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Feb
7
2015
Feb 7, 2015

thingsthatwedo.com pic - sleepy faceCopyright© 2015 ThingsThatWeDo.com. All Rights Reserved.

Run, run, run. Go, go, go. Run to the left. Run to the right. Then, run some more. Do you ever feel like your life is one big Dr. Suess book?

I do.  There’s so much to do and so little time to do all that needs to be done. Next thing you know, Thing 1 and Thing 2 appear out of nowhere and throw everything out of order (figuratively speaking, of course).

Sometimes, you just have to slow down and realize that  no matter how fast you go, the list just keeps getting longer because there is always something that needs to be addressed.

Sometimes, you just have to breathe and take a closer look at your surroundings. What do you see? – Continue Reading

Jan
3
2015
Jan 3, 2015

thingsthatwedo.com pic - pigCopyright© 2015 ThingsThatWeDo.com. All Rights Reserved.

Sometimes, bread is just bread. Other times, it’s toast. Add some eggs, milk, cinnamon and you’ve got yourself some French toast. Sometimes though, bread is so much more than bread.

There we were eating breakfast and suddenly the hubby exclaims, “Hey, look. A pig!”

Sure enough, there it was. My big kid thought it was hilarious and made sure I took a photo to post it on ThingsThatWeDo.com.

Do you see the little piggy?  Hilarious isn’t it that a few random bites into a slice of toast could lead to this creation complete with ears, snout, and little legs. Of course, it also took an observant creative hubby who took the time to point out the observation. We then took the time as a family to make more observations, laugh a bit and extend our time at the breakfast table before moving on to other events.

Imagine how different this would have all turned out if we were in a rush? Likely, the hubby would have polished off the toast in 30 seconds, we would have missed this opportunity and our breakfast would have been just like all the other ones. Sure, we have our regular laughs and conversation but it’s not like a pig shows up every day (I could probably insert a really rude joke right about now which I’m going to refrain from doing).

Things to do: slow down and take a moment to be in the moment. You never know what you could be missing. Oink!

 

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Dec
20
2014
Dec 20, 2014

thingsthatwedo.com pic - face in pitaCopyright© 2014 ThingsThatWeDo.com. All Rights Reserved.

Tonight, my big kid was sitting at my desk and was reading some of the work that I’d posted recently. In less than 30 seconds, she says to me, “You know that post you wrote about the face in the pita and melted cheese? Well, that wasn’t melted cheese. That was cream cheese frosting.”

My comment, “Really? Are you sure? I thought it was melted cheese.”
Her response, “Nope. It was cream cheese frosting.”
Me, “On pita?”
She replies, “Yep.”
Me again, “Why did I put it on pita?”
She shrugs, “I don’t know but it’s cream cheese frosting.”

And this is how you know ThingsThatWeDo.com is most definitely a mom and daughter team. Back on November 2014, I did the post. It featured a piece of pita bread and what I thought was melted cheese. On most occasions, I do the typing late at night after my regular work day. By then, my little editor is in snoozeland while I’m still awake and my fingers are flying on the keyboard just as they are now. So, my editor doesn’t often get to read the posts until much later.

It’s a good thing she does or I’d never be able to post updates and remind myself that yes, adults make mistakes too and it’s a good thing there’s a child around to help me out. I mention to her that I’ll have to update my post and she agrees although she also says, “Well, you don’t really have to since cream cheese frosting is still cheese.” She’s right again but I told her I’d feel better if I just posted about my mistake.

The coolest thing about all of this is the power of observation and the magic of memory. Among all the text on that one post, she almost instantaneously noticed the discrepancy between what I wrote and what she knew about the event and she was only able to do that because she remembered that I had put cream cheese frosting on pita bread which may not seem like a big deal but it is since I can’t even remember what I had for breakfast today let alone what I put on pita bread almost a month ago.

This is why it’s so important to foster children’s capacity to learn, to think, and actively process the information they gather from their world. This is just one tiny example. Imagine what it can do on a much larger scale!

Today’s post is dedicated to my little editor and to all the other little editors out there that make our adult world’s a much more accurate world to live in.

If you’re interested in reading my original post, click here.

