When it’s someone’s birthday its common for our daughter to create a card for our close friends and family with her mom’s help.
My daughter might not understand the birthday concept well but she enjoys creating those cards.
As she creates those cards, we try to have her deliver the cards when possible and I can really tell it makes her happy when she sees other people thank her and smile from receiving the cards.
Daily Creative Exercises
Lucy and my daughter are always creating art which gives her some great time with mom, but it also develops so many essential skills.
When Daniela gets bored she is usually seeking a pen, pencil, crayon, and a paper where to express herself and create. On other occasions she is looking for her toys that develop coordination exercises to keep learning.
In this world where kids are put in front of a T.V., iPad, Nintendo DS and allowed to consume content, non-stop, it is even more critical to find that balance of creating vs. consuming.
At our house we don’t have cable or a satellite subscription. Our daughter uses the TV in the living room to watch movies from classics such as the Sound of Music to Disney movies like the Little Mermaid. She also gets a restricted amount of time on the iPad. She likes watching her favorite monkey, Curious George on youtube or looking at videos with dance choreography.
Why creating is more important at an early age
When we create we use different parts of the brain. Plus there is a sense of accomplishment. Creating things gets people into the mood of getting stuff done. The art of consuming puts people in a passive mode. I see so many adults consuming from books thinking a solution will come from just reading them.
One part is absorbing information and then being able to execute. The other thing is thinking a solution will be implemented by itself when reading it in a book.
I want my daughter to be ready to embrace her surroundings but also make that small dent in the universe by creating and expressing herself.
How much importance do you place on creating?
What exercises you run your kids through to help them understand the importance?