Listening to good classical music is a good way to get your mind in a creative mode.
An exchange student once told me that the school children in Japan are required to listen to classical music before their lessons begin.
Classical music engages both sides of your brain at once. Not sure who to start with? Johann Sebastian Bach would be good! I also love George Frideric Handel .
Encourage your children to read, read, read! Turn off the TV and read. The more they read the more connections they will make. Don’t read just fiction, read biographies. There is nothing like reading about the lives of great men and women who used their creativity to overcome huge obstacles to accomplish marvelous things. Watching the movie does not compare to reading the book! If you have children that struggle with reading there are TONS of audio books at your library and online for download.
Carry a Big Stick is one of our favorite biographies. It is about President Theodore Roosevelt. If you want to know about a man that was always thinking of creative ways to handle situations it was President Roosevelt!!!