29 Mar Creative Thinkers
Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.
– Pablo Picasso
Creative thinking and expression require free time to think and explore. In our busy lives as adults, it is difficult to keep up on our “To Do” lists let alone find the time and space for creative thinking. And yet when we do have moments of creativity, whether at work with an innovative idea, in the kitchen developing a new twist on an old recipe, or even in our relationships with a fresh look on how to deal with a challenge…when we are able to create something from nothing or put our own unique stamps on the world, it is a joyful experience.
With a play-based learning curriculum, children have the time and freedom to identify their preferences and develop their skills. In their play, they are practicing creative thinking as they are learning about the world around them. While structure is appropriate in many instances throughout childhood, it is this unstructured time that will develop children’s creativity and lead to those joyful (if rare) moments of creative expression in adulthood.