Creativity in children often presents itself in a manner that can leave us, as the adults in their lives, shaking our heads in bewilderment. A child’s sense of humour, determinant of what does or does not hold their interest and reasoning do not always fully align with ours.
What can send a child into gales of giggles may raise barely a chuckle from us. What we view as a disorganized mess may present itself as a cornucopia of opportunity to a child Our desire to ensure our time is well spent means we aim to complete a task. A child is more likely to measure time in experiences rather than check lists.
The creative spirit that resides within each of us is most apparent in children. Observing a child fully engaged in an activity which has stirred their imagination is a wondrous thing. The enjoyment they are clearly having, coupled with the pride they take in a “job” well done, provides us with a sense that we are privileged to be able to experience the world, if only for a short while, through their eyes.
In both my parental and work environments, I aim to approach my role in a child’s life with a sense of gratitude, wonderment and curiosity. I believe it is a privilege to have the opportunity to retain a connection with young people who remind me to use a less tarnished lens to view the world.
The creative approach children bring to their lives ensures that their activities provide them with varied opportunities for learning.
“Play is the highest expression of human development in childhood for it alone is the free expression of what is in the soul.” ~ Frederich Froebel
When we are able to recognize and build upon opportunities children have for learning in a fun and creative manner, we are supporting their natural development. We are providing the best foundation for future growth as we are supporting children to do what they do best – embrace life and learning with a creative spirit!
Want more information about creative learning? Contact a child in your life.
Want to provide your child with opportunities for creative learning? Check out YMCA Calgary’s Spring/Summer Programs.
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