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Why is Creativity Important?

Last year I came across an awesome resource from the UK called the “January Challenge 2024” where 31 creative prompts would be given over 31 days and attended a zoom webinar explaining what the resource is all about. Below is a summary of my key takeaways on “Why is Creativity Important?”

  • It helps with Emotional Regulation. Engaging in creative activities is a form of self-care and provides opportunity for self-expression. There is also a sense of joy and fun that comes from the focused time creating.

  • It provides Intellectual Stimulation. Creative exercises provide challenges to think differently and come up with new ideas. There is also a sense of achievement.

  • It creates Community. When we share activities, engage in the process with one another, we create connection. Such connections encourage and motivates us further.

It’s not too late to sign up for the challenge as we are just one week into January. You can also just use the creative prompts at your own pace!

Emotional Regulation

If you've a school-going kid, transitioning to the new school year is never easy, especially for formal schooling. There is so much focus needed, so many rules to follow and everyday the teachers are ‘scolding’ someone in class. I’ve one child going to Primary 1 this year, one child going to a new class in Primary 5 and my eldest going to Secondary 2 with new responsibilities as a CCA leader. We are taking things slow and providing them a lot of space to rest and play after school.

Here is one simple low-prep mess free doodling activity that your child can engage in after school. All you need is a piece of A4 paper and markers. Doodling helps to reduce anxiety, release stress, improve memory and focus. And most importantly, it provides the opportunity to talk about your child’s emotions.

funny faces activity

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