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Mar
20
2014
Mar 20, 2014

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Hi, it’s Jenny from ThingsThatWeDo.com and I am going to talk about books that I love (or hate). So, first if you have forgotten I love to read and draw and write and play with my stuffed animals and…maybe I should stop using all these ‘and’s. That’s all you need to know about me for now anyways.

So, let’s get a roll on.

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Feb
27
2014
Feb 27, 2014

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One day recently, my daughter and I wanted pizza for lunch but there was no pizza sauce in sight. Usually, we rely on the store bought stuff or I’ve used pasta sauce in a pinch. I have no idea what makes pizza sauce pizza sauce but all we were really looking for was some pizza.

Now, I could have easily found a solution but my brain has had more than enough opportunity to problem solve. So, I put it out there to my big kid. What could we possibly do? We’ve got no pizza sauce or pasta sauce and we both want pizza (dad doesn’t care either way). Did she have any suggestions?

To watch my kid’s brain at work is absolutely fascinating. Literally, I watched as her eyes flicked back and forth (a sign that the brain is trying to come up with a solution) as she then said, “Do we have any fresh tomatoes? We could just puree those and make pizza sauce with them!”

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Feb
25
2014
Feb 25, 2014

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Remember that little movie starring Anna, Elsa, Olaf, Hans, Kristoff and a reindeer named Sven? You know, the one with special icy powers and singing trolls? I’m sure you’ve heard of it.

Well, it was a wee little movie called Frozen that my big kid loved. At this point, I think she’s memorized the lyrics of every song and has even written some of the lyrics for her classmates (they asked, she agreed).

Today’s post isn’t about the Frozen movie per se. Today’s post is about the creativity that lies in all of us.

Inspired by the movie, Frozen, my big kid decided to write about what happened and do it from Anna’s perspective. She magically decided to do it one day, out of the blue, without any prompting from me. She got the idea and went to work. Eyes on the page, the pencil went scritch scratch scritch scratch and before I knew it, she was done.

I took a photo of her written work and decided to type it out here so you could read it better.

Title: Anna’s Perspective
Written by: Jenny (co-writer of ThingsThatWeDo.com)
Age: 8 years

“Do you want to build a snowman?” I used to always sing that to get my older sister Elsa out of her room. It never worked. We both grew up and it was time for Elsa to be crowned Queen. I bumped into this handsome prince named Hans. I asked Elsa if we could marry and she said NO. After that she fled to the mountains and I was looking for her. I met this man named Kristoff. Elsa accidentally hit me with her powers and I went to ask Hans to kiss me but he did not love me! Actually, Elsa’s love saved my heart.

Anna


Creativity is Everywhere: Too cool and incredibly inspiring

As a mom, I can’t help but be proud of how much my kid has grown. It’s impressive to see how much she’s able to take Anna’s perspective and articulate it all in her own words. That’s a lot of brain work on that one page of written text. Not only did she have to juggle all the information she knew about the Frozen movie, she then had to express those ideas in her own words and on paper.

Impressive indeed.

It’s times like these that I’m reminded of just how important creativity is for young children. Nurture a child’s mind to think independently and you can literally see the sparks fly.

 
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Feb
9
2014
Feb 9, 2014

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Do you see it? My kid saw it and pointed it out. That’s why she came up with this particular section of ThingsThatWeDo.com – Creativity is Everywhere. She even came up with the title for this section of the site.

Still don’t see it?

This is your basic average cheese bread. My kid is chomping away at her cheese bread and all of a sudden, she pipes up, “Hey mom! Look, a face!”

Now do you see it?

Once she pointed it out, I could clearly see the face amongst those toasty cheese patterns. Ah…creativity at its best. Encouraging children to think creatively means thinking outside the box, thinking divergently and learning to see things from a different viewpoint. Support that kind of mental work and it pays off in the end. After all, life’s problems aren’t always solved with conventional ideas. So, the more we can practice creative thinking, the better.

Who knew a piece of cheese bread could do so much? 😉

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Jan
18
2014
Jan 18, 2014

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Children are so creative and have that capacity to see more than we busy adults do. Case in point: see today’s pic.

Notice anything?

Adult: you probably notice that it’s made out of wood, probably belongs to a toy or construction set of some sort.

What does my kid see?

Child, “Hey Mom!! This looks like DAD! LOOK!”

Okay, for the record, the lovely husband aka ‘DAD’ does NOT look identical to that piece of wood that does in fact belong to a wooden construction set. However, I get my kid’s point of view. It does look like a face complete with eyes, ears, mouth, and facial expression (and NO, the hubby does not always look perplexed either).

Yes, my kid has a wry sense of humour.

Then again, what’s not to love about creativity? It takes a creative eye to see and think outside the box and the reality is, the faster life gets, the more creative we all have to be to stay afloat. So, while our children are busy learning that 2+2 is 4, there’s merit for divergent thinking and seeing more than meets the eye.

Looks like we adults should get cracking too!

 

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Dec
7
2013
Dec 7, 2013

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Creativity, what is it and what does it look like? Creativity means different thigns to different people but I think we can all agree that it involves some serious cranial work. Today’s post is brought to you by the creative brain waves of my big kid, Jenny.

Regular readers of ThingsThatWeDo.com will have read random posts where I mention little creative gems or observations that my kid has made. Well, recently we were talking about ThingsThatWeDo.com and she says, “You know mom, you should make a new category called ‘Creativity is Everywhere’ and then you could post this.”

What is the ‘this’ that my big kid was referring to?

