# Applying Creative Thinking to Mathematics

### verify that those ideas are correct.

Creative thinking enables children to approach problem-solving in a systematic manner by coming up with a plan to provide possible solutions; this implies that the child has a true grasp of the Mathematical concepts by being able to apply what he/she understands. Some people believe that creativity in a child is just an inborn trait but I believe that it’s a way of thinking which can be nurtured from an early age.

As parents, how then can you go about nurturing your child’s mathematical mind?

First of all, parents can start by letting their children discover that Maths is actually embedded in their daily lives. And this will help engage them in the process of doing Maths. For many kids, observing Maths being applied in the real world makes it easier for them to understand how Mathematical concepts work.

Look For Patterns

Young children can be taught to look out for patterns and sequences. You can use simple activities such as sorting out toys, going for walks in the parks and setting the table for meals to guide them to “spot” patterns in shapes, colours, sizes and numbers. In this way, children can also hone their observational skills.

Draw Ideas from Day-to-Day Living to Illustrate Maths Concepts

Where possible, make Maths relatable to your child. For example, when explaining the conversion of metres into centimetres and vice versa to Primary Two children, you can help them visualise by utilising a height measuring tape mounted against the wall, or getting them to measure different objects to get a sense of what constitutes different lengths.

Have Regular “Maths Chats” with your Children