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Dec
16
2014
Dec 16, 2014

thingsthatwedo.com pic - creativity  - monkey skates and skateboardsCopyright© 2014 ThingsThatWeDo.com. All Rights Reserved.

We adults may have big brains but there is no denying the creativity that young children can demonstrate.

Case in point: on this particular occasion, I discover that my big kid has made a whole series of sports equipment for one of her beloved little stuffed animals using nothing more than a pizza box lid, some glue, a few pony beads, and some Rainbow Loom elastics.

I was completely speechless. The roller skates are perfectly balanced so her little monkey can stand up without falling over. She made a set of skateboards, each featuring a specific type of board (which I know nothing about). The images you see on ThingsThatWeDo.com only show the skateboards and roller skates but my daughter also made ice skates, ski poles, skis, and a scooter.

I don’t know why she decided to make all that sports equipment so I asked. Her response, “I just wanted to make them.” Such a simple statement but the level of brainwork involved is anything but simple.

thingsthatwedo.com pic - creativity  - monkey skates and skateboards

I mean, if I was asked to make a skateboard or roller skates for a little stuffed animal, I’m not sure I’d know where to begin. What materials would I use? How would I construct it? Thus, my big kid would have had to think of what materials to use, then gather them, and problem solve along the way. What you also have to keep in mind is that the pizza box, the Rainbow Loom elastics and the pony beads are all stored in different locations. It’s not like they were conveniently lumped together to spark the creations.

Nope, my big kid had to gather the goods and then make her ideas come to life and make them to scale for her stuffed animal. What I particularly love about the skateboards was her attention to the subtle differences of each board.

thingsthatwedo.com pic - creativity  - monkey skates and skateboardsHerein lies the beauty of having open ended materials readily available for children to access. If we provide children with the freedom to express and create and think outside the box, this is the magic we get.

Today’s post is dedicated to the magic of creativity and to all the children out there that never cease to amaze their families.

Things to do: next time you see an empty pizza box, think ‘what else could I do with it?’

 

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Nov
22
2014
Nov 22, 2014

thingsthatwedo.com pic - face in pitaCopyright© 2014 ThingsThatWeDo.com. All Rights Reserved.

Update: December 20, 2014 p.s. it’s not melted cheese but cream cheese frosting.

I’m happily chomping away at my pita, not a care in the world. Hey, it’s food and I like food, a lot. Next thing you know, my daughter points it out.

Do you see it?

There it is amidst my melted cheese topping is a very cheesy looking face. No longer is it just a piece of pita. It’s at this point in time that my big kid insists that I go and grab the camera to take a photo for ThingsThatWeDo.com. I’m instructed to include it among the ‘Creativity is Everywhere’ posts.

So, here I am.

Why bother with this you ask? Well, moments like these are a great opportunity for my big kid to exert her creative right brain. She makes a divergent observation and then her left brain kicks in and she’s got a plan.

You see, that’s the beauty of the big brain. Give it a chance to flourish and watch it go to work. Our family has always encouraged creative thinking, to be open minded, to think of alternative options, but more importantly to provide the environment for divergent thinking to take place.

Let’s face it, the world is just getting more and more complex and we want our children to grow up as fully functional independent thinkers. While it’s extremely valuable to know facts like red + yellow = orange and that a square has 4 equal sides, it’s equally important to have the creative thought process to then do something with that orange colour maybe even combine it with the square somehow. Ultimately, it’s that blend of left brain right brain functioning that will make the biggest impact for our children.

Things to Do: encourage your child’s creativity using everyday moments and materials.

 

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Nov
19
2014
Nov 19, 2014

thingsthatwedo.com pic - scribble gameCopyright© 2014 ThingsThatWeDo.com. All Rights Reserved.

Sometimes, the best games aren’t ones that come in an expensive looking fancy smancy glitzy box. Sometimes, the best games don’t cost millions of dollars. Sometimes, the best games are ones that require very little equipment. Sometimes, the best games just require a whole lot of creativity. Add a little inspiration from a book, add some paper, and a pen, and you’ve got perfection.

What am I talking about?

No, I’m not just rambling (I save that for other days  🙂 ). I’m talking about a doodle game my daughter came up with inspired by a book series that she currently loves. We had a few minutes before dinner, she asked if we could play, and I agreed. She explained how the game worked: your randomly draw a scribble. The other player then looks at the scribble and turns it into something else.

