Friday, January 27, 2012
Imagine. Create. Dream.
What do your children dream about? Have you asked them? Do you discuss your own dreams with your kids? You know that I think it's important for our kids to "catch" us reading and writing. It's also vital that we share imagining, creating and dreaming with our kids too. Encouraging them to share their dreams and imaginings with us is the other side of the coin. Of course, sometimes kids will want to keep their dreams to themselves, and naturally we'll respect that.
Encouraging kids to dream, imagine and create can start anywhere and anytime. Maybe you're walking in the rainforest when you see a big old tree with a split trunk. Play "what if?" with your kids. What if that were somebody's home? Who might live there? What would that creature look like/do/eat etc? By making creative thinking and musing part of our everyday lives, by being playful and creative ourselves, I believe we're helping our children develop their own creativity. And our world needs creative people.
Is creativity important in your home? What do you do to encourage imagination, creativity and dreams in your kids?
If you're interested in creativity, click the Creating button in my right sidebar for more posts about this theme. You might also like my Creative Prompt series - you can link to all the posts in the series at New Series - Creative Prompts from the Book Chook.