Children and Creativity

February 25th, 2014 by Dionna | 1 Comment
Posted in Children, Current, Eclectic Learning, Ecological Responsibility and Love of Nature, Guest Posts, Just for Fun/Miscellaneous, natural parenting, Respond with Sensitivity, Reviews and Giveaways, Strive for Balance

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What a Lovely Sound

I’m so pleased to host today’s guest post from children’s author Starr Meneely. Check back here on March 1 and enter to win one of three copies of Starr’s new book, “What A Lovely Sound!,” in the Natural Parents Network Learning through Play giveaway (live on March 1).
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“Imagination is the beginning of creation. You imagine what you desire, you will what you imagine and at last, you create what you will” – George Bernard Shaw

My little daughter sits on my bed in the early morning and whispers;

“Mum, do you want to hear what my dream was about?”

I smile and cuddle her close to listen. Her dreams are vivid, complex, and rich. Her spirit revealing its layers in simple story telling. As I listen to her elaborate all the details of her sleep images, I send out a little wish. I hope she can always enjoy this creative part of her mind. How often do adults forget this childhood gift of creativity? I hope that I can nurture this part of her so that her imagination and sense of creativity can flourish and enrich her life always.

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Free Play

Our children are busy little people. Dashing from school to lessons. From homework to shopping, through hectic mealtimes. We hustle and bustle and our children bustle and hustle with us. How much time do our children have to just play? Creativity flourishes outside structured activities and busy schedules. When children have time and space to think up stories, and act out every detail of their imaginations, creativity blossoms. Trying to provide regular time for our children to play freely is one of the most valuable ways we can nurture their imaginations.

Time Spent in Nature

Most children do not have quick, backdoor access to the wild world. We have gardens and backyards but few of us have woodland with streams and acres of free growing plants and animals. Time spent in nature, however, is one of the most wonderful gifts we can give our children. Their minds can roam and explore as far as they can see. Wind, rain, and sunshine feed their senses and inspire ideas and theories.

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Story Telling and Reading

Books, glorious books. Imagination, creativity, inspiration, and adventure leap out of books and ignite children’s dreams. To inspire a life-long creativity and imagination we should read to our children. We should read with them. We should read books that are fun, books that we love. We should share books with our children that they love. Tell stories, write stories, and collect favourite books. Let our children lose themselves in a story.

Boredom

This winter has locked us firmly indoors hiding away from day after day of appalling weather. The children bicker, they fuss, they wander aimlessly around the house making messes and complaining. What a mothering challenge it is to sit back and trust that boredom leads to creativity. it does though, amazingly, after what seems like a lifetime, I notice that the children have dragged out forgotten toys and have invented a game or a story that would rival any adult led activity or television programme. Their minds spark and dance, and I see that they are learning to use their creativity and imagination. It isn’t easy to sit back and let our children break through boredom, but when it happens my heart is warmed.

I cherish early mornings dream sharing with my child. I like to think that as I listen to my her nighttime dreams, and let her tell me every detail of her thoughts, that this will carry over into her daydreams and she will recognise the magical feeling when a new thought or idea dances into her consciousness. I hope this carries over into her adult life and she can enjoy this type of dreaming forever.

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Starr

Starr Meneely is the owner and editor of The Mother Magazine and the author of the children’s picture book “What A Lovely Sound!” (illustrated by Susan Merrick). She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Piano Performance from the University of Alaska where she studied under Dr. Timothy Smith. She owned the Littlerose School of Music in Anchorage and taught at the Alaska Fine Arts Academy. Starr edits and writes in a little village in Surrey UK Where she lives with her husband and four children. She loves to hear from reader both big and small.

Connect with Starr at her website, on Facebook, and on Twitter.

Photo Credit 1: afrodad via Flickr CC

Photo Credit 2: GlobalPartnership for Education via Flickr CC

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One Response to:
"Children and Creativity"

  1. luschka   luschkavo

    Beautiful post, Starr :)

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