Here are Kaufman’s steps for cultivating creativity in children:
1. Allow time for constructive daydreaming.
In school, an example of this would be connecting the lesson plans directly to each student’s personal goals.
2. Support harmonious passion.
Instead of obsessive passion, where one’s goals are dependent on external contingencies.
3. Encourage diversity of experiences.
Allow your child to engage in anything that may shatter someone’s worldviews or assumptions of how the world works. Give children a more flexible perspective on themselves and the world.
4. Foster a sense of risk-taking.
Let children know they can be divergent thinkers.
5. Applaud outside-of-the-box thinking.
And appreciate the unique minds of children who might have learning differences. Children should feel as though there are a wide range of possibilities and not just one single answer for every problem.