About the 10 intelligences

About the 10 intelligences

Theoretically, intelligence is not just measured on intellectual understanding. Intelligence is a much broader concept which includes education, self-perception, social skills, the ability to perceive, remember, adapt, resonate, classify, philosophise, etc. With this in mind, ten intelligences can be stimulated through creativity.

1. IMAGE-WISE


Spatial intelligence: Activities in which children must use their abilities to perceive, recognize and express themselves within the spatial, real world.

Enhanced by activities in which children must use their abilities to perceive, recognise and express themselves within the spatial, real world.

This happens through working with clay modelling, mosaics, candle-making, moulding, making sweets, plaster moulding and papier-mâché.

 


 

2. LIFE-WISE


Existential intelligence: Activities in which children must use their abilities to perceive, recognize and express themselves within the spatial, real world.

Enhanced by activities in which children must use their abilities to perceive, recognise and express themselves within the spatial, real world.

This happens through working with clay modelling, mosaics, candle-making, moulding, making sweets, plaster moulding and papier-mâché.

 


 

3. INTUITION-WISE


Intuitive intelligence: Activities in which children must use their abilities to predict a reaction pattern.

This is enhanced by activities in which children must use their abilities to sense what (perhaps) will happen, and by anticipating and thinking synchronously.

This happens through experimenting with new, creative materials, exploring the natural environment, collecting things and objects - and using glue, tape, applying lacquer and paint in new ways.
 


 

4. ME-WISE


Intrapersonal intelligence: Activities in which children must use their abilities to achieve self-awareness and dare to make their own choices, even if others do not share their opinion.

This is enhanced by activities in which children must use their self-awareness, the ability to act and make personal decisions in a way which is adapted to match their surroundings.

This happens through using a wide variety of different materials, crayons, paper, cardboard, beads, watercolour, jewellery parts, whereby they can display and exhibit something they have produced themselves thus expressing their personal style.
 


 

5. BODY-WISE


Physical-kinaesthetic intelligence: Activities in which children must use their body and muscle strength to express ideas and feelings.

Enhanced by activities in which children must use their physiognomy, physical strength and body to express ideas and feelings. 

This happens through Finger-painting, making feet and hand prints, painting and decorating partitions and scenery, making drawings and designs on large surfaces, producing large collages and sculptures and when they use the implements and tools.
 


 

6. MUSIC-WISE


Musical intelligence: Activities in which children must use their abilities to comprehend and express moods - for example in colour and shape - through sounds and melodies. 

Enhanced by activities in which children must use their abilities to comprehend and express rhythms, tones, timbres and melodies. This happens through listening to music, timbres and sounds and use crayons, acrylic paint, lacquer, glue and watercolours to replicate the beauty of music.

To be inspired by music to express themselves on canvas, cardboard and paper. 
 


 

7. NATURE-WISE


Naturalistic intelligence: Activities in which children must use their abilities to discover, understand, respect and copy Nature. 

This is enhanced by activities in which children must use their abilities to sense, discover, replicate, imitate and understand Nature. To learn about the forces of Nature and know how they affect people's living conditions.

This happens through creating collages with glue and natural objects. Shaping colouring, pressing and decorating natural objects and to replicate Nature's diversity through drawing and painting. 
 


 

8. WORD-WISE


Linguistic intelligence: Activities in which children must use their abilities to think in sentences and show curiosity towards new words and foreign languages.  

Enhanced by activities in which children must use their abilities to think in terms of speech, use language and have aptitude for learning new words and foreign languages. This happens through learning about new materials and tools that can be used only in certain ways. Experimenting with many different kinds of materials and explain and narrate about the things they produce.
 


 

9. GROUP-WISE


Interpersonal intelligence: Activities in which children must use their abilities distinguish between different emotions in other people and acticities which require cooperation in order to succeed. 

This is enhanced by activities in which children must use their abilities to distinguish moods and emotions in other people and to learn to work together. This happens through using different materials and working together to produce images. Working together to make gifts for each other and help and narrate about each other's ideas and desires.
 


 

10. NUMBERS-WISE


Logical-mathematic intelligence: Activities in which children must use their abilities to calculate, in practice, to achieve the desired result. 

Enhanced by activities in which children must use their abilities in mathematics (but also when playing with number theory, equations, geometry, topology). This happens through using materials for counting, calculating or measuring in terms of height, length, weight, strength, density and volume.

Mathematics is part of alle artistic activities in fun and educational ways.
 

The Source of Creative Learning

Theoretically, intelligence is not just measured on the capacity of intellectual understanding. Intelligence is a much broader concept which includes education, self-perception, social skills, the ability to perceive, remember, adapt, resonate, classify, philosophise, etc. Bearing this in mind, our source for Creative Learning, Jørn Martin Steenhold, points out that ten intelligences can actually be stimulated in three to eleven-year-old children through creative projects.

Creative learning - symbol explanation

The numbers indicate the age at which children have the mental and motor skills to master the described idea or process.
Creative learning is a free educational tool for Nursery supervisors, teachers and parents. Download up to 100 printable instructions in this category from our website and read more about how the stimulation of each intelligence is defined. A lot of projects enhance more than just one intelligence.