The “Surprise Element” and The Development of Creativity at Home

Creative children are able to communicate effectively, interact positively in the world and have a correct self-esteem, home is the environment where it can develop freely and spontaneously with the help of parents through simple activities that in this case we will call "Element of Surprise”. (

The Surprise Element
When we buy them or make some detail to our children like toys, some special sweet, card, etc. We can work this type of activity that positively influences the increase of the creative level because the element of surprise develops highly imagination and problem solving.

1. Cold, Warm or Hot (2 to 4 years):
a. Keep the toy, candy or detail in a place of the house but within reach of your child so that he can find it.
b. When your child comes home, tell him about the surprise he has for him, he can give you some clues to guess what the detail is about.
c. Tell him he has hidden it in a “super mysterious place” and try to guess where it is.
d. Finally explain the game: every time you say: "Cold" it means that it is very far from the surprise, when you say: "Warm” it means that it is approaching it, when I say that it is “hot” it is because it is very near and when he has found it will say: “Burned”.

2. The Hidden Treasure (From 4 to 10 years)
a. Ca. Place a sign from the outside of the entrance door of the house that will be the first clue for your child. The first clue is about guessing the purpose of the mission, i.e. what it will look for or it will not be able to go to the next track, here the data must be clear and precise, should give space for the development of thought, for example, if it were to find a toy car: "Today you went up one to get to school" or it can be : "It is a means of transport", the degree of complexity of the tracks and the place where it is hidden what is intended to give the child depends on the age of the same.
b. b. When guessing the answer you can turn the sign and you will find the first indication to follow, for example: “Where do the visitors feel when they arrive at your house?”, so each track will take you from one place to another until you reach the place where you can find the Hidden object and fulfill its mission.
c. c. Remember that riddle-type clues or in question:
   ✓ Allow you to think reflexively about your child.
   ✓ They will make the game very fun making you enjoy it fully
   ✓ Teach you how to organize your knowledge by relating them to each other for effective problem solving.

Rosanna Sakuma Arevalo
Magister en Administración de la Educación

Diseñado por John Olano Mendoza. Derechos Reservados 2015