Given enough tape, string, K’Nex pieces, and Barbies, I think my girls could have built the Empire State Building in their bedroom if I didn’t wander through with a vacuum and a feather duster every once in a while and throw a proverbial wet blanket on their construction projects. (I’m not exactly sure how the Barbies fit in, but they were a necessary component of their creative process.) My kids were constantly making something. I figured it was because they saw lots of people in their family making things, so they thought it was just what you were supposed to do. However, I think it goes deeper than that. I think children have a built-in desire to make stuff.
Where did that desire come from?
I have a theory.
No, actually a BELIEF.
So God created man in His own image;
in the image of God He created him;
male and female He created them.
So, since we were created in the very image of the God that created the Universe… the glimmering sun, moon, and stars… the beautiful flowers, trees, and plants… animals, sea creatures, and birds of every sort… wouldn’t it be very likely that we might have within us the desire to create? We each may have our own unique talent, but there IS a creative gift somewhere inside each of us. It might be drawing or music or building or decorating, or even baking a pumpkin pie from scratch like Annie wants to do. But it’s there, that spark. Look for it in yourself. Nurture and encourage it in your kids and grandkids. Don’t snuff it out. Let them… help them… encourage them to… Make stuff.
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