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Feb
10
2013
Feb 10, 2013

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Right now, you’re probably wondering, what is that thing in the photo, right? Yep, you would be perfectly right to ask that question. Today’s post is brought to you by the ingenuity and creativity of my daughter, “Jenny” as she is referred to on ThingsThatWeDo.com.

In our home, creativity is encouraged and reinforced. Sure, there is a time and place where only one answer can be right. After all, 2 + 2 will always be 4 and Tuesday always follows Monday. Whenever possible though, my hubby and I encourage those creative aspects in our kid because our family knows it’s a vital skill to have in life. After all, creativity is key when there are problems to be solved and novel ideas are needed.

Promoting creativity really is about giving my child the chance to speak her mind and discuss her ideas without worry that she’ll be judged or ridiculed. Divergent thinking is a beautiful thing and we’ll continue to promote it whenever the opportunity presents itself.

Take her most recent interest: Transformers. Everything is about Transformers right now. She talks about them, asks a bunch of questions about them that I can’t answer, and I don’t need to answer because she’s really just thinking out loud about a ton of wild ideas. I hear about all the different Transformers games she’d make, what she’d be if she were a Transformer, that she’d be in the same class as Arcee, that maybe Arcee is Optimus Prime’s girlfriend, wondering if Transformers sweat, sleep, or eat. The topics and ideas are constantly evolving but each one is equally fascinating.

Now, take another look at today’s pic but from a different point of view. It’s dinner time. I’ve made ground beef and it’s resting there on the plate waiting for the next step in the cooking process. My kid comes around, asks me what I’m making for dinner and looks at the plate of browned ground beef. Lo and behold, she sees this one clump of ground beef and says, “MOM, this looks like Optimus Prime’s hand. LOOK mom.”

I take a good long look and I have to admit, she’s right. Optimus Prime’s hand really does look like that, digits and all. She asks me to take a photo of her very poignant observation for the website. How could I resist?

Some food for thought: how will you promote creativity in your child?

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Sep
9
2012
Sep 9, 2012

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You’ll hear it often enough: creativity will be the key to success. Thinking outside the box builds flexibility of the mind and helps you to think of novel solutions when conventional options don’t work.

As parents, we want the best for our children. We all do but if we expect our children to think outside the box, we can’t just expect them to do it. Children by nature are creative creatures and nurturing and supporting that creativity means we also have to be good role models to show them that yes, adults are creative too and it doesn’t have to cost a million dollars.

Case in point: making pancakes. How do you make pancakes (if you ever have time to make them)? What shape are your pancakes? Yes, you can add berries and fruit to your pancakes and you can add cinnamon to them for extra appeal but have you ever just dripped the pancake mix into the pan to make a variety of shapes?

Well, I did it recently and it was such a cool experience for my kid and for me. I started off with regular round pancakes just so that she could get breakfast on the move. After that, I decided on a whim that I’d make a bunch of different shapes. There were blobs and spirals and odd looking shapes that look like underwater sea animals. I didn’t tell her I was making the shapes. I just put them on the plate with the rest of the other pancakes.

She immediately noticed and went, “OH! Mom! What shape is THAT?” and I said, “I don’t know, what do you think?” Right away, her creativity kicked in and each pancake became a number of different possibilities. I also tried to make very specific shapes just to challenge myself.

Here’s the bow and arrow I made (yes, we’re still on the Brave train) and that image up there was my attempt to make Saturn.  Did you guess Saturn? What else did you think it was?  You know, there are no right or wrong answers and that is the beauty of creativity.

The coolest thing about making these shapes is that because I didn’t tell my daughter what they were, she came up with a million other ideas. I only put the bow and arrow together afterwards to show her what I thought they could be. There were a bunch of other shapes too but they all got eaten before I got a chance to grab the camera.

And how much did this cost me? Nothing – beyond the pancake ingredients, of course. But, what my daughter and I got in return was priceless. It was an awesome bonding moment where she and I were able to hang out, have a laugh and really let our creativity shine.

Question: what will you do to role model creativity for your child? Think outside the box and see if you can add a different spin on the usual.

 
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Apr
15
2012
Apr 15, 2012

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Before I go any further with this post, allow me to explain. This mommy blog was created as a tool for me to share my opinion with others about the many different things our family does. More importantly though, this blog site was also designed to enhance my child’s literacy skills so she could see her thoughts translated into text and see the value that words have.

This title was made by my kid because she wanted to talk about what she recently did with her Playmobil. The photos were also taken by her with a little bit of cropping by mom. 😉 Now, her real name isn’t Jenny. That’s a pen name she came up with for herself which I think is brilliant. We’ve always talked about protecting our personal information because people don’t need to know your real name especially when you’re on the internet. So, she decided to be called “Jenny” for this post on ThingsThatWeDo.com. Hope you all enjoy this post as much as I did. It’s fascinating what you can create with some Playmobil and wooden blocks!

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Jan
8
2012
Jan 8, 2012

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The world is getting faster and chances are, it’s not going to go any slower. With everyone racing to have their children master their letters and numbers at an early age, as a parent, I have to ponder what’s really truly key for my child’s future.

Sure, numbers and letters are important but I believe creativity is important for future success. After all, there will always be unexpected events that happen and creativity and some serious cognitive flexibility will help my kid to make lemonade when lemons arise. Do I need crazy expensive toys to build a bigger creative brain? I don’t think so. Watching my kid play with these dollar store puzzle erasers makes me realize that building creativity doesn’t cost much money at all.

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