By Robert Vescio
Young children are buzzing with creativity, curiosity and new ideas.
Creativity is about expressing ourselves. It’s about trying new things and involves being imaginative and original.
I wrote Eric Finds A Way to help children to be brave, believe in themselves and act confident. In the story, Eric thinks outside the box and pushes himself to the next level. He goes beyond his preconceived beliefs and opens his eyes to see his creative ability ... and, he is brave enough to share his creation with the world.
The story aims to encourage children, and adults alike, to support their ideas. I hope it will show them how to relax and nurture their creativity.
The art that Eric creates is what matters. Eric proves that he can be creative in a unique way, and still be an artist. There is no right way or wrong way to do art. There is only his way.
Finding your own way to be creative gives you a sense of purpose, achievement, confidence, self-respect and belonging. It teaches us about who we are, what we love and what we can give to the world. It doesn’t matter if it looks wrong. It’s all about the process.
In the story, we see Eric go through the process of thinking creatively. He explores his idea. He then develops his idea. Finally, he expresses and creates his idea for everyone to see. Being creative is about being brave enough to share your ideas with the world.
Creative process allows everyone to be creative. It’s a great confidence builder because you discover that failure is part of the process. Once we survive failure, we can release the fear and try new things even at the risk of failing.
Finding your own way gives you an appreciation of different ways of looking at the world.
There are lots of ways to inspire creativity:
1. Try setting up an art space where your child can be free to experiment.
2. Don’t tell your child what to make or how to make it. Encourage them to mix colours or write about anything.
3. Talk to your child about their art and why they chose that particular colour or why they wrote about that particular topic/theme.
4. Explore the process with your child to encourage a conversation about their art/story.
5. Don’t make any suggestions to change, add or improve their art/story. It’s important that the child feels that what they’ve created/written is enough.
Creativity is not about doing something better than others. It’s about thinking, exploring, discovering and imagining. Make creativity part of every day!
Being different is hard and seeing other people being brave and celebrating themselves for who they are is a powerful tool.
Eric Finds a Way is now available to pre order through Wombat Books here.