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Contents

Please Read This First...................................................................................2

Terms of Use .................................................................................................................... 2

Disclaimer......................................................................................................................... 2

Contents .........................................................................................................3

About The Author ..........................................................................................7

Unesco on Creativity .....................................................................................8

Why Nurturing Creative Children is So Important ......................................9

Preface..........................................................................................................10

Tips for Nurturing Creative and Happy Children.......................................14

Tip No.1 - Affirmations ...................................................................................................... 14

Mind exercise 1 .............................................................................................................. 14

Tip No. 2 - Choosing the Right Toys................................................................................ 15

Mind exercise 2 .............................................................................................................. 16

Tip No. 3 - Music ................................................................................................................ 16

Mind exercise 3 .............................................................................................................. 17

Tip No. 4 - A Trip to the Supermarket .............................................................................. 17

Mind exercise 4 .............................................................................................................. 18

Tip No. 5: Swimming Underwater: ................................................................................... 18

Mind exercise 5 .............................................................................................................. 19

Tip No. 6 - Take a walk in the garden............................................................................... 19

Mind exercise 6 .............................................................................................................. 19

Tip No. 7 Creative Art ........................................................................................................ 20

Mind exercise 7 .............................................................................................................. 20

Tip No. 8 Fantasy Play....................................................................................................... 21

Mind exercise 8 .............................................................................................................. 22

Tip No. 9 – Fun with empty boxes.................................................................................... 22

Mind exercise 9 .............................................................................................................. 22

Tip No. 10 - The Map of the World.................................................................................... 23

Mind exercise 10 ............................................................................................................ 23

Tip No. 11 - Watching Clouds........................................................................................... 23

Mind exercise 11 ............................................................................................................ 24

Tip No. 12 - What Are They Selling? ................................................................................ 24

Mind exercise 12 ............................................................................................................ 25

Tip No. 13 - Benefits of Father’s Involvement ................................................................ 25

Mind exercise 13 ............................................................................................................ 26

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Tip No. 14 - Jig-saw Puzzles............................................................................................. 26

Mind exercise 14 ............................................................................................................ 26

Tip No. 15 - Paper Fantasy................................................................................................ 26

Mind exercise 15 ............................................................................................................ 27

Tip No. 16 - Stacking Cans ............................................................................................... 27

Mind exercise 16 ............................................................................................................ 27

Tip No. 17 – Singing .......................................................................................................... 28

Mind exercise 17 ............................................................................................................ 28

Tip No. 18 – Fun with coins .............................................................................................. 29

Mind exercise 18 ............................................................................................................ 29

Tip 19 - Brain Food ............................................................................................................ 29

Tip No. 20 - Concentrate on Strengths not Weaknesses............................................... 30

Mind exercise 20 ............................................................................................................ 31

Tip No. 21: Telling Fairy Tales.......................................................................................... 31

Mind exercise 21 ............................................................................................................ 32

Tip No. 22: Juggling .......................................................................................................... 32

Mind exercise 22 ............................................................................................................ 33

Tip No. 23 – The Orange Experience ............................................................................... 33

Mind exercise 23 ............................................................................................................ 34

Tip No. 24 - Milk-powder scoop........................................................................................ 34

Mind exercise 24 ............................................................................................................ 35

Tip No. 25 – Brainteasers.................................................................................................. 35

Mind exercise 25 ............................................................................................................ 36

Tip No. 26 – Visits to Science Centers and Museums ................................................... 36

Mind exercise 26 ............................................................................................................ 37

Tip No. 27 – Animal Magic ................................................................................................ 37

Mind exercise 27 ............................................................................................................ 38

Tip No. 28 – Playing with Dough ...................................................................................... 38

Mind exercise 28 ............................................................................................................ 39

Tip No. 29 – Fun with Shadows........................................................................................ 40

Mind exercise 29 ............................................................................................................ 40

Tip No. 30 - Collage ........................................................................................................... 40

Mind exercise 30 ............................................................................................................ 41

The Creative Mischiefs of Little Kamal ......................................................42

Invisible Art – “Germ Warfare”..................................................................................... 42

Feline Helpers ................................................................................................................ 43

Balanced Meal................................................................................................................ 43

A Little Boy and the Sea................................................................................................ 43

Education ....................................................................................................................... 44

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In Praise of Black Sheep .............................................................................47

The Edison Trait................................................................................................................. 50

