Let's get started.  Today I'd like to introduce you to some small projects that you can use to introduce your child or student to creativity.  Learning and creativity go hand in hand and should become lifelong endeavors.

The first thing you should do, as stated by "7 Ways to Foster Creativity in Your Kids" an article from Greater Good, The Science of a Meaningful Life, is to provide the resources your child needs for creative expression.

Let's examine this.  Your resources don't need to be fancy or expensive, in fact, it is suggested that it be time more than things.  Giving kids unencumbered time from rules and structure to just play.  This is so important as it has almost become impossible to let urban kids play outdoors and be kids.  Recently, I let my 1st graders become kings and queens by making hats and knighting them and that went into all sorts of play.  It was fun watching their imaginations come to life.  They began making swords, guarding their castles, making bow and arrows, shields and started chasing each other around the room (I had to stop that, however) but they enjoyed themselves with good old-fashioned play.  The key is space and time and a few items that can start their imaginations running.

I always felt that toys from Toys R Us, or any toy manufacturer for that reason, limits real play because it's forcing them to play using someone else's ideas.  When kids are given their own simple items to play with, I believe it allows their imagination to run free.

This video will teach you how to create simple fun for kids.  You will be surprised how creative your child can become when his or her imagination is let loose.  We will visit the other 6 ways in subsequent blogs.

Thank you as usual for being a great sport.  And remember,

"Be always artistically focused and life beautiful"......smooches!!

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