Thursday, August 19, 2010

Aloha Friday - Creativity

 Welcome to this week’s edition of Aloha Friday! Every Friday (well, ok, almost every Friday) I ask a simple question--nothing that requires a lengthy response.

Last week on this blog I discussed "The Creativity Crisis" -- an article I read which talked about how creativity scores for children in America had been decreasing since the 1990's (and by "creativity" they didn't just mean "arts and crafts" but creative thinking in terms of being able to think of new ideas.)

So, related to that, here's my question....

How do you encourage creativity and creative thinking in your children?

Please leave your answer in a comment below.  And, if you have a blog and would like to post your own question you can leave your link at An Island Life.


  1. Absolutely! We play adventure games and make up adventure stories!

  2. I had them something to write with or paint with or draw with.

  3. I encourage them to do arts and crafts and drawings and colorings among other things.

  4. I have an art bin in our living room that they are welcome to use at any time. It has paints, stamps and other art projects. Needless to say, we do some kind of arts and crafts every day. We also bought these cool window crayons that they love. Right now, on our living room front window, there is a picture Josiah drew of our family. :)
    Roxanne@ Children Teaching Mama

  5. Lots of art opportunities including traveling to museums.

    Have a great Friday!

  6. We have lots of items that can be used in any way our children can think. They do imagine play. In adddition to this we have a lot of craft items that the kids can make various items with.

  7. We do arts and crafts and lots of art!
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  8. We talk a lot and make up stories and reasons for things they don't understand. We also do a lot of creative play outside. They come up with the greatest stuff!