Sunday, February 15, 2009

Solving problem and creativity

Creativity does not just happen. It involves courages, efforts and hard works. People who tries to be creative will face problems, failures and countless miseries. Human beings are born lazy and are therefore difficult to find many venturing into these unfamiliar areas.

Even when there is a need to do it, we will first rely on those who have gone through it to provide the necessary assistance and guidance. We are born with an instinct to stay away from failures or troubles. For most of us, that is the prerequisite for our survival.

Fresh Kale (photo by MissyRedBoots, courtesy of
Complicated leave structures but beautifully designed and created by our creator.
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Unfortunately sometimes the best approach to solving a problem is to think outside the box (which is Creativity).

Fashion show by kids. When given the opportunity to express freely, they also can have adult's ideas.
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And what better skill to teach our kids? There’s a difference between being artistic and being creative.

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Creativity is about solving problems by looking at things from a different perspective.

Child & Apple (© Thomas Perkins |

Creativity is a matter of learning to consider multiple solutions, and thinking through a number of outcomes.

Children with Dog (© Photographer: Marzanna Syncerz | Agency:
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Instead of simply saying something won’t work, a creative person will usually try to figure out a way to make
it work.

Cutting Vegeatables (© Photographer: Isabel Poulin | Agency:
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And creativity isn’t something you have to be born with – it’s a skill, just like math or reading. And it’s something every child can learn.

Children Playing on the Beach (© Chris Johnson |
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When your kids are ready to give up on a project, teach them to look at it from a different angle. Say to them: “What would happen if we tried it this way?”

Children Playing on the Beach (© Chris Johnson |
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Then, if that does not work, help them try something else.

The key is to think outside the box and to teach your kids to do the same.

Cauliflower (© Photographer: Andrey Armyagov | Agency:
Another complicated looking vegetable flowers which is also edible, due to the creativeness of the creator.
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TEACHING KIDS CREATIVITY is extracted from Thursday February 12, 2009 Newspaper Today (Voice), page 18,


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Fresh Strawberries (photo by Ken Hammond, courtesy of USDA)
This is another wonderful creation. The seeds are outside the fruits, on the skin of the strawberries.


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