For so many parents, teaching children practical life skills—how to ride a bike, how to follow directions, how to respect others—often unintentionally takes precedence over creative thinking skills. But fostering creativity in our kids is critical, too, and here's why: "A child who is used to thinking creatively can more easily problem-solve than a child who follows a rigid protocol when searching for a solution to a problem," said Bobbi Wegner, Psy.D., a clinical psychologist in Boston. "Creative thinking serves them far beyond their childhood years."
You might imagine creativity to include painting a picture, putting on a puppet show or making up a funny story—and it does!—but there are actually endless opportunities to ask intriguing questions and model creative thinking in the routine, day-to-day moments with your child. In fact, raising a creative child may be easier than you think. Here are 25 simple ideas to get you started: