Creativity begins in infancy and can be developed when children grow up. Young children are at their peak of creative functioning, which declines with age. They are unique individuals and are highly imaginative. Creativity and imagination are strongly related. Even though all children are capable of creativity, the potential to create remains dormant without practice. Creativity requires practice to flourish. Therefore, creativity plays an important role as much as knowledge does. To educate children, creativity also needs to be paid attention too. Children should be encouraged to represent their world creatively by allowing them to choose what they want to make; how they want to go about making it; what it will end up looking like. It is important to challenge them that there is no one right answer for the question. There are many possibilities. To encourage children to think imaginatively and creatively, it is important not to limit the solution or result of any problem. Many possibilities should be given to children to challenge them to try and to think unconventionally. Everything they could imagine can be real. Similarly, things in real life can be recognized in many ways. There is more than one aspect of everything and there is more than one way to look at things in life. Children won't really understand the aspect of anything until they learn to see it with more than one possibility. Even though the world of reality sometimes has limits, the world of imagination is boundless. As a result, being creative and imaginative is important. If they can imagine it, they can create it. If they can dream it, they can become it. They will have a potential to become what they would like to be.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Computer animation; Interactive multimedia; Creative ability in children; Creative thinking

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Department, Program, or Center

School of Film and Animation (CIAS)


Byrne, Peter

Advisor/Committee Member

Jackson, Chris


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