Creative writing is an activity that even children can enjoy. It is an art that allows them to write freely and creatively to express their thoughts, emotions and feelings. This kind of writing offers numerous benefits:
1. Promotes creativity and imagination
Children are naturally imaginative, and one way to express this natural ability is through creative writing. Creative writing encourages them to think outside the box and broaden their imagination. In the process, children will also be able to enhance their though processes which can help them become successful in many areas such as in analytical and problem solving.
2. Develops language skills
Creative writing is a great way for children to practice the language skills they learn in school. It allows them to practice on proper punctuation, grammar, spelling, word usage and choice of words. At the same time, they will be able to learn from their mistakes in a fun way.
3. Develops self-confidence
Children feel better when they are able to write their thoughts and get appreciation from others especially their parents. It gives them more self-confidence in asserting themselves and expressing their thoughts. Children with strong self-confidence often become good leaders in the future.
4. Allows self-expression
Some children who have difficulty in expressing themselves find creative writing as a good outlet of their thoughts and emotions. Many parents are able to grasp and understand more about the inner thoughts of their children by their writings. Additionally, creative writing is also a good therapy for children who have challenges in socializing with others.
5. Improves their skills in other areas
Creative writing helps children become better in other subjects. There are studies that show that children who are involved in creative writing generally perform better in other subjects such as mathematics and science. Creative writing challenges their mind to think beyond what is obvious, and this attitude is something that is also applicable in the other subjects.
6. Develops reading skills
The skill in reading comes out naturally as your child learns to write. Children who are engaged in creative writing are able to exercise their reading skills every time they write, allowing them to read faster and be able to comprehend what they are reading.
7. Develops self-identity
Children will also be able to develop self-identity by writing creatively. That identity can become the trademark of the child’s writings as he or she grows old and continually writes.
8. Allows children to be more mindful of the things around them
With creative writing, children will be able to see the world around in a different way as they become more mindful even of the small and simple things. For instance, many people may not be able to appreciate the flowers in the pathway or the stars in the night sky. But children who are into creative writing generally notice and appreciate them, as is expressed in their writings.
9. Teaches empathy.
Creative writing also teaches children especially the older ones to be more empathetic. As they write about a particular character, they are able to internalize the character of that person, like how they behave or how they feel. Once they see that character in other people, they would be able to understand them more.
10. Teaches your child to become a better person
Creative writing is a good form of hobby for children to develop. It keeps them occupied on profitable things rather than waste their time in watching television or playing computer games. It also keeps them away from the negative influences of modern technologies. Overall, it helps them to become a better person as they see the world in another perspective. A creative mind is a working mind. So you could expect children who are into creative writing to be always thinking and using their brains.
There are numerous benefits of creative writing in children. If your child enjoys doing it, nurture it and it will help your child a long way.