High Achievers with Learning Problems ...................................................55

If I Had My Child to Raise Over Again ........................................................57

YKK Quotes on Nurturing Creativity in Children ......................................58

Artists ............................................................................................................................. 58

Boredom ......................................................................................................................... 58

Brain................................................................................................................................ 58

Breast-feeding................................................................................................................ 58

Childhood ....................................................................................................................... 58

Community ..................................................................................................................... 59

Computers...................................................................................................................... 59

Creativity ........................................................................................................................ 59

Education ....................................................................................................................... 60

Environment................................................................................................................... 61

Examinations ................................................................................................................. 61

Fairy Tales ...................................................................................................................... 62

Family ............................................................................................................................. 62

Games............................................................................................................................. 62

Genius............................................................................................................................. 62

Gifted............................................................................................................................... 63

Grown-ups...................................................................................................................... 64

Home............................................................................................................................... 64

Homework ...................................................................................................................... 64

Imagination..................................................................................................................... 64

Inspiration ...................................................................................................................... 65

Judgement...................................................................................................................... 65

Learning.......................................................................................................................... 65

Mind................................................................................................................................. 65

Music............................................................................................................................... 66

Parents............................................................................................................................ 66

Play.................................................................................................................................. 66

Playfulness..................................................................................................................... 67

Reflection ....................................................................................................................... 67

Schools........................................................................................................................... 68

Swimming....................................................................................................................... 69

Teachers ......................................................................................................................... 69

Technology..................................................................................................................... 70

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Television ....................................................................................................................... 70

Theatre............................................................................................................................ 70

Thinkers.......................................................................................................................... 70

Toys................................................................................................................................. 70

Recommended Websites ............................................................................72

Feedback from a Parent ..............................................................................75

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About The Author

Dr.YKK Unzips Your Mind To Make

Your Mind bloom With Creativity

Dr. Yew Kam Keong, (Dr. YKK) is the father of four wonderful and lovely

children, two girls and two boys.

He was one of the eight international creativity advisers to the famous toy

company Lego, Denmark to spearhead a global non-profit project The

Next Generation Forum to promote creativity to the children of the world.

Dr. YKK has created many programs for parents, teachers and children to

promote creativity and inventions, among which are:

• Creative Parenting Workshops

• Students Invention Workshops

• Young Inventors Camp

He was:

The founder president of the Invention and Design

Association of Sarawak (IDEAS).

Founder member of Malaysian Mensa

Founder member of the Malaysian Invention and Design

Society (MINDS) and

Former adviser to the president of the International

Federation of Invention Associations (IFIA) based in Geneva,

Switzerland.

Dr.YKK can be contacted at: drykk@mindbloom.net or yewkk@yahoo.com

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Unesco on Creativity

All human beings have a need and a capacity to create. From weaving to

websites, they seek outlets for artistic self-expression and for contributing

to the greater community. The encouragement of creativity from an early

age is one of the best guarantees of growth in a healthy environment of

self-esteem and mutual respect, critical ingredients for building a culture

of peace.

But creativity does not occur in a vacuum. It must be nurtured, allowed

the freedom to exist and grow legally protected, and it must not be

repressed or censored. UNESCO seeks to foster a social and legal

environment that is conductive to creative activity and critical thinking in

all its forms. It encourages both individual creativity, with its roots in

traditional or popular culture, and industrial creativity, which draws its

force from social and economic institutions that stimulate market activity

and innovation.

UNESCO : United Nations Education , Scientific & Cultural Organization

Source : http://www.unesco.org/culture/creativity

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Why Nurturing Creative Children is So Important

“The success of early childhood education will depend on whether it can

connect the learning environments of home and school. It should be built

on the interaction and communication between children, teachers and

parents.” Carla Rinaldi

“To give a fair chance to potential creativity is a matter of life and death

to any society.” Arnold Toynbee

“From now on the big fortunes in this world will be made by selling

thoughts instead of things.” George Gilder

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Preface

This book is especially written for parents and teachers who want to

nurture their children’s potential so that they can live happy and fulfilling

lives. It is based on the knowledge and experience that I gained as one of

the eight international creativity advisers to the famous toy-maker, Lego

on its global project The Next Generation Forum to promote creativity to

the children of the world.

I am also fortunate to have as my mentor, Prof. Fred Amram , Morse

Alumni Distinguished Professor of Creativity and Communication at the

University of Minnesota, USA.

Being a father of four children too, helps in gaining the practical

experience necessary to write this book.

I certainly owe a debt of gratitude to the parents who attended my

Creative Parenting seminars as they contributed positively to some of the ideas shared in this book.

Most parents and teachers think that the single most important factor for

success in life is getting good grades in school. Consequently they devote

a considerable amount of energy and resources to equip their children to

achieve academic excellence.

This, in turn, exerts tremendous pressure on their children to obtain good

grades in school thereby unwittingly depriving their children of the joy of

learning and perhaps even a happy childhood.

But are good grades a reliable indicator for success in life? Not necessarily

so because, more than ever before in this technology-based and highly

connected world, good thinking skills - particularly creative thinking - is

the most prized asset for success.

If your children cannot think well, they can be easily be replaced by

computers and machines in their working lives.

Then, of course, there's the question of how to nurture creativity in our

children. At a time when standardized examinations demand for

prescribed answers, when our children have little time to play, to

daydream and to explore the world around them, it's easy for parents who

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value creativity to feel at a loss of what to do. It is my intention that this

book will act like a compass to provide a sense of purpose and direction to

you.

However, unlike a compass, the path is never straight.

You will have to use your own discretion and judgment as a parent or

teacher to decide on what to accept and what not to accept, for every

child is unique.

My youngest daughter Li Ching who is twelve now, gives me the greatest

joy of fatherhood. She constantly challenges me to come out with my own

creative stories according to her specifications during bedtime. The stories

could be about her adventures with fairy tale characters like Snow White

and Cinderella, or how animals became what they are, for example, how

do giraffes get their long necks? Or, how do fruits take on their present

form? For example, how did the durian fruit get its thorns? The stories

that I have told her during the past six years could easily fill an

encyclopedia! At times , I would have to invent games to play with her.

While traveling in the car, she would insist for me to come out with riddles

based on the things that she can see both inside and outside the car.

Bearing the above in mind, this book is divided into four sections:

1.] 30 Tips For Nurturing Creative & Happy Children

Each of these 30 tips provide an explanation on why it nurtures creativity,

followed by an activity that you could do with your children to stimulate

their creativity. Most the activities do not cost you any money and only a

handful may cost you a few dollars. Your biggest investment in nurturing

your children is the time that you spend with them.

2.] The Creative Mischief's Of Little Kamal

These are a series of stories about the creative mischief's of a typical

little boy named Kamal. The stories are to demonstrate to you that all

young children are inherently creative. If you observe your children in

their daily dealings with you, I have no doubt that you will find creative

mischiefs too. Do not get angry with them but smile in satisfaction that

you have creative children. It is indeed one of the greatest joys of

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parenthood .

3] In Praise Of Black Sheep

This short article by Johann Christoph Arnold enlightens us on the

potential that the so-called problem children possessed. These children

are actually unpolished diamonds and it is up to you as parents and

teachers to polish them. This article is followed by examples of problem

children who went on to become highly successful and prominent

individuals. Please treat your so-called problem children with compassion

and understanding and nurture them so that their inner diamond will

ultimately shine through.

4] YKK Quotes On Nurturing Creative Children

These quotes were extracted from books and articles written by

educators, child psychologists , prominent people and parents. They are

not meant just to be read and forgotten but rather to be reflected upon.

They are truly gems of wisdom on nurturing creative and happy children.

Please do not read them all at one reading, and you need not read them

in any particular order. Just pick the ones you like (probably two or

three), and relate them to your practice of raising your children.

You need not agree with everything that is being quoted. I believe that

just reflecting on them will make you a better parent or teacher.

My mentor, Prof. Fred Amram reminded me that the approach is more

important than the activity. How an activity is done and taught is more

important than what the activity is and more important than the product.

This book is the first in a series of books that I will be writing about

creativity for children, parents and teachers.

My next book will be about creative activities for secondary school

students that could be carried out in schools.

This will be followed by creative fun at home and creative learning of basic

scientific principles.

I value your feedback. If your comments or sharing of ideas or

information are incorporated into any of many forthcoming books, you will

get a personally autographed copy as a token of my appreciation for your

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contribution. You can email me at yewkk@yahoo.com.

You could also write to my company Mindbloom for my personal attention.

Thank you for permitting me to share my ideas with you. May this book

have a positive impact on your life and those of your children

Yew Kam Keong

CE & Chief Mind Unzipper

Mindbloom Sdn. Bhd.

29 Feb 2004

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Tips for Nurturing Creative and Happy Children

Tip No.1 - Affirmations

“If the right brain abilities are developed between the ages of zero to six,

they will be with a child for life. As such, pulling out the brain’s natural

abilities should take priority over other needs, so that the child need not

suffer at all in learning anything in the future.” Makato Shichida

It is very important to plant positive thoughts and self-confidence into our

children’s minds. The best time to do this is just before they go to sleep at

night and waking them up in the morning.

For example, if your children are going to sit for a math test, whisper to

him or her (preferably in their left ear) the following message for several

days just when they are drowsy and just about to fall asleep: “You love

math and will do very well in your test,” or something similar to this.

Repeat this early in the morning just when they are on the verge of

waking up.

Question: How can this nurture creativity in my children?

Response: When your child is sleepy or drowsy, his brain is in the theta

brain-wave mode. In this state, his right brain or creative brain is

dominant. This means that he will be much more receptive to your

positive messages. The left ear is a much more effective pathway to the

right brain. That’s why you should whisper in his left ear.

A word of warning is important here. Negative words have similar effects

so be careful in your choice of words.

Mind exercise 1

A set of alphabet cubes is great for learning

words. Get a set and ask your child to spell

some simple words. Now, deliberately

remove the letter “T” and ask your child to

spell the word “CAT”.

Answer 1: A creative solution would be to

use several cubes to construct the letter “T” itself.

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Tip No. 2 - Choosing the Right Toys

“Children who are allowed to explore, regard a toy as a toy or tool; a

chance to be active, along the lines of ‘what can I do with this toy?’. Those

children will manipulate the tools to create stories and subsequently

something which is meaningful to them.” Maria Montessori

Apply the following guidelines when choosing the right toys for your

children:

? • Are they safe for your children’s age?

? • Does it allow your children to add their imagination when

playing with it?

? • Is it fun?

? • Is it versatile?

? • Does it challenge the children?

Frederich Froebel, who created the world's first kindergarten in 1837,

used physical objects such as balls, building blocks and sticks to help

children explore physical shapes and spark their imagination through

open-ended play.

Children attached symbolic meaning to their creations.

Question 2: How can this nurture creativity in my children?

Response 2: Toys are very important for mental development. The toys

that a child plays with can unlock the door to creativity and learning. Each

new experience helps to turn the key to unlock more creativity and

learning.

Choosing the right toys is very important.

In my opinion, the best guide for choosing the right toy is the book by Dr.

Stevanne Auerbach (affectionately known as “Dr. Toy”) , "Dr. Toy's Smart

Play - How to Raise a Child with a High P.Q. (Play Quotient)"

According to Dr. Toy, "Playful people are less stressed, more inquisitive,

more open to new experiences, more creative, and more willing to take

risks. Children with high P.Q. are willing to share their enthusiasm for play

with their siblings, friends and family."

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Mind exercise 2

How do you tie a knot on your handkerchief without letting go of the two

ends?

Answer 2: Hold the two ends of the

handkerchief with your arms folded.

Unfold your arms and the knot is tied!

Tip No. 3 - Music

Music is the super-highway to the learning and memory system. Terry

Wyler Webb

When our children are studying or doing some deep thinking, switch on

Baroque music. The music serves to tune their brainwaves, release

tension and has a general effect of producing calm and of relaxing the

mind.

This is particularly important in our modern living environment as we are

constantly bombarded by all sorts of noise.

Question 3: How can this nurture creativity in my children?

Response 3: Music can be used to enhance our children’s creative

abilities, improve their health, increase their intelligence and enable them

to enjoy good health and emotional stability.

This claim was made by Don Campbell, an internationally known musician,

educator and author of the book, " The Mozart Effect: Tapping The Power

of Music To Heal The Body, Strengthen The Mind and Unlock The Creative

Spirit’.

Music provides nutrition for mind-body development. Learning to play

music and developing rhythm is even better than just listening to it.

An earlier book entitled, "Superlearning" by Sheila Ostrader and Lynn

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Schroeder describes many experiments that demonstrated the correlation

between creativity, learning and music.

The Bulgarian scientist Georgi Lozanov did the pioneering work in this

area. Basically, the right music was able to tune the brainwaves to the

desired mode for creativity and learning.

The most effective type of music is Baroque music which includes: Mozart,

Vivaldi, Bach and Handel.

