Stimulate Children's Creativity at Home

To increase the power of thought and creativity of elementary school-age children, it's proposed various interesting exercises and stimulation to do during free time at home, such as:

1. Playing scrabble by using commonly heard vocabularies in every day life, such as roads, gardens, animals, holidays, school, and weather.

2. Gathering the names of household items. After that, the children are asked to describe and name uses of the household appliances. For example, in addition to cleaning the floor, what else a broom can be used for.

3. Planning a trip and mentioning problems that could occur. Children are asked to solve the problem. The used tools can be newspapers, books, phone, and maps.

4. Inviting elderly relatives to discuss past lives. Then the children are asked to draw a family tree that contains genealogy or family history.

5. Discussing interesting TV shows. Connect each character in the story of TV with personality of very familiar people. When possible, ask the children to make a short story in the film in three or four sentences.

6. Learning to create a cartoon or a comic story about heroism.

7. Teaching children to play chess to train logic.

8. Learning which plants are seasonal or continue to grow. Also learn when they flower or fruit.

9. Practicing with a crossword puzzle or trying to make it themselves. It may also create a guessing game and pantomime.

Of course, there are many more other interesting trainings that can be given to children provided in accordance with the child's maturity.

Parents are also able to move along with a child. To be fun for the kids, try the following suggestions in the move together:

1. Note the condition of the body and the emotions of parents and children before and during the move.

2. The purpose of this joint activity is to foster parent-child closeness by growing curiosities of a variety of things.

3. Chose activities that require mutual interaction and cooperation. The result is, the child will be more responsive to parents' call and environment, and able to focus on their interlocutor. These will stimulate the nerve connections among cells.

4. Undertaken activities should please the children. When they're stressed, their body will produce the cortisol hormone which inhibits connections among nerve cells so that information is more slowly to process.

5. Avoid activities that too emphasize the use of paper and pencil. Usually, children under five haven't been able to linger to enjoy these activities.

6. Vary the activities together. In essence, provide activities that can develop various aspects of child development and multiple intelligences.

7. Each child is unique, having own advantages in certain areas and disadvantages in other fields.

By playing together, the children can learn how to control emotions and whims. Not all wishes can be fulfilled.

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