All children have some creative ability, and developing this in the preschool years is just as important as teaching letters and numbers. There is a whole range of skills and mental progress that you can encourage in your child to stimulate his creative abilities: point out the things happening around him, show him patterns, colors, flowers, animals, smells; act out empathy for other people; talk about feelings; invent stories; and imagine “What would happen if…?” Dressing up, painting and drawing, and making toys are all practical activities that can help your child develop his creativity and imagination.
Encourage your child to make his own dress-up toys with a variety of colored paper, crayons, scissors, and sticky tape.
After birth, the process of establishing connections within the brain takes place. These are the essential steps toward mental development.
- The most productive period of mental development occurs during the first two to four years of life
- The greatest number of connections is made between birth and age two
- Once connections are established, the left and right sides of the brain “talk” to each other. Skills such as reading depend on this “cross- talk.”