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Here are 10 ways you can help
your kids reach their potential.

1.  Open up the world of storytelling for your children - buy them quality books,
      online stories and videos. Take them to puppet shows, movies and children's
2.  Encourage them to write their own stories or sequels to develop their
      imaginations and writing skills.
3.  Encourage play acting. Help your kids write book-inspired or original scripts
      to act out or produce as puppet shows. Puppets are great for imaginative 
      play and the development of problem solving techniques through unreal
      characters and situations. Give them old clothing, cardboard and such so that
      they can create their own costumes, sets and props for their performances.  
4.  Expose them to the arts: drawing, sculpture, music, and the like and give
      them the tools to experiment with these things for themselves. Help them 
      to express their ideas and feelings through art. If they show an aptitude or
      interest in a particular arena, nurture it by permitting experimentation or
      formal lessons. 
     (CLICK HERE for a simple craft project that requires only scrap materials.)
5.  Television and computer games are fine sometimes, but kids also need  to
      invent their own forms of imaginative play - see what they can do with a
      large empty box or let them create a secret hideout under the tablecloth.
6.  Encourage creative thinking. Help them look at familiar objects in new ways
     and not be bound by preconceived notions.
     (CLICK HERE for a few imagination stretchers.)
7.  Develop crictical thinking skills and creative problem solving. Simply present
      kids with a situation and give them some quiet reflective time to come up
      with a solution. For example, if you were to spend your life on a desert island,
      what ten objects would you want to take with you, and why ?
8.  Support an interest in science and the exploration of nature. Go on nature
      walks, observe wild birds and animals, try a home science lab and encourage 
      "why ?" types of questions from eager young minds. Have the patience to give
      thorough answers and, if you don't have all the answers, you and your children
      can look them up and discover the answers together.
9.   Let them have some supervised time and assistance in the kitchen to create
       their own sandwich combinations or even invent their own recipes. (As a bonus
       for you, they'll be learning kitchen safety and the need to take responsibility
       for cleaning up after themselves at the same time !)
10. Most of all - take the time to listen to their ideas ! Encourage experimentation
       and creative self-expression. Don't hand them  cookie cutter prefabricated
       activities just to keep them occupied. Keep an eye out for your children's
       responses to new situations and exposure to various arts and such, so that
       you can nurture those most suited to your children's aptitudes and interests,
       while being careful not to force any pursuits on them or pressure children to
       produce results or stick with things they've lost interest in. Give them the
       security and support they need, so that they can feel free to experiment with
       no risk of embarrassment or ridicule if the results of any attempted venture 
       are less than perfect.
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Thank you for taking the time to try these educational, imagination building tips
for parents who want to encourage their children to express their creativity.    
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