“This is so cool; I wonder how he created that mum – I want to see more designs” – Jairus Jackson (age 7).
Let us put our minds together and see what life we can make for our children. – Sitting Bull
The comment above by Jairus Jackson was the driving force behind the quest to fulfil this fever pitch level of excitement.
My two creative boys wanted to explore and learn more about PiNS, the artist business cards (picture above).
His unique design is perfect for the creative soul.
As a home-schooler with an entrepreneur streak, the desire and vision to combine creativity and business and make it possible, was a great strategic plan.
It has allowed my children to learn from both avenues, academics and real-life experiences.
So, how did I make this possible and a reality?
Provide a space and the chance to organise a workshop that will enable children to experience a different world.
This opportunity will encourage their creative juices to take them to this world.
Most children doodle, and turn that past time into a long term career.
Some give up their love for creative journey due to social judgements, lack of support and encouragement from people in their lives.
A love and passion for a creative outlet can quickly be snubbed and discourage, covered up as wise advice.
Therefore, understanding that when children show their love for a particular path, it must be watered and fostered within the right environments to flourish.
This path will allow them to cherish and build the right foundations for the rest of their lives.
When they lack basic foundation and direction, their imagination and creativity can be stopped prematurely.
This may prevent any form of personal and developmental growth.
These three reasons explain why children need creative inspiration to help them build their minds and confidence for the future.
Getting creative not only help children learn through fun play, but it also boasts an abundance of benefits.
1. A greater sense of freedom
My boys would sometimes spend the whole morning drawing till late afternoon.
They create storylines with characters they have invented and phrases that bring their ideas to life.
Exploring and nourishing this aspect of their creative minds allows further exploration into their imaginative characters and what different narratives will evolve.
Since there are no rules, boundaries and restrictions, they have the pleasure of free flow and fun illustrations.
It position them to infuse in their characters whatever attitudes they deem suitable during play.
In the end, it’s all about stripping away their inhibitions and getting lost in the moment.
Children should have enough freedom to be themselves – once they’ve learned the rules – Anna Quindlen
2. Mental Awareness
Adopting a healthy mental wellbeing is vital for our children in the 21st century.
It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men. – Frederick Douglass
Especially with the rise of mental health cases causing all types of issues in the short term and ultimately for the long term effect on their lives.
Allowing children to be immense within their creative space help reduce and relieve stress-related issues caused by excessive use of technology.
At least, being free to think outside of the confinement of their usual settings, even for 45 mins of creative activity.
This significantly lessens stress in the body, according to an art therapy journal and by researchers in the field.
The true essence is allowing children to detach themselves from the world technologically.
To be able to sit and let their imagination run wild, it release anxiety built up throughout the day.
3. Increase confidence
-The three magic pills to boost a healthy mindset-
Confidence, Problem-Solving Skill & Improved Expression
The greatest sign of success for a teacher… is to be able to say, ‘The children are now working as if I did not exist.’ – Maria Montessori
We know and used the phrase many times over – but truly, practice makes perfect.
When we encourage our children to learn through play and creatively explore different hobbies, they become better at solving problems.
As well as having the enhanced ability to expressing themselves, which is essential skills for their life journey.
When creating, children learn how to communicate their feelings through the pieces they make instead of just using words alone.
This allow them to be resourceful and find new ways to help them tackle setbacks.
It encourages thinking outside the box and coming up with new ways to approach the norm.
These building blocks, which I call ‘life experiences’, aid in building solid foundational abilities.
This route will ultimately influence their level of self-esteem on a whole.
Proudly, my boys’ and other children get the opportunity to experience creative learning from PiNS, the artist.
This collaborative workshop offers a series of textile-based creations, starting from the 10th of July 2021 at 11 is till 2 pm.
If you want your child to experience this phenomenon as well, make sure to book the workshop.
The sessions will enable them to socialise, engage, and be highly stimulated to birth forth the creative artist in themselves.
The greatest legacy one can pass on to one’s children and grandchildren is not money or other material things accumulated in one’s life.
But rather a legacy of character and faith. – Billy Graham