A child's creativity is more than just a form of entertainment -- as cute as it may be. It's also a sign that he can solve problems, entertain himself, and explore the world in his own wonderfully unique way.
Creativity enables children to be flexible and resilient, explains Sally Goldberg, PhD, professor of early childhood education at Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and author of Baby and Toddler Learning Fun (Fisher Books). And that's so important because we can't predict what challenges our children will be faced with over a lifetime. We can only provide kids with the tools to work through them, she adds.