Sara K. Smith

Date of Award


Access Control

Open Access

Degree Name

Creative Studies, M.S.


International Center for Studies in Creativity


Dr. Susan Keller-Mathers


Parents are a child’s first teacher, and the environment they provide is the child’s first learning environment. Fostering creative thinking in children requires a creative mindset at home. This project describes the development of a series of web-based pieces geared toward parents to encourage a creative mindset at home that will translate into creative thinking and behavior in themselves and their children. Together these pieces serve as a guide with practical tools, resources, and activities centered around 12 themes honed from top research in creativity and child success. This guide aims to help parents provide a creatively minded home that supports and extends children’s natural creative behavior as well as their learning and growth.

Keywords: parenting, creative mindset, children, learning