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  • Jordan Melnick

    For kids, creative expression is a natural impulse. At the recent Miami Mini Maker Faire, we put a sketchbook in front of three iPads open to the Sktchy photo gallery, and without exaggeration we had kids drawing faces for eight hours. We didn't have to explain to them what they were supposed to do or why drawing strangers from around the world was a worthwhile activity. They just got it, and dove right in. It was amazing. In this Miami Herald photo you can see one of our young visitors completely immersed in drawing: http://media.miamiherald.com/smedia/2013/11/16/20/02/LVuBa.St.56.jpeg He sat focused like that for a full hour! His mother could not believe it.

  • Alessandra Rizzotti

    I absolutely love these. I think the best way to get kids involved in creative expression is through play. Provide them with fun tools- like feathers, recycled items they can build with, paints, etc. I have a certificate in Child Development and the best thing we did was just set materials out in really organized ways that looked fun, and it gets kids to dig in. One project was building an igloo with recycled milk cartons. Another was getting kids to paint on a projector- so they could play with light and color. Another was having kids make mobiles with natural materials- twigs, etc. There are ways to engage them through structured themes, and ways to just get them physically active too.

    • Lexi Hradisky

      Completely agree! I have an eight-year-old brother, and we have the most fun when we just scatter some crayons, coloring books, paints, and maybe some Legos and just go at it. :) Definitely a great way to build skills and fond memories simultaneously. It's great to know that this is big sister approved as well as promoted in child dev programs -- thanks for the insight!

      • Alessandra Rizzotti

        Totally- it's something more schools want to do- but testing takes away from actual implementation. So the more extracurriculars the better!