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why we believe creativity is important

We're in About Thames Ditton's summer edition with an article about how creativity helps children's wellbeing - written for us by health journalist Siobhan Mason

Click here to read the full article online

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There are many, many reasons why getting your children’s creative juices flowing is beneficial. Here are just a few that we like to remember from time to time:

 

  • Using their hands enhances their cognitive development.
     

  • Little neurons inside children’s brain fire up when they’re thinking creatively and this has a beneficial impact on their ability to problem solve.
     

  • The sense of achievement is tangible, literally, everyone can see what they’ve made.
     

  • Children are genuinely more employable in later life if they can think laterally, communicate clearly and work as part of a team. Creativity is the number one skill that business leaders say they need for their organisations to succeed.
     

  • Art & sewing develops fine and gross motor skills and makes their fingers more adept. This, in turn, makes them better at other useful things like handwriting in school.
     

  • As parents the best way to set children up for life is to have a balance of variety and stimulus in their lives. Creative, academic & physical activities all in equal measure.

 

at Magpie Makes we encourage children to:

 

  • experiment with materials

  • observe

  • express themselves creatively

  • learn from their mistakes

  • persevere

  • understand why and how things are made

  • appreciate colour, texture, light & shade

  • have confidence in their ideas

  • develop life skills such as sewing

  • collaborate

  • tidy up!