Playing up your creativity

Creativity is the heart of humanity. It is valuable to people of all ages; it helps us to learn, problem solve, innovate and encourage a sense of belonging. In its most pure sense, it frees us, as humans, to play – sparking joy, curiosity, connection and imagination.

Characteristically, children have big imaginations. They have a sense of questioning, as they try to make sense of the world, which is often explored through play. Children scribbling magical creatures, donning a colourful costume and building with blocks all shape how children view the world, and in doing so build confident and involved learners.

As adults we often have a sense of wonderment and delight in watching children play; but what if we did this for ourselves, as young and older adults? There are a few small steps we can take to move towards play in building our own creativity.

 

1.  Have courage

To try something new, takes courage. It may also be sharing words, a vision or a sound that you’ve never tried before. You may not see yourself as a creative person; find the courage to start and to find your creativity. Start small or large, the most important part is to back yourself and to have a go.

Some people like to join a workshop or meetup to kickstart their courage.

2.  Be resourceful

Use what is around you to help your creativity grow. Whether its working with others or finding reusable materials, creativity doesn’t require special tools. It requires a mindset of making do, adapting to your environment, its opportunities and constraints. Children often use what adults would describe as unusual items and pair them together in a different way to see what works.

Ask a friend to help you grow your idea – or start simple with some cardboard!

3.  Experiment

This is part of the fun! Prototype, test and trial your ideas - join us in The Edge's Fabrication Lab to bring your idea to fruition. Share your idea and seek feedback. Through experimentation, children practice critical thinking skills and problem solving. This trial and error can be frustrating, but is where the magic happens. Do something different, try a new path, make a mistake to see what happens as you perfect. Your dynamism in this process will determine the outcome of your idea – play to your hearts content.

4.  Keep going!

Children play with persistence and concentration, testing out if water drops to the ground, or questioning why gravity exists. This questioning and considering helps to make sense of the world and develops critical thinking. Multiple attempts and practising develop your creative confidence, and support your ability to apply ideas and skills in a new way.

 

These four steps are just the beginning of the many way you can explore creativity.

State Library of Queensland has many services and programs for you to grow your creativity – get to know more today.

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