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WHAT IS CREATIVITY? BOOSTING A CHILD'S VISUAL DEVELOPMENT

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Creativity begins with visual stimulation. Thus, it is the duty of every mother and father to expose their children to all sorts of images and colours early on, in order for the child to be equipped with the proper skills once the stage of actual creation comes, which is usually at age 2 to 3 years old. For infants, what creativity is is the acknowledge that a lot of colours and images exist, which is then followed, as he or she grows older, by the improved ability to build.



The visual world of infants is a "booming and buzzing confusion", as 19th century philosopher and psychologist William James said. Indeed, as soon as babies are born, their vision undergoes many rapid developments during the first year. Images that appear gray, hazy, and out of focus in the first few weeks become more defined and and colorful in the next months. When these blurs start to become clearer to the child, that's when the journey toward creativity and visual development begins.



Vision also plays a vital role in brain growth during the first year. A child's visual faculties is one of the most important factors in developing his or her creativity. By creativity, it is meant that the infant is able to distinguish and identify what he or she sees and attribute them to particular objects.



This is what creativity is about to an infant. 90% of information entering the average human brain is visual. Providing the proper visual stimulation, therefore, is vital since healthy vision leads to baby's future overall physical and mental well-being.



What infants see



Infants may have uncoordinated eye movement and appear cross-eyed over the first few months. However, they are born with the ability to focus at close range – about 8 to 12 inches, or the distance between a mother's face and the baby in her arms.



Experts say that babies are able to follow or track an object in the first few weeks. By 6 months of age, the visual and creative system is nearly adult-like in function. As a matter of fact, infants can see about 20/400 after birth, then 20/40 by age one. Focus improves over the first 2 to 3 years, and eventually approaches normal 20/20 vision. But the most dramatic change occurs during the first 8 months.



Newborn babies can distinguish light from dark but cannot see all colours. Distinguishing between colors won't be fine-tuned until around 3 months. This is why many baby books and infant stimulation toys have distinct black and white patterns. Large black and white patterns present the highest possible contrast (100%) to the eye and, thus, are the most visible and attractive to babies.



High contrast encourages visual and creative development and physical movement like wiggling, kicking, and arm waving. However, recent studies have proven that babies can also distinguish shades of gray. By about 2 months of age, the baby becomes capable of perceiving almost all of the subtle shadings that make our visual world so rich, textured and interesting.



And since there is a part of the human brain that is dedicated solely to facial recognitions, newborns are naturally drawn to human faces. This specific recognition mechanism is one of the first indicators of creativity building in a child. It helps form a bond between the mother and child, particularly during breastfeeding. By 2 months, infants can recognize facial features, such as the eyes and mouth. By 4 to 5 months, they can distinguish their mother's face from others'.



Creativity begins with visual stimulation. Thus, it is the duty of every parent or caregiver to expose their kids to all sorts of colors and images early on, in order for the child to be equipped with the proper skills once the stage of actual creation comes, which is usually at age 2 to 3 years old. For infants, what creativity is is the acknowledge that a lot of images and colors exist, which is then followed, as he or she grows older, by the improved ability to build.



Christine P Gray is a recognized authority on the subject of creativity. Her website www.selfimprovementsguide.com provides a wealth of informative articles and resources on everything you will need to know about self improvement. All rights reserved. Articles may be reprinted as long as the content and links remains intact and unchanged.


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