It hard to figure out exactly what the right mix of academic and non-academic learning activities are that will help our kids grow into the innovators of tomorrow. As we all know, a parent’s dream is to have their kid continue to be successful in their endeavors now and in the future.
Childhood is an important time in everyone’s life. A child’s brain is constantly learning and adapting from the time they are infants to adolescents and into their teens. According to Facts for Life, “The child's brain grows as she or he sees, feels, tastes, smells and hears. Each time the child uses one of the senses, a neural connection is made in the child's brain. New experiences repeated many times help make new connections, which shape the way the child thinks, feels, behaves and learns now and in the future.” Knowing this, it becomes clear how important it is for kids of all ages to participate in experiences that challenges their senses and physical body.
The Benefits of Play in Childhood
Play can constitute as any form of physical activity, like tennis, frisbee, tag, etc. Physical activities contribute to healthy brain development. Active play is essential to developing social and emotional ties at home and with their peers. By developing these ties, children can learn to better navigate and solve social problems, conquer fears, and express their imagination in a safe and judgement-free space.
Exercise and physical play can also improve mental health. From improving memory and increasing the ability to concentrate, kids who participate in active and mentally tough activities will see a decrease in anxiety and depression and improve their mood.
Creativity in Childhood Leads to Innovation in Adulthood
A new study from Michigan State University found that childhood participation in arts and crafts leads to innovation, patents, and increases the odds of starting a business as an adult. Creative activity in childhood “rewires” your brain to think out-of-the-box. Thinking out-of-the-box is a crucial part of solving problems.
By instilling and enabling creativity in childhood, you can help increase your child’s ability to innovate, problem-solve, and make lasting connections with family and peers.
Combining Creativity and Physical Activity
So, providing a space for your child to be physically active and creative, you can jump-start innovation and problem-solving skills at a young age. The best way for parents to encourage children's curiosity is to stay curious themselves. Be active, allow your kid to ask questions and experience all their senses. Give them physical and mental tasks encourage curiosity and help them find answers.
By combining both creativity and physical activity during your kid’s childhood, you allow them to stay healthy, and learn the necessary tools to be successful throughout their life.