Creativity in Kids. In Grown-Ups?

by Laura on February 27, 2011

I saw this video at Ragamuffin Soul the other week and wanted to post it here.  It’s about creativity and making mistakes and how kids are naturally better artists than we smarty-pants grown-ups could ever be.

Are you original, willing to make mistakes?  What do you create?

How do you encourage creativity in your kids?


  • @ngie

    Good reminder. I liked the video very much.

    Personally I love to provide my kids with time and space. Time – by not scheduling every minute. Space – open rooms, outdoor play spaces, table tops.

    • Laura

      @ngie– I like what you said about giving children TIME and SPACE to create, to imagine, to form their own art. Beautiful advice, friend!

  • Amy Sullivan

    I love this video, and what a great question! I don’t allow myself to make mistakes enough, and I feel as if it has a serious impact on my creativity.

    For example, I am secretly jealous of poets. How do they string together words so perfectly? I want to try a little poetry, but I don’t like the idea of failing at it so I won’t try. How silly.

    Encouraging creativity in my kids? I like to turn off the TV, bring out art supplies, help them create forts, and discover all things outdoors. . .

    • Laura

      I agree, Poetry terrifies me, Amy. Seriously. And the fear of not doing it well makes me not try at all. And, yet, I push my kids onto the soccer field or out into the pool and tell them to “just try”. Maybe I should take my own advice more often.

      And yes– art and outdoors are the stuff of creativity.

  • Tara

    Love this! Ken Robinson is awesome – love his book – The Element.

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