You might think that creativity is an inherent talent that your child does or does not have. Yet the creativity and ingenuity critical for wholesome child growth and development is a skill that can be encouraged and polished over time – by parents like you. It is high time for you to get your child off those digital screens and into the outdoors to get those creative juices flowing. Nature and your child’s external surroundings offer several opportunities for critical thinking, problem-solving and discovery. Here are some of the ways to develop your child’s creativity at ArtScience Museum.
Creative activities can help your child articulate emotions and opinions. Moreover, you can also learn more about your child’s feelings and thought processes through such activities. Your child needs adequate time and space to express creativity in spontaneous ways, such as drawing. For instance, your child can construct colourful and imaginative sea creatures on paper to be digitally scanned and ‘brought to life’ at the Sketch Aquarium installation in Future World: Where Arts Meet Science at ArtScience Museum. Witness your child’s art piece ‘come to life’ and swim with other virtual sea creatures. You and your child can even have additional interactive fun by touching sea creatures only to have them swim away. With Create! Hopscotch for Geniuses, your child can leverage upon creative skills to create a hopscotch course made up of projected square, circular and triangular shapes.
In a world where children are exposed and glued to digital screens at an increasingly early age, your child should have ample chances to polish his or her spatial awareness and movement. Encourage your child to participate in multi-sensory creative activities to develop his or her sensory abilities. Auditory activities can aid your child in honing observational skills, recognising different sounds in the environment and making sense of the world around. How about inspiring your child to compose some music at the Sketch Piston – Playing Music installation? At this installation, your child’s different actions would produce a symphony of varied and vibrant sounds, leading to an animated atmosphere. Your child can explore his or her inner composer abilities even more at the Light Ball Orchestra by rolling light-balls that change in sound and colour. You and your child can have a whale of a time making music by rolling and interacting with such light-balls in a sound-filled and colour-laden arena.
Your opportunities for harnessing creativity and engaging with all five senses do not stop just yet. Another installation, A Table Where Little People Live comprises a community of miniature characters interacting with one another. When you and your child place your hands or an object on the table, these characters would react and jump onto them.Their actions would become more animated based on the shape and colour of whatever that is placed on the table. In the Story of the Time When Gods Were Everywhere installation, create your own world by touching Chinese and Japanese characters that transform into natural elements such as mountains, wind, rain and trees. Such actions and movement in touching these characters would create an atmosphere of spontaneity and artful expression.
One useful mindset to motivate your child further in creativity is not simply focus on the end product of the respective activities he or she participates in. Instead, focus on the creative processes your child undergoes to articulate ideas, opinions or create a product from raw materials. You and your child can enjoy such an opportunity at the Inverted Globe, Giant Connecting Block Town installation. This installation projects moving vehicles onto a large surface. Your child can use the different giant blocks to design and a network of roads, rivers and railways to create a dynamic transportation network.
Relish quality family time at the Future World: Where Art Meets Science exhibition with its array of all-time favourite installations. Just as this exhibition and its installations display the instrumental relationship between people and nature by blending cityscapes with the natural surroundings, you and your family can tap onto your creativity and reshape your environment by interacting with the resources available.
Explore our specifically designed products and services backed by eye health professionals to help keep your children safe online and their eyes healthy.