Three Ways to Teach Your Child Innovation: How to Foster Creativity

It is our responsibility to foster creativity into the minds of our children. By fostering creativity into your child you will be structuring a mind of innovative success. "Creativity is a mental and social process involving the generation of new ideas or concepts"* Creativity builds upon the ability to be innovative." We define innovation as the successful implementation of creative ideas within an organization."** A successful innovator has strong leadership, organization, communication and management skills. Fostering creativity is accomplished by exploration, experience and exposure to alternative problem solving, various cultural events, and opportunities to create.

Three ways to foster creativity in your child:
First, explore the world around you. Take your child to an art gallery, museum or a garden and interview them about various things you encounter. Ask them what they think the painting is of? Why dinosaur bones are white? How is a flower made? Let them answer without correction and encourage them to use their imagination and to create a story of their own, no right or wrong answers.
Second, encourage your child to explore and play with everyday household items. Fill a large plastic bin with beans and kitchen utensils and watch as their innovative minds explore these everyday objects. Give your child unconventional art supplies like noodles, dry dog food or a toilet paper roll and allow them to create a design.
Third, take a cultural class together. Community centers and art studios offer a variety of low-cost cooking, art, origami, clay, dance and theater classes. Allow your child to select what class they would like to do with you. Not only are you getting an opportunity to spend time with your child you are also enriching your child's creativity with various opportunities.
Allow your child to capitalize on their ideas, give broad boundaries and allow the process to take over what they create. When fostering creativity with your child remember to be a role model, actively engage, and allow for messes, time and willingness. "All innovation begins with creative ideas"** and all creative ideas begin with an opportunity.

"I have been impressed with the urgency of doing. Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Being willing is not enough; we must do." -Leonardo da Vinci
Academy of Art, LLC teaches to ages three through adult using a variety of media. Janessa and Jessica are sisters and the founders of Academy of Art. Remember, there is no mistake in art, only an opportunity to create something new! Academy of Art focuses on traditional art methods, terms and techniques that stem back from ancient art cultures to present day. *
**by Luecke and Katz (2003)