I got to thinking, "My kids don't watch TV or play video games. Instead of just seeing messes, I should take a closer look to see what they do."
|A game they played exactly as the rules dictated, just like they always do.|
|Playdoh from their Easter basket. The first day, they asked for tools. I just gave them some cookie cutters. Every single day, they pull out the exact same cookie cutters and make the exact same shapes.|
|Two activities can be done with cars. Line them up in a straight line or "race" them so they crash into the wall. These were wall-crashers.|
|A Lego set Turken received for his birthday, being put together exactly as the instructions spelled out.|
|Puzzles. Always puzzles.|
Despite my best efforts, my boys do not have an ounce of imagination. Zippo. Zilch. Nada.
They are their father.
It would never cross their minds to do anything any way other than the way it is "supposed" to be done.
They have received dozens of Lego sets over the years. They have never, not once, used them to build a castle, a town, a horse, or anything else that wasn't what the directions said.
They have never, not once, made anything with the hundreds of jars of Playdoh we've had over the years that wasn't made with a specific tool as the picture showed.
They love puzzles, seeing as how they are all organized and straightforward.
They love sports, with all the rules and referees who make sure those rules are followed.
Left to their own devices, they wouldn't come up with a single idea on their own.
Fortunately, I have one person besides me encouraging their imaginative juices.
Buttercup is full of creative ideas.
She will suggest, "Let's play Chopped." (like the show on Food Network) and the boys will get completely into it, coming up with all sorts of fabulous "meals".
She'll want to put on a show, so recruits her brothers to be performers. She will give them some direction, but they put on the finishing, creative flare.
Buttercup will pull out some craft supplies and gather the boys to make things.
She has taken to heart the imaginative seeds I planted and let them flourish.
The boys have been willing soil for the seeds, but need constant watering and care to get their seeds to grow.
At Phoenix's third grade parent-teacher-student conference, we read his little questionnaire about school. He wrote that he liked math but "loathed" writing. He has always had the hardest time with creative writing in particular. At one point, the class discussed the power of a catchy first sentence. It was mentioned that a question or an exclamation was a good "grab". For two years, every single thing he wrote for school started with a question or an exclamation.
My boys like their rules and boundaries.
If Buttercup hasn't been home or has been busy, I will not find hilarious scenes like the ones Christine finds. I will only find messes, because, despite all of their rule-following tendencies, my children can never remember the rule to clean up after themselves.
Are your kids creative? What have you caught them doing?
Have a lovely day!