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.
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.
Herein 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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