Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Creativity Builds Thinking Skills

What is the child in this picture thinking? The photo might suggest that he is brainstorming the best placement of his scissors for the size of ribbon he needs for his collage resting on the table. Perhaps the ribbon is too thick or not thick enough. In that case, he'll have to search the table for alternate supplies. Maybe his caregiver will make a suggestion and together they will collaborate on the best solution. Brainstorming, searching for alternatives and collaborating are some of the critical thinking skills we need in life to succeed.

Creativity is a confluence of traits, capacities and skills. While some of us may not consider ourselves to be creative in the same way as artists and musicians, the characteristics of creativity touch on the decisions we make on a daily basis.

Children can discover more about themselves and their capabilities as they experiment with different art mediums such as paint, scissors or chalk. At DCM we often combine art experiences with the concepts of mathematics and science.  Our Creativity Classes integrate art, math and science concepts that can help to foster the development of critical thinking and creativity. Click here for more information about our Creativity Classes.

Stay tuned for more information to come on creativity, critical thinking and development. 

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