Why Creativity in Kids is an Unspoiled Treasure

“Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.”
- Pablo Picasso

I could be totally wrong, but I think that children are inherently born with a pure sense of creativity.  When I look at my one year old son, I see creativity.  He doesn't know the conventional way of doing most things, so he does things in his one year old childlike fashion.  He uses his colored plastic spoons and forks as light sabers.  Food sometimes turns into finger paint.  He loves slides and occasionally turns boxes, mattresses, his parents, or anything with an incline into a slide.  In his mind, everything is a toy.

My hope for him is that he holds on to as much of his creativity as he can as he gets older.  When kids grow up, they learn social norms about how we are supposed to do everything (Spoons and forks are for eating, not reenacting Star Wars Episode III).  They learn what the "box" is and are taught to think "inside the box" because we are socialized to think that's the way it is supposed to be.  Deviating from social norms are sometimes perceived as "weird," which pressures kids (and adults) to conform rather than be their unique creative selves. 

Although I want my son to coexist with social norms, I want him to feel free to be creative and push boundaries.  With an open mind, I want him to question everything.  Though any medium, I want him to be able to express himself.  I want him to be able to think of new powerful ideas and create new solutions to unforeseen problems that will exist in the future.  I want him to create wonders in this world. 

Probably most of all, I want my son to proudly be his creative and unique self throughout his whole life.

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