Support your child’s creativity now to help them be successful in the future. Here are a few ways to do it.
Creativity is needed in every other aspect of learning and early childhood is the peak time to nurture children’s imaginations. Even though it is so much easier, and tidier, to hand over a phone or tablet, what kids really need is lots of free time to make a mess, be silly and be inventive. By applying for an RCS Personal Loan, you can provide the necessary tools to boost your child’s creative spirit.
CHOOSE INSPIRING EXTRAMURALS
Children learn through playing, and after-school activities teach them essential skills such as teamwork, empathy and problem solving. Art classes, dance, drama and even foreign language lessons, are all great ways for your child to be expressive and inventive. The key is to make it fun and pressure free.
PUT TOGETHER AN ART KIT AND A DRESS-UP BOX
Designate a room or a space in the house where your kids can get out their art supplies and go crazy with paint, glue, crayons and yes, even stick-to-EVERYTHING glitter. Make peace with the inevitable mess and accept that their artwork will often be totally random and make no sense. Give them the freedom to create without correcting them and you’ll be surprised how long they can keep busy on their own. Similarly, a dress-up box is a wonderful way for kids to use their imagination and go on fun adventures. If you’d prefer to skip the next tea party, consider arranging a playdate with a school friend.
STOCK UP ON BOOKS
Reading to your kids and encouraging them to read on their own helps to stimulate their imagination in a big way. Choose books with large, colourful pictures for younger readers and ask them questions like “what would you have done?” or “which one would you pick?” while you’re reading. For older kids, choose books without pictures to help them use their imagination. Remember the magic of reading Harry Potter… before the movies came out?
BUY THE RIGHT TOYS
The more toys children have, the less they need to be creative with how they use them. So, if your current toy situation is getting out of hand, do a clean-out and restock with items that force your child to think a little. Lego is the perfect example, and random Lego bricks require even more creative thinking than a step-by-step kit.
DOWNLOAD THE RIGHT APPS
Great technology means that we don’t really need to imagine anything any more, we can just watch it on a screen. But while cartoons on loop are not ideal, the right activities can have a positive influence. There are cool apps designed for kids where they can create their own eBook to share with family and friends, do fun activities based on famous works of art, or create and direct their own movie.
SPARK THEIR IMAGINATION!
An RCS Personal Loan will help you get the resources you need to raise a creative child. Through a quick, paperless application you can get from R2 000 up to R150 000 cash in your account within 24 hours. Don’t wait, sign up now!