Nature and Creativity: 3 activities to stimulate creative intelligence in the little ones!

Nature and Creativity: 3 activities to stimulate creative intelligence in the little ones!

The external environment and nature are a powerful stimulus, an inexhaustible source of exploration and discovery for our little one and excellent opportunities to stimulate creativity!

The historical period has led all of us to spend a lot of time indoors, but slowly we are rediscovering the world outside the walls of the house, especially our children.

Playing outdoors allows the child to assimilate, learning, always new aspects of the reality that surrounds him and to adapt according to the different environments in which he finds himself. Being able to put your hands in the earth, knead it, touch the different natural surfaces that surround us, observe the colors, the scents, the noises that follow each other in the seasons, are all stimuli that provoke a multitude of questions to be answered.

As recent scientific studies argue, and as Danilo Casertano, founder of the Natural Schools points out, a child who learns outdoors is a happier child, thanks to what is called the 'biophilic effect': the child, who is naturally attracted to nature, feels a sense of well-being, precisely because in contact with a living environment. Nature, therefore, is an excellent opportunity to learn and to stimulate creative intelligence.

But what is creativity?

Creativity is the ability to find original solutions, new ideas, to act in an unexpected way, which does not follow standardized procedures. It is the ability to look at the world around us from an ever-changing point of view. It has to do with the ability to see beyond, to invent and transform situations into opportunities, challenges and solutions.

Creativity is a process and as such it can be divided into phases: from preparation, in which the necessary information is collected to know all the facets of a problem; at incubation, in which the information acquired in the first phase is reprocessed; then the lighting, the moment in which the solution is found and finally the realization or implementation.

Children are naturally creative because they are constantly amazed: for them everything is new, a world to discover and explore. Growing up, however, we tend to get used to using creative intelligence. However, we can all train ourselves to think creatively, breaking out of the box and starting to reason by looking at even the small daily problems from another perspective. And we can also stimulate this ability for our children!

How can nature stimulate creativity?

Playing outdoors allows the child to assimilate, while learning, always new things of the reality that surrounds him and to adapt according to the different environments in which he finds himself. Here he has the opportunity to directly experience the world and the mechanisms that regulate it, discovering, day after day, its richness and complexity. Not only! Some researches and studies, then, reveal that accustoming the child to spend time in nature helps to increase his memory capacity, his attention, the spirit of observation and aptitude for problem solving.

Here are 3 easy activities that we can do together with our children while playing in nature taken from the Creativity activity book for the little ones of the QUID + series, published by Gribaudo:

  • We take a large leaf and dip it on one side in the colored tempera. After letting it drain for a few seconds, place it on a sheet of paper and press well, using the whole hand. Then we lift the leaf and observe what footprint it left. What does it look like? Let it dry and have fun completing the design starting from the imprint of the leaf and creating a new image.
  • Let's take a white sheet and divide it into many different cells: each one corresponds to a different tactile characteristic: smooth, rough, hot, cold, hard, soft, grainy, pointed, dry, wet. We can design an object with that characteristic: for example, a glass of water in the "wet" box or a pillow in the "soft" one. Let's take a walk in the park or in the countryside, or during a trip to the mountains or even to the sea. When we are immersed in nature, we close our eyes and use our hands to explore what surrounds us! Let's focus on what we hear: how smooth the surface of a stone is, or how rough the bark of a tree! That stone over there, on the other hand, has been in the sun all day and now it's very hot! Or again, how grainy the sand is! We take the sheet that we had previously prepared and paste an element of nature close to the corresponding adjective.
  • Painting is a great form of expression that our child can use to unleash their creativity! It can also be a huge source of exploration: let's try to make some colors using ingredients that we can find at home or in nature, just like painters once did! For example, green can be obtained with very finely chopped dry parsley, to which oil is added. For brown, on the other hand, you can use black pepper kept soaking in water for many hours, until the liquid turns brown. Now that we have created these first two colors, let's try to use them to draw a beautiful tree on a sheet!
  • Training creative intelligence in nature and in the open air will help our children to think in a new way in all areas of life, even and above all, when they find themselves facing small and big challenges!

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