Musical spontaneity remains
when children are not ‘redirected’ or ‘hampered’
by adult intervention.
They may not always need
our ‘approval’ or guidance
for making their music.
(paraphrased from the book "Songs in Their Heads" by Patricia Campbell)
Take out the first word 'musical' and insert...artistic, playful, creative, intellectual, social, linguistic, etc...
and the statement remains as convicting (at least for me.)