Category Archives: Inspiration & Imagination
Sometimes all you need to do to inspire creativity is pull out materials the kids haven’t seen in a while, or something they’ve never seen. In this case, washable brush tip markers, freshly sharpened colored pencils, and graphic pencils in varying hardnesses. After some testing to see what’s what, a flurry of activity followed:
First there was a great wooden kitchen cart that I found put out to trash in Manayunk.
Then… there was InkTober.
But the supplies were on the kitchen cart… and they know my feelings about artistic graffiti created in the right situations… Sooo…
It’s been a week and they’re still drawing. The kitchen cart that almost went into a landfill, now has a new life as a work of art.
Sometimes—often—our kids are passionate about things we are uninterested in, perplexed or bored by. At times, listening to them closely can explain why they care so much, and give us enough fuel of interest to hold our attention through the monologues of information. If nothing else, we can love their love, be grateful they care a whole lot about something (not everyone does), and help nurture it in whatever way we can.
For instance, my ten-year-old daughter’s dragon love. It has been in her since toddlerhood, since before she could speak in sentences. It began with toys and board books, then drawings, sculptures, paperweights, Lego projects, and now in chapter books.
Yes, honey, I will buy you out-of-print dragon codices. Don’t worry.
And yes, you can make dragon rune graffiti in the garden. I understand.
And I love your love.