Creative thinking is an important life skill that can benefit every child in the various stages and aspects of their life. Aside from being a deciding factor that helps kids develop their skills in the arts and music, creative thinking also improves their performances in academic fields such as sciences, invention, and mathematics and even enhances a child’s mental, emotional, and social intelligence.
Your child needs to develop creative thinking from a young age so they can practice and enhance their ability, not just when they’re at school. While several people believe that creativity is innate, the truth is that it can be taught, nurtured, and encouraged! These books promote just that while also helping cultivate your child’s reading habits. Check out the 5 children’s books that your child should read to encourage creative thinking!
Butterfly Park (Elly Mckay)
Butterfly Park is a story about meeting new people and becoming comfortable in a new place. The moral of the tale is that having a goal greater than oneself is important. The illustrations in the book are really beautiful and will indeed engage your kids. While the drawings are cut from paper, look closely and see the details that children and grown-ups alike will appreciate. After reading this book, your child will want to draw or paint inspired by what they have just read.
Willow (Denise Brennan)
This book teaches your child that creativity means a whole lot more than knowing how to draw or paint. It’s about learning to view things through new eyes, think in new and exciting ways, and formulate new ideas. This story shows us creativity is magical and imaginative! It revolves around Miss Hawthorn, a teacher who likes everything neat and does not like things to be different until Willow, a new student, switches things up.
Roxaboxen (Alice Mclerran)
Roxaboxen is a wonderfully-drawn book that tackles how vital imagination is for kids. The book revolves around a hill strewn with wooden boxes and boulders that became a fictitious town for the main character, Marian, and her siblings and friends. It teaches your children the importance of playing outside and with a bit of creativity!
Franklin’s Flying Bookshop (Jen Campbell)
Franklin’s Flying Bookshop tells the story of Franklin, a dragon who is a fan of stories and loves reading various tales to everyone, despite their fear of him! Until he met a young girl named Luna, who wasn’t scared of Franklin but was excited to meet him after reading all about dragons in her books. This book expands your child’s creative mind through beautiful illustrations.
Small World (Ishta Mecurio)
Small World is a picture book about a girl who dreams of bigger and bigger things and eventually works hard to achieve her dreams. This book challenges kids to think beyond their perceived ‘small world’, and while the story is fascinating, it’s the illustrations that develop creative thinking. This delightful book will empower young readers to view everything from a new perspective.
Creative thinking helps your child understand themselves and the world around them better. It is an undeniable fact that children have a wild imagination, which only serves to prepare them for an ever-developing society. In International School in Singapore, teachers provide activities in various forms that encourage young students to think outside the box. For more information, inquire about an open house today!