Last year I was sitting in a meeting, open-house style for my oldest daughter and her newest teacher. Once a week, I learned, she would go to this new teacher and have her mind “stretched” in her TARGET class. This new teacher also told us to encourage their creativity and not to stifle it, even if if drives us absolutely crazy!
And while it does tend to drive me crazy, it’s also made me realize that she needs to be doing everything she wants to be creative because she’s done some amazing things!
We’ve recently checked out the newest episodes of Creative Galaxy on Amazon Prime Instant Video with the girls. Not only has it inspired even more creativity from them (painting with candy), it has also shown me ideas to encourage and inspire them.
One of the episodes shows characters Arty and Epiphany using various pieces from their recycling to make new and fun things. Usually when I receive a shipping box, I take everything out, collapse the box and place it in recycling. Instead, one day, I saved all of the boxes and packaging and placed them near the playroom. I said nothing else.
The girls got home from school, saw the boxes, asked if they could have them and disappeared into the playroom, only once coming out asking to use the scissors.
At that point, I had to peek in and see what they were up to. They had already taped up a piece of the box and made an elevator and were working on other pieces. I casually asked what they were up to and they let me know they were working on a dollhouse.
When they finished, they showed me their completed work and they were so very proud, way more proud than they were of any other project that was guided. They made a dollhouse with working doors and windows, a pony house (not a tall), some awnings, ramps, tables and chairs and more. I just need to figure out how to get some tape to come in our packaging because they used an entire roll!
Our 8 and 6 year olds watched the show with their 2 year old sister. They thought it was fun how they made their food into different shapes to make it more appealing thus fixing their sandwich sale and getting more customers!
While they said characters Arty and Epiphany were “too baby” for them, they watched all of the newest episodes and created more than they usually do. Maybe that was me encouraging more or maybe it was watching the Arty travel around the galaxy creatively thinking through crafts, music and dance. Either way, I think they will be tuning in to see what silly creative project they take on next!
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