The problem is to remain an artist as we grow up.
This is what Picasso once said and we here at llamaGoose Studios whole-heartedly agree.
Recently we lost creativity expert Sir Ken Robinson. You've probably never heard of him but his TED Talk Do Schools Kill Creativity? was one of, if not the most, watched talks - with over 65 million views.
He spoke eloquently and often about kids and creativity. He said we don't grow into creativity we grow out of it. He also told a wonderful story that illustrates this.
I heard a great story recently -- I love telling it --of a little girl who was in a drawing lesson. She was six, and she was at the back, drawing, and the teacher said this girl hardly ever paid attention, and in this drawing lesson, she did. The teacher was fascinated. She went over to her, and she said, "What are you drawing?" And the girl said, "I'm drawing a picture of God." And the teacher said, "But nobody knows what God looks like." And the girl said, "They will in a minute."
Sir Ken believed that creativity is an essential act of living and of navigating our unpredictable world.
This feels pretty spot on given what we are currently living through. Combine this with a recent quote from the pair who wrote the 2016 book Design Your Life and the recent Design Your Work Life.
The future of work is being creative and working on social and emotional intelligence. Working on creativity and collaboration, making and doing things better. Human creativity will never be automated.
That's a lot of creativity in one quote. Now that many of us are home schooling maybe it's time for fostering creativity at an early age. A time for us step up in support of kids innate creativity and think of how we can fortify these wonderful little artists. Now that we understand what's ahead and what's important, for them, and for the world we're recreating.
We think picture books help preschool kids fortify their creativity.