The city has taken on a new look! Where once things were plain, color is popping. We are now in the Inspiration and Creativity phase of building. This is my favorite part. I am pleased with the progress we have made at this point. The kids have come up with some fantastic ideas about how to bring our city to life. Continue reading and I will share more on why this is such a great project.
What is Inspiration and Creativity?
Inspiration to me, is a feeling that makes you want to do something. It triggers ideas. Inspiration can happen in a variety of ways. It may be a song, a piece of art work, or even a smell. Being that we are unique individuals, we are not all inspired the same way. It’s personal. A moment where you are in touch with yourself and accept the calling to do something. Finding, or should I say paying attention to, what inspires you can be your trigger. It is the door to your creativity.
Creativity is the partner to inspiration. Think of it as the action part. It allows you to bring those ideas to life by creating them. Being creative is your act of self-expression. No one can create your vision better than you. To create something is being able to manipulate an idea and mold it into something tangible. It brings clarity and a sense of accomplishment.
Building the city is not just an opportunity for me to exercise my imagination. It is also to give my kids the chance to see and participate in an act of freedom. Freedom to create.
Can you imagine a kid who, when asked to draw something or write something, hunches their shoulders and says, “I can’t think of anything.” How sad. Who took this child’s imagination and joy of creating? I have looked into the eyes of many kids as a volunteer at my local elementary school. I know creativity is there. It is just buried so deep, restrained to the point that they don’t know they have it.
Adults and institutions unwittingly conspire to limit a child’s creativity in so many ways. Sometimes its saying the phrases like, “Why can’t you do better,” or “Why can’t you be still,” or “Why are you so extra?” That is all it takes. My hope is that we change this language and communicate “You can do even better,” and “You have great energy,” and “Keep giving amazing ideas.”
With the city project, the kids have the freedom to create what they want to see. This exercise also opens the door for them to create in other areas they are interested in. In my estimation, we provide plenty of inspiration to kids by showing movies, taking them on trips to the museum, and allowing them to play games. Now, if we could just give them space, time, and the resources to create something of their own with encouragement and guidance. Practice more phrases like, “Great job,” “I like it,” and “Interesting, show me more.” Empowerment to do more will result.
I hope you are enjoying our progress updates. Soon, I will be sharing some lessons that are coming out of the city project. In the meantime, continue to create in your way and encourage a child to do the same.