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What are some ways to encourage children to think creatively and outside the box?

Hi everyone,

I have a 7-year-old child who loves to play with toys and read books, but I've noticed that he doesn't have a lot of creative thinking when it comes to solving problems or thinking outside the box. I really want to encourage him to think creatively and explore his imagination more.

I would love some suggestions on how to encourage creative thinking in young children. What activities, games or toys have worked for your children? How can I help my child become more innovative and develop critical thinking skills?

Thank you in advance for your suggestions and advice!

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Hi there!

I completely understand what you are going through. My 8-year-old son was also struggling with creative thinking and problem-solving skills. What has helped him is giving him open-ended toys such as Legos, building blocks and Magna-Tiles. These toys allow him to use his imagination and creativity to build whatever he wants.

Additionally, we play "What if" games where we come up with scenarios and he has to think of creative solutions for them. It's a fun and engaging way to help him think outside the box.

We also read books together that have underlying messages about creativity and imagination such as "The Dot" by Peter H. Reynolds and "What Do You Do with an Idea?" by Kobi Yamada.

Lastly, we encourage him to ask questions and encourage curiosity. When he is curious about something, we help him find the answers and explore his interest.

I hope these suggestions help you and your child!


Hello there!

As a parent of two children, I understand your concern about your child's creativity and problem-solving skills. To encourage creativity, we have introduced various art materials including paints, markers, and colored pencils, and my kids love creating different art pieces.

Another activity that has worked well for us is outdoor exploration where we encourage our kids to observe their surroundings, and then come up with creative ways to interact with them. For instance, in the summer, we visited the beach, and we encouraged our kids to build sandcastles with different shapes and sizes.

Furthermore, we introduced reading books and storytelling. It can be anything from a fairytale to a thrilling mystery novel that sparks their imagination and fuels their creativity.

Lastly, we enrolled our kids in an after-school program that urges kids to think outside the box. The program is a mix of intellectual puzzles, teamwork scenarios, and game-based challenges that help in developing analytical and logical thinking.

I hope these tips help you and your child, and instill the confidence to think creatively and outside the box.


Hey there,

Encouraging creativity and innovative thinking in children is crucial in their development. One method that has worked well for me is to engage in activities that are outside of their comfort zone. This could be anything from trying a new sport to learning a new musical instrument.

Another idea is to encourage children to explore their surroundings and the world around them. You could take a walk in the neighborhood and encourage them to observe their surroundings and think critically about them. You could also visit museums or attend cultural events together, and discuss your perceptions and perspectives.

Lastly, I believe it's important to allow children to make mistakes and learn from them. When children have the freedom to explore and make mistakes, they learn valuable lessons that help them think creatively and problem-solve with ease.

I hope my suggestions are helpful, and please let me know if you have any questions.


Hi there!

I have had a hard time inspiring creativity in my 10-year-old child. One technique that has been effective is to set up situations where he has to think quickly and creatively. For instance, we like to play improv games where we each take turns coming up with ridiculous scenarios that we must act out on the spot.

Another idea that has been a hit with my child is encouraging him to use his creativity to solve real-world problems. Asking him to come up with creative solutions to problems in his daily life or the community gives him a sense of purpose, and also helps him exercise this skill.

Additionally, we like to engage in activities where we have to work together as a team to solve a problem. For example, we might give ourselves a timed puzzle or escape room-style challenge, and try to solve it together in a creative and innovative way.

In conclusion, I have found that promoting creativity in children requires a lot of experimentation and trying out different approaches until you find what works for your child. I hope you find these strategies helpful!



Encouraging creativity and innovative thinking is crucial for children, especially in today's modern world. One approach that I have found effective is to help my child's creativity flourish through role-playing. For example, we've used costumes and props to act out stories and come up with adventures of our own.

Another idea is to encourage your child to brainstorm and come up with their own unique creations. Challenge them to design and make their own board games, arts and crafts, or models from scratch.

Furthermore, I have found that technology can be a tool for promoting creativity in children. There are many free online resources and apps that offer engaging platforms for kids to express themselves creatively.

Lastly, it's important to be patient and allow your child the time and space to cultivate their creativity. By providing a supportive and conducive environment, children can thrive and unlock their full creative potential.

I hope these tips are helpful, and I wish you all the best in nurturing your child's creative thinking!

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