When someone asks you about creativity, the first association to come into your mind would probably be the arts. It’s mainly because we think of people who create poems, dance, paintings or films as creative.
However, lets think of the following example. A child solved a mathematical problem differently or in an unusual manner and we say a kid is creative. So, actually we may measure and think of creativity as of uncommon uses for common objects. Many researches show creativity is connected to the ability of a person to overcome the distraction and “stickiness” of prior knowledge.
We need to have knowledge to solve simple daily routine tasks without even thinking of a solution but knowledge stored in our memory dictates how we solve the problem. And we get into a cognitive trap. We need to be able to forget the knowledge but not forever, only for a short period of time to invent new knowledge. Sounds like a challenge, right?
These processes are connected to the creative thinking abilities of an individual. And they can be thought and trained. Trainings may allow us to be able to push thinking in new directions and avoid getting stuck on what we already know.
This skill stays with you and wherever creative thinking is required in your life you may use it as you use reading or writing (or typing) skills. So learning creativity and creative thinking is not just about art, it is about the ability to go beyond what we know and ability to see things differently and from new perspectives.
To learn these skills you may enroll your child into our weekly online or face-to-face “TRIZ for Kids Creative Thinking and Problem Solving” program.