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March Blog 2022: Encouraging Creativity.

March 18, 2022

March Blog

Encouraging Creativity

State of Flow

Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi talks about being in the state of flow. We lose ourselves in the act of making when the world falls away and our whole being becomes absorbed in the activity.

A state of flow produces a feeling of happiness and inner fulfilment.

“In an activity nothing else seems to matter; the experience is so enjoyable that people will continue to do it, even at great cost for the sheer sake of doing it.”

Csikszentmihalyi states that flow was the most likely to occur in situations combining high skills with a level of challenge.


How can the adult facilitator help to achieve this state of flow?


All adults must have high expectations, they should understand the importance of the art experience for each individual.

Practitioners need to model, scaffold, and work alongside. Showing a willingness to be flexible and tolerant.

This will then enable the child to move out of their comfort zone, letting them take risks, raising questions and challenges. The skill of the facilitator is to create a safe environment where everyone wants to contribute their ideas.


Time and Space


These two ingredients are essential for creativity to develop.

Child led activities must happen so children are intrinsically motivated and engage in activities they enjoy.


Tina Bruce states. “Children playing will be deeply involved. It will be difficult to distract them from their play because play is deep learning.”


Young children must be encouraged to be at the height of their creative powers, because creativity involves making unusual connections and originality.