Mind exercise 3

How do you produce different musical notes using a set of glasses?

Answer 3: Fill a set of 5 or more glasses

(preferably crystal or other thin glasses) with

different amounts of water. Strike the

glasses’ rims gently one by one with a metal

spoon. They will each make a different

sound, because the frequency of the sound

waves depends on the distance from the rim

of the glass to the surface of the water.

Tip No. 4 - A Trip to the Supermarket

When it comes to children, parental involvement is a must. This is

because children often won't know they have an interest in something

until after their parents bring it to their attention. John Andersen

On your next trip to the supermarket, play

the following game with your children. Tell

them to look at different types of packaging

and describe the shapes, sizes, colors and

the way they are stacked together.

Question 4: How can this nurture

creativity in my children?

Response 4: By asking questions about the interesting nature of

packaging materials, you can help to broaden an inquisitive mind in your

child. The packages shouting in their vivid colors to shoppers, also aid the

child to strengthen his/her familiarity with colors, shapes and sizes.

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Mind exercise 4

What product changes its shape when you take it out of its packaging?

Answer 4: All liquid products. First of all, tell your child that bottles and cans are also packaging. Secondly, the learning experience is that liquids

take up the shape of its container.

Tip No. 5: Swimming Underwater:

Underwater swimming improves the physical condition of your brain and is

an easy way to increase intelligence, even your own already-high

intelligence. Win Wenger

Enroll your children in swimming lessons and encourage them to spend as

much time as possible under water.

You might do this by playing some games, such as throwing some coins

into the pool and asking your children to look for them.

Another way is to have a competition on who can hold their breath the

longest under water, provided of course that your child is old enough to

understand the importance of breathing.

Question 5: How can this nurture creativity in my children?

Response 5: Dr. Win Wenger, a creativity expert and author of, "The

Einstein Factor - A Proven New Method for Increasing Your Intelligence"

related his childhood experiences. He shot up from a lackluster

performance at the bottom of the class to the top of the class after

swimming under water for several hours every day in the summer of

1959.

There is a scientific basis for this technique.

Dr. Robert Doman, medical director of the Philadelphia Institute for the

Achievement of the Human Potential provided an explanation. He

explained that underwater swimming increases the carbon dioxide content

in the blood. This causes a signal to warn our bodies that our oxygen

supply is in danger of being cut off.

In response, the carotid arteries that carry blood to our heads dilate

(widen) and allow more blood to flow through them, saturating our brains

in an exceptionally rich flow of oxygenated blood.

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Mind exercise 5

Pour some ice-cold water into a clear glass. Notice the water droplets

formed on the outside surface of the glass. How would you determine

whether the water droplets come from the ice-water inside the glass?

Answer 5: Put some coloring into the ice-water inside the glass. Then,

get white tissue paper and wipe the outside droplets with it. Does the

paper take up the color of the ice-water or remain white?

The paper remains white proving that the water droplets did not come

from inside the glass. They are formed due to the condensation of the

water from the air.

Tip No. 6 - Take a walk in the garden

Encourage your child to appreciate the inspiration that surrounds him.

Marvel at the power of the wind, the immensity of the ocean, the

perfection of a snowflake, the night sky, or the rugged beauty of a

mountain range. Brenda Nixon

Discover the body’s senses in the comfort of your own garden or a public

park with your child. Encourage your child to see, feel, smell, hear and

sample the taste of edible fruits and flowers. Complete this sensory

adventure by nurturing the child to develop a fine acumen to the sounds

of nature – be it birds, insects and the hustle of the wind.

Flowers, in particular, hold unbound fascination for the child.

Question 6: How can this nurture creativity in my children?

Response 6: The five senses are pathways to the brain. Frequent sensory

adventures like these stimulate your children’s mental development. They

help them associate the senses in the identification of food, plants,

animals and other objects.

These experiences open new pathways to the brain. Overall, stimulating

the five basic senses promotes the mental, physical and spiritual

development of children.

Mind exercise 6

Ask your children to smell a piece of freshly fried chicken or any good

aroma food. Then, ask them to take a bite and taste it. Next, give them a

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sip of water and ask them to pinch their noses so that they will not be

able to smell. Now, get them to eat the same piece of food again. Is there

a difference?

Answer 6: Yes there will be a difference. Our sense of taste depends on

the smell. Food will taste bland if there is no smell. Encourage your

children to make the association.