How to Nurture Creativity in Kids

About our Guest, Dan Haring

Dan Haring has worked as an animator for Disney, Sony pictures, and is an author.

Some of his work includes the animation for Tangled, Incredible Hulk, Alvin and the Chipmunks, Hotel Transylvania, and Rio 2, and he now works in video games and virtual reality.

With video games and VR, it’s a little different because it uses a game engine; with movies and animation, the output is not interactive.

Growing up Exploring

Dan says that his background led to his creative nature.

He grew up in a rural area on 2 acres of land with lots of animals, and not a lot of TV or video games. It was up to them to entertain themselves they had a lot of freedom.

They could go out and explore. They would have GI Joe fights and play in the sandbox. He and his brother would ride bikes around the town. It really helped his creativity.

Raising Creative Kids

With his own kids, they struggle with this because they have a small backyard and there isn’t as much for the kids to do out there.

His kids love screens like most screens do. Their van has a DVD player in it and the kids all want to watch a movie even on a short drive.

“When we were young,” Dan says, “we had to use our imaginations, it’s a concern, when kids always feel the need to be entertained and aren’t able to find that creativity inside themselves and use their imagination and creativity to get along without being shown something.”

Fostering Creativity

To foster creativity and the desire to use imagination, adults need to back off and allow kids to have more free time to be able to be kids.