The importance of nurturing creativity at a young age

Development of the brain is at its maximum from a child’s birth to the age of five and an early and positive development of the brain has a lasting impact on the future abilities of the child to learn, adapt and succeed in life. The brain is the commander of the human body and nurturing it with positive or negative experiences helps shape the development of the brain.

The early years in a child’s life provide the best opportunity for the development of the necessary connections in the brain. These connections are needed and responsible for the child to be healthy, successful and capable with its own abilities. Furthermore, these connections are needed for levels of higher intellectual abilities like problem-solving, communication, motivation and self-regulation. The formation of these essential connections in the brain is much harder at a later stage in life. 

A study published in the ‘Educational Research’ states that exposing young children to museums and cultural institutions enables them to develop a high level of tolerance, historical empathy, stronger critical thinking skills and a much better memory. Creativity further helps in reducing the levels of cortisol, also known as the stress hormone in children. Parents and schools are responsible for this all-round development. Children tend to acquire habits inculcated at the very beginning. Parents today can push their children into regular reading. Giving them books as a gift instead of video games goes a long way in enhancing creativity. Reading also helps them learn better as it opens up different perspectives and improves vocabulary and language skills. A gradual but constant effort in encouraging constructive activities for the child will also play an all-important role in the cause and effect of happiness as it helps in exploring his or her identity. Enrolling them in challenging activities and competitive games will motivate thinking and may act as a catalyst in enhancing the creativity 

It is important to nurture and build on these elements at a younger age. A longitudinal test conducted by NASA measured that the creative potential significantly dropped at later stages in life. Out of the 1600 children aged between 4 and 5 years used in the test, results showed that 98% scored at a level of “creative genius”. Five years later, the number was reduced to 30% of the children scoring at the same level of creative genius and again five years hence the number was reduced to 12%. When a similar test was administered to young adults, results showed that only 2% of the sample size scored at genius level. The instincts for generative or divergent thinking are squashed by our education systems constant efforts to hone thoughts to focus and excel at convergent thinking. The statistics above are a clear indication of the mental construct a child requires at an early age. Parents must learn and understand that the power of grasping and taking in information is much faster and is retained much longer at a young age. As Kemi Sogunle rightly said, “What you feed your mind, will lead your life” is especially true for children. They personify a reflection of what they have been taught at a young age.

The adage, “children are our future”, isn’t an arbitrary one. We at Dili truly believe this and express it through making options which enable payment-in-instalments especially catered for children and their programs. Several online platforms provide constructable content to enhance the creativity in children. Parents today can avail our installment payment options to cater to their child’s need for such creativity without causing a dent in their savings. It is with assurance and confidence that parents today can be bold and eke out the necessary steps to enhance creativity amongst their children for their and the country’s brighter future.            

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