• cReAtE: One of my favorite ways to reset, rejuvenate, and stretch the flexibility of my mind in order to 'see' things in a new light when needed, is to CREATE something. Taking something that wasn't anything and making it into SOMETHING is magical. Sometimes silly. Sometimes beautiful. Do you have an art center at your house? Just the basics- nothing fancy. Paper, paint, markers, crayons, playdoh, scissors, glue, scraps of fabric, recycled junk, boxes....you name it. Taking the time to write, draw, stick stuff together until it looks like something fun, or maybe creating a new recipe or designing a new way to organize all of the toys lying around. These are rejuvenating activities that not only serve as stress relievers, which supports resiliency, but also spark a sense of accomplishment and a feeling of competence. Resilient people are calm and flexible. Here are a few books to get you thinking about creativity in a variety of ways. We've used the last three in Character Packs over the years. It's really incredible to see how our children's minds work. Although technology certainly has a place, and there are many design and engineering platforms with real value, I would encourage hands-on creation over a video game any day.

     

    • (Book) How Full Is Your Bucket? For Kids by Tom Rath

    • (Book) The Dot by Peter Reynolds

    • (Book) What to Do with an Idea by Kobi Yamada

    • (Book) Beautiful Oops by Barney Saltzberg