Do you ever ask yourself, “What if?”
As a child, you probably did all the time, but how about now that you’re all grown up? Probably not so much.
As children, our imaginations are rich with possibility, often leading to innovative ideas and creative action. Do you remember some of the things you might have built, created, or delighted in as a child? Perhaps a fairy house in the roots of a massive tree or a “fort” under a bed sheet draped across the furniture. Remember how excited you got when you created something amazing, pulled right out of your imagination, with materials at hand? Maybe a complex Lego structure or an intricate drawing or painting.
All too often, when we grow up, imagination and creativity get lost, shoved by the wayside, replaced by the minutae of careers and raising a family. So, how do we re-establish the excitement of creativity and possibility within ourselves, and even encourage it with our children?
A simple first step could be to replace some TV time with quiet coloring time.
Coloring is a great way to turn off the stress and the hustle and bustle of a busy day. If coloring isn’t your thing, why not take a trip to a local craft store and browse the aisles, paying attention to how you feel, to what peaks your interest.
Imagine if you will …
Arts and crafts may seem like a fun activity, but did you know children can gain useful life skills through art? Creating helps to expand a child’s imagination and enhance their self-expression and problem solving. Kids can even improve their ability to share, take turns and appreciate others’ efforts.
In fact, no matter what the age, we can all benefit from taking a little time away to relax and create!