaginary friend—the kids want control. If you play along, you may be surprised at the fun you will have and what awaits your creative children in the future.

By – Tiasha Saha

Academic Coordinator and Pre Primary Incharge
DPS Mahendra Hills

Academic Coordinator and Pre Primary Incharge of DPS Mahendra Hills