- The Washington Times - Sunday, November 24, 2002


•"Cracking Creativity: The Secrets of Creative Genius," by Michael Michalko, Ten Speed Press, 2001. This book explains the creative process and how children and adults can nurture their creative side in art, writing, innovation and business.

•"Growing Up Creative: Nurturing a Lifetime of Creativity," by Teresa Amabile, Crown Publishing, 1989. This book, by a Harvard professor and leading creativity expert, explores ways to nurture as well as inhibit creativity in children.

•"The Passionate Mind: Bringing Up an Intelligent and Creative Child," by Michael Schulman, Free Press, 1991. This book looks at creativity as a crucial part of learning.

•"The Creative Spirit," by Daniel Goleman, Paul Kaufman and Michael Ray, Penguin Books, 1992. This book, a companion to a PBS series of the same name, looks at children's minds and how creativity affects young people. It also discusses the nature of creativity, how parents can nurture it and schools that enhance creativity.

•"Young at Art: Teaching Toddlers Self-Expression, Problem-Solving Skills, and an Appreciation for Art," by Susan Striker, Henry Holt, 1999. This book offers ideas for parents who want to enhance a child's creativity through art, music and other hands-on activities.


•International Child Art Foundation, 1350 Connecticut Ave. NW, Washington, D.C. 20036. Phone: 202/530-1000. Web site: www.icaf.org. This nonprofit advocacy group stresses the importance of art in children's lives. Its Web site has many creative exercises and ideas for parents, educators and children.


•Crayola's Creativity Central (www.crayola.com) has many creative, artistic activities for children to enjoy.

•Susan Striker (www.susanstriker.com), a Connecticut art teacher and author of several books on children and art, has creative activities on her Web site.

•The Association of Waldorf Schools of North America outlines the creative philosophy of its education and links visitors to local Waldorf schools (www.awsna.org).

•The Smithsonian's Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation (www.si.edu/lemelson) has useful information for would-be inventors, including a link to the ongoing "Invention at Play" exhibit at the National Museum of American History. This exhibit shows the importance of play, such as drawing, doodling, creating with clay, playing games and daydreaming, as an impetus to creative genius.

•Alexandria's Torpedo Factory (www.torpedofactory.org), a working artists' center, has many classes and exhibits for children and adults at all levels.

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