Several weeks ago, I was able to watch and listen to Lisa Loeb talk about “Why Creativity Matters” on the show “Inside The Crayon Box“. Lisa has a preschool aged daughter and a baby on the way. She talked about her experience growing up with creativity and how she continues to make sure that creative projects and activities happen with her children.
As a child, I was always very creative and was encouraged to be. I do the same with my own children, who are also all very creative, in their own ways. We just got through Spring Break and I was determined to have crafty projects set up for the girls so that they could have creative time without being bored during their vacation at home. My thoughts on creativity is that you don’t have to have structured craft projects all the time, but, to also encourage free spirited creativity.
For example: one of my favorite things to do with the girls is called “Squiggles”. Someone will draw a squiggly line on a piece of paper and the other person has to turn that squiggly line into something. Or, I will ask my kids what they feel like doing and if it is painting, then we might go outside with our canvas and paints and paint whatever we feel like, or everyone will decide what we should paint. Other times, I will find projects online and we will follow directions to accomplish the crafty project.
- Why Does Creativity Matter? Creativity is not about who’s the best artists or becoming an architect. It’s a way of thinking that encourages kids’ original ideas and develops their confidence.
- Growing Up Creative. Lisa will share stories about growing up in a home where creativity was encouraged.
- Simple Tips. Easy Ideas. Like most moms, Lisa juggles a lot. She’ll share simple, easy ways she sparks her daughter’s creativity as part of their daily routine.
What I love about Crayola is that they provide all the tools that you need to get started being creative with your kids. One of our new favorite tools is the Crayola Crystal Effect Window Markers. These markers can be used on any glass surface and change from a light color to a bold color in seconds. It’s really fun to draw or write with them and then watch them change. The Crayola Washable Kaleidoscope Chalk also allows you to create and color drawings on the sidewalk and then watch your creations change when you put on the glasses. Getting my kids off the couch or away from the computer to be creative is easy, when you have the tools (from Crayola) to challenge their imagination.
Also, be sure to check out Lisa’s book Lisa Loeb’s Silly Sing-Along: The Disappointing Pancake and Other Zany Songs (Sterling Children’s Books, 2011) available at Barnes & Noble and Amazon.com. Sing, laugh, and play with pop Lisa in this fabulous collection of ten of the silliest songs ever. Fun activities, games, and recipes accompany whimsical songs. Take Lisa’s Silly Sing-Along with you wherever you go and get the high-spirited good times started. Includes a 10-song CD recorded by Lisa!
* The winner will receive a Inside The Crayon Box Prize Pack:
My First Crayola Washable Crayons, Markers and Stampers
Crayola Mess Free Color Wonder Tiny Tube
Crayola Crystal Effect Window Markers
Crayola Washable Kaleidoscope Chalk
Crayola Dry-Erase Bright Crayons
Crayola Dual-Sided Dry Erase Board
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