Forced Creativity?

My boys are, I think, pretty normal when it comes to electronics. They walk in the door and reach for the remote or get on the computer. Of course, now with smart phones, they grab the phone, too. I believe in moderation , so they have to do their chores, homework, something physical, & something creative before they get to the computer. I really enjoyed their creativity one day over Spring break.

Both my boys had a full week off for Spring break. I couldn’t get enough time away from my IPB (it pays the bills) job, but I was able to take 1 day in addition to working from home a few others. The day I took off we decided to go for a quick hike in the morning. It was quite entertaining!

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After running a few quick errands, we headed home.  They had done something physical, had no homework, chores were caught up, and so they of course were drawn to the electronics like a black hole. I threw a wrench in their plans when I reminded them they needed to do something creative – play guitar, play piano, draw, paint, I didn’t care as long as they did something (and of course in my ‘mom mind’ – it would keep them away from the electronics just a little longer).


My youngest son decided he wanted to stamp something, and big brother soon followed along. Since it was just before Easter, they decided to make some cards for Dad. We headed to the craft room. They started with neon pink cardstock for the base. I got them to stamp on white so it would show up better and they could see different colors. I think Garrett was trying to use every stamp I had that had a sayiIMG_0787ng.  Then they broke out the washi tape.


Cody was very deliberate in creating a scene with a biplane pulling a banner and clouds in the background. Then he saw me showing Garrett how to sponge the edges to add a little more depth. When it was his turn with the sponge, he used it to add a sky affect around his clouds. It amazes me how kids and creative people can just look at something and see how to use it in a different way.

So, with forced creativity hour over, we cleaned up the tornado remnants, and they tucked the cards away until Sunday. I have to say, the best part of this was on Sunday morning, when Cody gave is little creation to me (he secretly made it for me, leading me to believe it was for Dad) – what a great surprise.

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What about your family?  Are your kids creative? Do you fight the electronics battle?  Do you let them play in your craft room? What have they surprised you with?







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