22 Jan, 2020
Some things in life have natural snowball effects: paying for the person behind you in the Starbucks drive-thru line may inspire that person to do the same. The mood a smile from a stranger can put us in is infectious and can carry on throughout the day. Starting a new exercise regime can lead to healthier eating. You get the idea. So how does this relate to reading, art, writing, and creativity? The more you do it, the more you want to do it.
As I wrote in the beginning of Reading Is Fun! Imagine That! “…The imagination and creativity used in the story-poems and activities can encourage the reader to try other creative interests. Through these, it is possible to develop abilities that can be enjoyed for years.”
Have you ever noticed that when children find something they are passionate about, they go off on their own to do it? They don’t need to be encouraged or pushed to do it. They just do it. A child who loves building with Legos spends a lot of time, even hours on end, playing with them without prompting. A child who loves to read picks up a book without being told to do so. Children who love creating art do it without any encouragement at all. They naturally love it, and when that happens, so does magic.
Reading Is Fun! Imagine That! offers so many different ways of being creative that a child will almost always want to pursue other ways of creating.
Making the stained glass art activity from the book might encourage a child to make a kite or a mobile or another decoration with the same method used to make the stained glass. The original project can invite their mind to expand and think of new ways to use their new skills.
“Creative Eyes,” an imaginative thinking story-poem in my book that encourages children to see the world in more creative ways – such as finding shapes and animals in the clouds or pretending the water hose is a snake – might inspire them to write a story about the water hose snake or draw a picture of the dragon they found in the clouds.
Metaphorically speaking, a snowball effect is something that starts very small and insignificant and builds upon itself to become more powerful (or more positive, in this case).
And if you take a moment to think about what comes from art, reading, and writing (such as better communication with your child as they talk about their creations, self-esteem stemmed from your enthusiasm about their work, etc.), the snowball effect continues far beyond the realm of physically creating.
It can take them to new levels of happiness, confidence, intelligence, and connectedness – all the best things in life. So, next time your children pick up Reading Is Fun! Imagine That! I hope you’ll pay attention to the way their experience with the book snowballs into the rest of their lives.
Ruth A. RadmoreBack
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