Creativity and imagination are the most cherished parts of childhood. I love watching my little monkeys in their moments of crazy make believe games and stories.
My six year old came home from school today with a story he wrote about warriors and dragons. It was about him and his best friend using their super powers to battle the dragons and rescue both of their little brothers from the dungeon. He was so proud of his story. At dinner I asked what his favorite part of his day was. He said it was bringing his “book” home to show me. Oh how I love that little guy!
This post is in honor of encouraging and developing creativity. The idea is to pick a project, tell the kids what they are making, and then give them all of the supplies they need. Then, let them go to town with it. DO NOT guide them in anyway. Sure, if they need help squeezing the glue give them a little help, but make sure they are placing each piece where they want it. If they want a mouth on the forehead and seven eyes on the chin, let them. This is their creation.
There are times when you are doing projects where you might guide your child to using the correct color or putting the pieces in the correct place because you want to teach them about that specific object you are making. This is not one of those times. Let them have fun with this and create their own masterpiece. Some kids may want to put the parts in the right place and that is okay too. If anything, it can teach us to recognize and embrace the sweet and unique personalities each child has.
I decided to do clowns because they are already silly to begin with. I pre-cut different shapes that could be used for parts of the clown face, put out a pile of googly eyes and a couple bottles of glue and let the kids create their masterpieces.
About Jamie Hinckley
I am a mom of three crazy boys! We love life, play hard, and ALWAYS get messy! Life is busy and full of fun, jumping, crashing, skinned knees, rough housing, torn jeans, scratches, but most of all LOVE. Yes, life is crazy. Actually its completely nuts, but I wouldn't change a thing! We love life and can't wait for our next adventure... and one day, possibly a little girl! Haha!