Creativity in practice, discovering what exactly is experiencing :)
Psychologist Jerome S. Bruner* said: “…the most effective way of learning is learning together with adults and peers”. Many times he stated that children most effectively learn through experimenting. Creativity is a feature which is very welcome in the times that we live in, but in order for a child to be creative one has to nurture it at a very early stage.
Gaining a sense of “feeling in charge” – a very important feature of every creative lesson
The awareness that it is me who is the author of what I do is very important. It is formed during any kind of creativity games where children learn to build and create. Children learn that they have a REAL influence on what they do, they make mistakes, they have to overcome certain obstacles which in the end give them a possibility to have some kind of critical approach towards themselves, as a result children are not afraid to react and deal with the difficulties which have appeared in their life.
Feeling in charge is the base line for a realistic self-assessment, being able to sense your own value and having courage to learn about the world and gaining independence and persistence in your actions, this is why it plays such a vital role.
Irena Adamek (a professor of social sciences in the field of pedagogy) claims that “the era of innovative education has come”. The most important aspect for our kids is for them to in the most flexible and independent way be able to pursue answers for pervading questions about life. However it is us PARENTS who have to be aware that right from the beginning it is important to experiment, test, check and then take a risk and most importantly take responsibility for the decision which in turn leads to our kids becoming adults who are able to deal with everyday problems in life. Growing up is a complex process and consists of many stages.
Aiming to bring up an aware and talented child in its own individual, unique way makes us incredibly happy and gives us satisfaction – we did it!
When it comes to our kids everything comes down to creativity in other words – curiosity – so checking how this world works, functions, and what are the laws that govern it. The ONLY way to check this is to experience and experiment. All of these factors have an influence on self-fulfillment later on in life. Thanks to the fact that kids want to learn about the world in a spontaneous manner they learn to react in a flexible way and are able to react to the fast-paced lifestyle.
Irena Adamek writes: “Creativity is an essential attribute of a modern human being, and a human being of the future”. Let’s stick to this dear Parents! And let’s show our kids what being creative is all about.
Below we would like to present you with a few ideas for the child to feel that it is in charge… 🙂
This is a game called “Being God”, meaning that we together with the child will be the one making rain come down from the sky. We will need some painting foil which will be placed under the easel or any other type of board, and a bigger piece of white paper which will be hung to it. We will also need some glue, or sticky tape which will allow to stick different shapes to the piece of paper: such as trees, flowers, a house and a car, some clouds, birds butterflies. We will need a jar with food colouring or blue paint and a dropper. Older children and cut out the shapes by themselves.
The children should first stick the pictures onto the board which has been prepared by the adult and then he or she takes the dropper and makes the rain come down from the clouds onto the tress, plants, house, car, birds, etc.
To practice the precision grip, when it comes to the older children they also have a chance to practice the coordination of their movements when it comes to holding scissors and using them. When then children are using the dropper they strengthen the muscles in the arms and back as well as practice coordinating the way the thumb and the index and middle finger work.
Exercising how to use the hammer, we are building a house
The game is connected to hammering down ping pong balls or other round items of similar size into Styrofoam or clay, and to compare into clay. In order to mark the spots where the balls should be hammered in we can use stickers which the child can choose and stick down onto the Styrofoam. We will also need a toy hammer. The difficulty of this task is to ask the child to use the hand which is NOT dominant when picking up the ball and trying to hammer it into the Styrofoam then the same task trying to hammer it into clay. Only when the child wants to hammer the object deeper into the surface should we tell the child that it can change hands. Once one ball has been hammered down we can switch to doing the same with some more balls.
Being able to control the movement of your hand with taking into account precision and being able to do it using the right amount of strength and speed of the hammer while hitting as well as strengthening the wrist. Moreover the child is able to train the eye-hand coordination as well as stabilizing the hand which is useful when trying to do a task connected to distance.
*Has done research when it comes to the cognitive processes among children in connection to learning. Precursor in the area of cognitive development among children.
A short article written on the basis of a collaborative study of Irena Adamek and Józefa Bałachowicz, “The competences of a creative teacher in the early education of a child”, 2014, Impuls.