Each month, Jackie Hardie, owner of The Nursery, gives advice and guidance on aspects of parenting. Drawing on almost three decades working with early years children, including roles as a Reception teacher and an Ofsted inspector, running an international education consultancy, and of course, being a parent, Jackie gives down-to-earth and practical advice.
This month, Jackie focuses on the importance of developing creative thinkers.
If I asked most adults to draw a house, the majority of images would look similar: a triangle roof, four square windows and a rectangular door. This is exactly what we don’t want to see in our children, we want our children’s house to be unique, with weird and wonderful features that your child can explain in great detail.
Why is this important?
At The Nursery one of our core philosophies is to develop ‘creative, independent thinkers’. Providing children with these skills will allow them to develop into adults who can think outside the box and have a go at solving any problem.
So how can you support this?
- Give your child a problem to solve. The more opportunity they have to do this, the more confident and creative they will be with their solution
- Send them a letter through the post from an alien, cartoon character or teddy bear that asks them for help. This allows them to use their imaginations and build on their problem solving skills
Ask them to make a house, car or bed out of junk, Lego or Sticklebricks that will fit their teddy. The more opportunity they have to design and then build their own models, the more elaborate they will become and all the while this is helping to develop their creative thinking and problem solving skills.