Sounds simple, right? Well, it’s not.

– Continue Reading

Oct
9
2014
Oct 9, 2014

thingsthatwedo.com pic - rootsCopyright© 2014 ThingsThatWeDo.com. All Rights Reserved.

The other day I was pulling out some plants from our garden. I can’t remember what plant it was anymore but there I was, yanking it out from our wee little garden patch. As I was doing this, I came across THIS.

WHAT IS THAT?

I have no idea. I don’t have a big green thumb but I’ve seen a few roots in my lifetime and I’ve never seen THAT before. On this one particular root, there appears to be an added growth and it happens to look like a 6 fingered gecko’s foot or something. Call me a green thumb newbie but I’ve never seen anything like it.

thingsthatwedo.com pic - rootsIf anyone even remotely knows what it might be, let me know. I’m curious, fascinated, and kind of freaked out all at the same time.

*scratches head*

Nope, I still can’t figure it out.

 

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Oct
5
2014
Oct 5, 2014

thingsthatwedo.com - halloween 2013Copyright© 2014 ThingsThatWeDo.com. All Rights Reserved.

O.M.G.

Halloween is around the corner and I still haven’t started on my big kid’s costume yet. If you’ve been following our site, ThingsThatWeDo.com for the past while, you’ll know that I generally will make my kid’s Halloween costume. It’s the one time of year that I allow my creative powers to flow to come up with a costume that brings her ideas to life.

Now, I know, not everyone celebrates Halloween. In our family, Halloween is about creativity and coming up with unique costume ideas that don’t focus on all the gore and bore. While I won’t tell you about the costumes she’s had in the past, I can tell you that they’re pretty cool, unique, and fun. She gets a lot of compliments and I have yet to see anyone with the same costume. You’re intrigued, right? Sorry, won’t tell!

The only problem is, she still hasn’t decided on a costume idea yet. I can’t blame her because she got the sicky germs a while back which completely through our time line off. So, it’s now crunch time and we’ll need to come up with an idea sooner rather than later or I won’t be able to pull it off.

In case you’re wondering, I am NO Martha Stewart. I don’t even think I can sew a straight line but I am incredibly creative-borderline-genius when it comes to costume creations. Once my big kid decides on an idea, I’m going to have to work at the speed of lightning to get it done.

Let’s hope she picks an idea ASAP!

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Sep
16
2014
Sep 16, 2014

thingsthatwedo.com - silly puttyCopyright© 2014 ThingsThatWeDo.com. All Rights Reserved.

It doesn’t take much to make a kid happy. Take a look at this little unassuming red package. Inside this little container happens to be one of the most fascinating things on the planet (at least from a child’s perspective and maybe for some adults too).

Yes, ladies and gentleman, it’s Silly Putty. – Continue Reading

Aug
28
2014
Aug 28, 2014

thingsthatwedo.com pic - face in cheesebreadCopyright© 2014 ThingsThatWeDo.com. All Rights Reserved.

Ah, the whimsy of creativity hits when you least expect it but only if you keep your eyes wide open.

Allow me to introduce you to exhibit A. A regular old cheese stick, daintily sprinkled with some cheese. Ah…but it’s not so average is it?

Take a close look and you’ll see what my big kid saw: a face. Yep.

There it is. She was happily chomping away and then out of nowhere, she sees the image of a face and insists that I take a photo of it. I don’t mind because I think it’s neat and impressive that she’s able to see beyond what is in front of her.

Truth be told, ever since she was but a wee one, she’s always stared and analyzed her food. She was never the child that scarfed down food by the mouthfuls. She’s always looked at every bite and would comment about what she liked and didn’t like. During her preschool years, she went through a phase where she wouldn’t eat the lunches at her day care. When I asked her why, she said ‘the food smells bland’.

Yep, that’s my child and she’s amazing. As parents, I think it’s our job to celebrate our children as they are, to embrace every strength and skill and give them the space and trust to grow as individuals.

Having a little bit of creativity will hopefully translate into a creative adult capable of coming up with innovative ideas that may lead to some pretty big things.

At least, that’s the hope!

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