Parents might have another reason to take their children’s iPads or other electronic screens away from them this summer. That’s because there’s a new report that suggests bored kids might turn out to become the most creative kids and adults later on in life.
Author Lauren Child, who is best known for her Charlie and Lola book series, suggests that daydreaming or just staring into space can help foster creativity in children. She also notes that boredom is even vital for a child’s development. She recently launched a campaign called Staring Into Space. She is urging parents and educators to encourage children to simply look, listen or stare into space to help get the creative juices flowing so they can create things.
“Don’t be afraid to allow your child to be bored,” Child says, according to TV3 News. “Boredom is often a time when inspiration comes and when children start to work things out for themselves.”
The Staring Into Space initiative also teaches kids several different ways to be creative through six different activity resources. These include building your own 3D space collage using items found from around the house, creating your own “miniature world” with things found in your garden or park, or making toast sculptures with nothing more than a sharpened pencil and of course, a piece of toast. If that weren’t enough, children are also shown how to create their own book, use a stick of charcoal to create magical, atmospheric journeys or share a story using the art of the Warli tribal community in India.
In addition, many child development experts believe that boredom helps teach children time management. Psychologists also argue that preempt times spent in front of a television screen or with organized activities do very little to help build children’s imaginations. Kids who are given unstructured play time more often than not find something interesting to do with it. It’s also been proven that kids are happiest in self-directed play.
Many believe it’s essential for children to have the experience of deciding for themselves on how to use their unstructured play time. More importantly, free play gives children the opportunity to explore their worlds, which help foster creativity. This helps them engage with themselves – without the help of additional toys, books, games, or electronic devices – so they can imagine, invent, and create on their own.