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Aug
10
2014
Aug 10, 2014

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Here’s a random slice of cheese bread that my big kid ate one day. She loves cheese bread. What’s not to love? As she chomps away at her cheese bread, she notices it.

Do you see it?

She did. Next thing you know, she motions for me to take a look and there it is: a surprise face right there in her cheese bread.

It always fascinates me when we make little discoveries like this one. It doesn’t take much to miss them. One extra bite and that surprise face would have been long gone. Had my big kid not been looking at her cheese bread at that very moment, she would have likely missed the surprise face and yet, there it was.

thingsthatwedo.com pic - cheesebreadAs adults, we have a lot to learn from moments like these. We learn the importance of keeping our eyes open for new ideas and new discoveries. We learn to be open minded, to be creative, and to never take things at face value. We learn to look beyond what initially meets the eye. Take a closer look and you may be surprised at what you’ll find.

Now, imagine if we all approached life like that. I think the world would be an even better place to live, don’t you?

 

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Aug
2
2014
Aug 2, 2014

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For those of you who regularly visit ThingsThatWeDo.com, you know I’m big on creativity. The world is changing too fast and the only way we’ll better equip our children is to encourage them to think with both their left and right brains. After all, 2 + 2 isn’t worth much if you don’t know when you might need to use it.

That’s why you need to know about the Young Games Inventor of the Year competition that was recently launched in the UK. The competition is open to UK residents that are under 16 years of age with permission from their parents/guardians (of course!).

Now, you may be thinking to yourself, “But, I don’t even LIVE in the UK” which is just fine but you should still know about this competition.

Why?

My answer: because it’s a celebration of creativity. Be inspired by this Young Games Inventor of the Year competition and then consider all the skills your children would learn if they decided to make a board game. They’d have to brainstorm and come up with a premise for the game, the objectives, and the rules. They’d have to decide how the game would be played. What about game pieces? What about design? What about packaging?

Perfect case in point: my big kid has saved a pizza box lid for the longest time. The box lid has all these designs which inspired her to come up with a board game idea. Now, imagine the brain power we’d be channeling if more children were inspired to create and design. Designing a board game or anything for that matter, requires a child to use their working memory as they juggle different ideas and concepts while trudging along with their ‘plan’. Imagination is so much more than just one random thought. It’s a spark that can lead to wondrous creations if only we adults provide a nourishing and supportive environment.

So, here’s the long and short of it. If you live in the UK, you should definitely consider the Young Games Inventor of the Year competition. Be sure to click on the link below to learn more details but you’ll have to hurry because the competition ends September 21. If you don’t live in the UK, you should still click on to learn more about the competition. Who knows, maybe you’ll be inspired to do something in your community.

thingsthatwedo.com pic - summer 2013Now, imagine that!

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Jul
21
2014
Jul 21, 2014

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What do you see? Do you see a couple of paint lids and a paint brush? Yes, most adults would see this. Now, if you’re an 8 year old child, you see an experiment. Rewind to last night and both paint lids contained water, leftover from a painting project. As my big kid was in the midst of tidying up, she asked if she could leave the water in the paint lids.

I, as the curious parent, asked, “Why?”
Big kid response, “I’m going to do an experiment to see what happens to the water overnight.”
Her prediction: that the water would evaporate.

This recent experiment was fueled by the work she was doing in school. Her class had just finished doing a unit on the water cycle and at that moment she wanted to do her own water experiment so of course, I agreed.

Sure enough, the water is no where to be seen the next day thus providing further evidence that water does indeed evaporate. More importantly though, in this one small instance a child’s scientific curiosity was nurtured which may lead to subsequent scientific discoveries and opportunities for child directed learning.

Enough said. 🙂

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Jun
18
2014
Jun 18, 2014

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Okay, time to see if you can see it.

My daughter saw it one morning during breakfast. A random piece of egg shell lying on a napkin. It was really small and at first glance I didn’t see anything. She repeated her thoughts and I looked again.

There, I saw it.

Do you?

My big kid’s creative interpretation: “Mom, look. This egg shell looks like a dress, like one of those princessy dresses from those Disney movies.”

She was quite specific, wasn’t she, and the funny thing is, it’s not even like we’ve watched many Disney princess movies but she’s certainly seen her fair share of advertisements.

Your assignment for the day: look at something familiar but from a different point of view. See anything unexpected? You might just be surprised. Give this gift to a child and there’s no telling what they might discover!

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Jun
2
2014
Jun 2, 2014

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If you’ve been following ThingsThatWeDo.com, you’ll know that my big kid recently hit her stride with her culinary creative skills. Over the past little while, she and I have been cooking up a storm and we’ve been baking quite a fair bit. She’ll ask to watch different cooking shows and is expressing quite the interest in cooking.

Now, like most families, cheese and crackers are often a staple snack in our home and on most occasions, my big kid simply eats them side by side, nothing fancy with a glass of milk and maybe some fruit.

