Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Signposting

Young sir has been obsessed with road signs for a while. The latest particular fascination is speed limit signs - usually telling us to drive faster or slower. On Sunday we were crawling to a party in stop start traffic due to road closure and diversion to which he said: 'We are not going 50 mummy, it says we should go 50'...

Yesterday morning young sir decided that our household management needs a bit of an updating so whilst we were sipping our morning cup of tea he industriously filled the house with arrows and signs to help us navigate around.

On the stairs there were signs with arrows going both ways - indicating that the traffic can flow both up and down. In our bedroom he had a sign with mummy and daddy on and then arrows to show which side of the bed belonged to whom. In the bathroom the tap and the 'toilut' were pointed out in case someone was unaware of what they were.

It was very sweet to watch him potter about and make sure all the arrows were pointing int he right direction and that all the signs had the right text on. What was even sweeter was that he collected them away without being asked - he obviously didn't trust me to keep them safe whilst he was at school!



Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Bunnylicious thoughts on creativity



Young sir is a typical little boy - fascinated with anything that moves, makes noise or generally looks like machinery. My sewing machine is no exception. Couple of weeks ago I was making a bunny (with the wonderful free pattern available from here) for a present and he wanted to help me. But what he really meant is that he wanted to use my sewing machine. 

I wasn't in a hurry so we found some more fabric and young sir picked the ones he liked and started to make a bunny of his own. Thankfully the bunny is quick to make and my patience and the sewing machine both remained intact.

Young sir drew the little nose and mouth and I stitched them and the eyes on for him but the rest he did himself. He discovered that the harder you hit the pedal, the faster the machine goes - hence his bunny has a slightly less round tummy with wonkiness in odd places.

I resisted the temptation to correct the wonkyness and the bunny is most definitely young sir's masterpiece that I helped him make rather than something he helped me to make. He was pleased with it, even though it did not look much like the original. It was wonky, not as pretty as it could have been, the ears were lined with odd fabric, the arms were different sizes...And I felt so proud of my boy - because he did it. 

Perfectionism kills creativity. So often we compare ourselves to others and don't even try because we are afraid of failing. Kids have no such fears. They think that everything they create is a masterpiece and deserves to be admired. Even a loo roll taped to a cereal box that you try to sneak to the recycling bin when he is asleep as you know he'll come home from school the next day with an equally amazing masterpiece! It is a masterpiece because they made it not because of what it looks like.

Young sir went to bed with Check the Bunny on the pillow next to him and a big smile on his face.