nurturing creativity in preschoolers??
Find a Conversation
|Thu, 05-15-2003 - 8:39pm|
From an early age he has "let" us/"required" us to show him how to do many things--once we show him something- a few times-then he will try it--unless it's difficult or challenging. (In contrast--his 21 month old brother is very persistent--and will persevere at a task no matter how monotonous or difficult). His younger brother is constantly using toys in novel ways (ex. using a toy frying pan as a tennis racket)--and my older DS is quick to follow his example but rarely initiates such activities. He has an excellent memory--and I sometimes wonder if this hampers his imagination. It's as if his strong memories of the past prevent him from "seeing/imagining" other stories or other uses for things. Does that make sense?
He loves having stories read to him--but he hates it when we ask him to make up a story to tell us. Even with much prompting and assistance, etc....he gets VERY UPSET---and would prefer to just have us "tell" him a story. When we read stories to him he gets very upset if we "interrupt" to ask questions about the characters or their actions. Somehow I feel like this must also relate to his inability/reluctance to engage in problem-solving. If something is proving difficult (getting his jacket on, getting his toys into his bike basket, etc...)--he gets frustrated very easily and immediately starts fussing, whining, wailing or all the above-AAAAGGH!
Sorry to babble on so much--but my question is---are there any books that you can recommend --which will help us learn strategies to nurture creativity and imaginative thinking skills in our preschool age son? Because he doesn't enjoy being "put on the spot"--we have stopped interrupting his stories to ask him about the characters, we have stopped asking him to tell us stories, we have stopped asking him to play along with imaginative games. But I know we really are doing him a disservice. Any suggestions?