Well, that’s NOT what happened today.

Today, she asked for cheese and crackers with pear. She then asked for some grape jam. Uh, okay…I agreed, why not?

I then watched as she carefully prepared little delectable morsels for snack. At times, she’d pair the cheese and crackers with a dollop of grape jam. At other times, she’d include a wedge of pear. What’s fascinating is that this is coming from a child who under normal circumstances would much rather eat plain crackers with cheese on the side than eat them all layered in one mouthful.

Take a look at her little creations. Pretty neat, huh? She obviously liked the pairing of flavours if her constant “YUM”s and “This is SO good” comments were any indication!

So, the purpose of today’s post: to encourage children to be creative in as many aspects of their lives as possible. Be a role model and embrace creativity yourself whenever possible. In time, children will make those pivotal decisions and express their own creativity, sometimes when you least expect it!

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May
27
2014
May 27, 2014

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Okay, I struggled with that title for so long that I finally gave up and just left it at that. It was the best thing I could come up with to capture the essence of today’s post.

As a parent, I know I want the best for my kid’s future. What parent wouldn’t? We all try our best to the best of our means but I’ve long since realized that it’s not about how much ‘stuff’ you throw at them. As parents, we love our children wholeheartedly and it’s this kind of positive emotional environment that allows them the space to flourish. Part of that requires us to respect children as capable individuals, to give them the space to learn and problem solve independently and for us to provide guidance or support as needed.

Why am I saying all of this? I do have a point, really.

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May
4
2014
May 4, 2014

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If you’re my big kid, you’ll see it. That’s what she saw when she was eating her breakfast one fine morning. There it was.

“Hey mom, look. It looks like Pac Man eating one of those dots!”

I took a good look and there it was. Amidst her mix of cereals, I found the one chunk that featured a corn flake and a Cheerio and yes indeed, it did look like Pac Man was happily chomping away at one of the dots.

It’s amazing what the eye can see when given the freedom to look. I think that’s the greatest gift of creativity that we can encourage in our children and in ourselves. There are times when concrete convergent thinking is a must. After all, 2 +2 really will always be 4 but that’s only one aspect of brain work. Factor in the creative elements and the use of our right brain and the options are endless.

So, as we enjoy this Sunday, let’s embrace it. Take another look at everything around you.

What do YOU see?

 

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Apr
16
2014
Apr 16, 2014

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Our family celebrates creativity. Think outside the box. Spend enough time doing it and you’ll be surprised at what you’ll see.

Case in point: a little plate with soya sauce on our dinner table. Next thing you know, the hubby exclaims and we look. There it is, a heart shape in the soya sauce. We all saw it.

Pretty cool, huh?

My big kid thought it was so cool to see the heart shape in the soya sauce and it became a conversation piece during our meal. Sure, it’s only a minor observation but just imagine how much more we’d see if we all thought outside our boxes a bit more often.

Thus, today’s challenge goes out to all of us: to try and think outside the box. Slow down your daily pace just a little bit and see what you can see. Take a moment to ask your child and open-ended question and see what answer you get. You may just be surprised.

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Apr
5
2014
Apr 5, 2014

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A little while ago, we were testing out a chocolate dessert for ThingsThatWeDo.com. As I was cutting the cake, my big kid exclaims, ‘Mom mom, look! It looks like a giant Pac MAN! You have to take a photo of it for the site.’

And there you have it.

A post is born.

Creativity is such a beautiful thing. Nurture it and it will magically appear when you least expect it. I was focused on slicing the cake, making dainty little portions because I knew it was too rich to do otherwise, and never saw the chocolaty Pac Man staring right at me. She was right. I had made the perfect Pac Man!

Take another look at everything around you but with a different perspective. Maybe you’ll see some Pac Mans too!

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Mar
24
2014
Mar 24, 2014

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Creativity is everywhere: that is the theme of today’s post. Take a look at the image on the left. Do you see it?

My child saw it and that’s why I’m posting it because this section of the ThingsThatWeDo.com website was created because of her ideas. She wanted a section of the site to feature creativity and I agreed that it would be a great addition.

Reason: because ThingsThatWeDo.com is about all the little things our family does, uses, and more and creativity is definitely one thing we try to celebrate and respect.

So, do you see it yet?

Hopefully by now you’ll see the side profile of a face in this half eaten pancake. That’s what my child exclaimed one wee morning as she was chomping away on her pancake, “Hey mom! Look, can you see the face?”

Do you see it yet?

The face looks like it’s surprised with a wide “oh!” expression.

That’s the cool thing about creativity. Respect creativity, nourish and watch it flourish. Thinking divergently (is this even a word?), thinking creativity = assets for the future.

Goal for today: to focus more on the positive, to nourish creativity, and see rainbows even on cloudy days.

Yep, that’s my goal for today. What’s yours?

 
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