How to Improve Your Child's Creativity
There has been a significant amount of research conducted on the idea of “creativity.”
Some of the earliest research in behavior looked at physical behaviors that could be easily observed and measured: pressing a lever, tapping a round disc, and putting food in the mouth.
But creativity wasn’t a behavior; it was a characteristic or personality trait – something a person is born with; right? Researchers began studying young children to see if they could actually get kids to behave in more creative ways.
Their first step was to determine the definition of “creative.”
What does it mean to be creative?
The researchers decided that playing in novel ways, doing something differently than it had been done previously, would be considered creative. They then reinforced children for building block structures that were different from the last structure that was built, and what they found was that they could, in a very short period of time, get children to do things much more creatively!
Researchers have continued to build upon this original study and have consistently demonstrated that creativity can, in fact, be reinforced and strengthened.
What that means in a broader sense is that we can foster creativity in our children!
We can create opportunities for our children to do things differently and if we reinforce, then our children may start to be more creative in the future.
Download our free guide with suggestions on how you can set up opportunities for your child to become more creative.
Click here to read the original groundbreaking research demonstrating the increased creativity while building block structures.