Children need time to learn and practice creative thinking skills. Studies have shown that when learning activities include opportunities for children to generate creative ideas, analyze the effectiveness of their ideas, and communicate their creative ideas in a way that makes sense to others, they outperform learners who were taught using traditional, mostly analytic approaches. As we educate children with their future in mind, we know they need to confidently read, write and communicate. Our modern world also needs people who can think creatively to generate solutions to big problems. Incorporating creative activities into literacy instruction is important for all ages! Younger children are generally exposed to literacy in creative ways. Puppet shows, picture books and multisensory activities like building scenes from stories with play dough or acting out events with action figures are common in early childhood classrooms. Picture by @paumorenophotography #creativechachacha #learningthroughplay #literacycenters #children #reggioemiliaapproach #reggioemiliainspired #STEM #china #mexico #canada #maestras #docentes #ideasclase #creativity Teaching creative thinking skills throughout elementary school and beyond, and providing regular practice with open-ended, creative activities can help children learn to value creativity and see that mistakes are a necessary part of the learning process, individualism is cool, and everyone is capable of finding innovative solutions. Additionally, for reluctant readers and writers, opportunities to build, to move, and to make art alongside traditional reading and writing instruction can help them get more excited about literacy. And motivation is key for literacy success!