While the kids are creating crafts, I am crafting creative kids.
If you come to our house on any given Saturday morning you will find the TV off and the living room vacant. In the kitchen/dinning room you will hear us rocking out to super stimulating music like Coldplay, Jamie Grace, Toby Mac or sometimes Christmas Carols on an internet radio station if the season is right. The table will be covered with newspapers. There might be wads of paper towels tossed on the floor. We will all still be in our jammies. My coffee will be cooling in the mug off to the side. There might be paint under my fingernails or glue in my hair. It’s a beautiful scene of creative mayhem.
The craft of the day will be spread all around the room. Sometimes we paint. Sometimes we cut and glue. Sometimes we draw. And sometimes we sew. I try to keep the craft to a level that they can manage with success. My goal is to help them create something they can be proud of with as little help from me as possible. Ultimately I want to help them become creative individuals. While they are making a project for the day, I am making a project for a lifetime.
I really think that children have great creative potential. It needs to be encouraged. It needs to be exposed to resources like paint and glue and paper and glitter. It needs to be stimulated with new ideas. It needs to be challenged with inspiring surroundings. Creative potential should be unleashed and set free!… all over the kitchen table. Then the results need to be praised and admired because that primes the pump for more creativity to flow. The potential to create something fantastic is in each of us, I believe. It only takes a little planning and a little tolerance of the messy process for each child to find what they love and what they are good at. I love that process!!
So if you drop by my house on a Saturday morning, the place will be a bit of a mess. But we are working on creating a masterpiece- we are making creative people. And it’s a whole lot of fun!