In our present education curriculum, too much focus is on logic- Inductive and Deductive reasoning- i.e. association building, which is a typical mechanical approach. Promoting creativity among children focuses on discovery and the cognitive rearrangement of new things, which promotes originality and appreciation of context. There is no rigid criterion of looking at things, as diversified perceptions are welcome, thus encouraging self-discovery.
Contrary to our conviction, creativity is not just an expression of art but is essential for science, maths, academic writing, social interaction and emotional intelligence. Toddlers learn to differentiate between the situations because creativity makes them flexible in their approach.
There is a pattern to the process of inculcation of creativity: Acquisition of creativity-Reinforcement-Extinction of the learned behaviour. Greater are the number of reinforcements provided before the extinction of their responses, greater are the chances to sustain their creativity. Reward them for their achievements and encourage them on their failures by sharing the mistakes you made recently or as a child. Emotion supplies energy for motivation and without motivation learning cannot take place.
Fostering creativity is a cognitive phenomenon. The toddler continues to ponder over the problem and ultimately arrives at a solution. Help your child assemble all the ingredients that are necessary to solve the problem.
Impart information and provide resources. For insightful solutions to occur, the child needs to be exposed to all the elements, both tangible and intangible, to express their creative side. Share your interests such as your favourite scientists, music et cetera and teach them to embrace change with compassion.
Do not interfere too much. The child must develop self-efficacy i.e. a trust in oneself to overcome and learn from the obstacles. This not only cultivates creativity but also make them happy.
Children learn by observing; they identify and take on the characteristics of their parents. They notice your actions and their effects and use it as a guide for future. They learn vicariously after being exposed to your behaviour, so make sure you present them with a decent model. The younger they are, the more the modelling.
Children are a bundle of curiosity. Answer their queries and never hush them away. Provide them with practical but harmless tools that they can apply to real-world situations and challenges.
Do not put too many external constraints and let them be their happiest versions; for everyone gets to be a child only once.