Young People's Architecture & Engineering Academy

Less is more – How to Help Develop Children’s Creativity

12.02.2019

One common mistake made by adults when encouraging children to be creative is in thinking the more choice there is the better their creative experience will be. Often we have found this is not the case. A child can be creative if just looking at one thing and thinking creatively. However when they are presented by lots of choice the opportunity to be creative can be muddled by the need to make so many initial choices. Making decisions is a difficult task in itself which we try to simplify at the outset. This is why we like to limit the materials available in our workshops to just one or two. this helps children have some clarity about the creativity required to apply to that one thing. This helps children to progress more quickly in the aim to create something that pleases them.

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