I made the call for contents of your purse on my Shannon's Studio Facebook page at the beginning of the week. (You should really "like" it and be a part of it.) Several people commented and many left a list. That's what I was looking for. It's part of a larger project that I'll talk about later but I needed to post this even though it's not done.
This project is taking waaaaaay longer than I expected. I've been working on it all day and I started with the yesterday. I know it doesn't seem like much but believe me it is.
You'll see by the text it's called, "Mysteries of a Mom Purse". It's a page with a flap and this is what it looks like closed.
And this is what it looks like opened. I took all the lists and tried to put everything listed into the drawing. I didn't have pepper spray and for the life of me could not find gum or hand sanitizer in our house, which I know we have. I find enough gum smashed into the floor. And at this very moment I realized I didn't put in the diaper. I've carried a diaper in my bag for so many years. I will remedy that.
We used to call one of my purses, "the black hole" because it was so big and held so much stuff. I've since downsized since I don't have babies. Now, I need to do a count of what's in there.
This is a close up of the front flap where I'm listing the people who contributed. (I just need to add Wade's name since he suggested 'weapons' if he had a purse.) I asked for their permission to use their names though they didn't know why. I may change it up a bit but this is the general idea. Thanks to all my Free-for-all-Friday friends you'll have to check what I added from your list.
If you want to be part of the collaborative art projects then check in at the beginning of the week (monday or tuesday here or at Shannon's Studio FB page) to see what I'm looking for and check back Friday. It's that easy. And fun.
If you only read one article on creativity in your life then this should be the one. It is interesting, relevant, and gives doable ideas within reach of most of us to build creativity. And clearly there is a need for it.
ARTICLE THE CREATIVITY CRISIS Po Bronson & Ashley Merryman 10 July 2010
Really you should read the article but here is my bullet list from reading to get you interested.
THINGS WE CAN DO TO DEVELOP CREATIVITY
• Let kids ask questions and give them freedom to find the answers
• Encourage uniqueness, yet provide stability
• Be highly responsive to kids' needs
• Challenge kids to develop skills
• Hardship can create a need to become more flexible
• Free play - acting out characters (role playing), voicing someone else's point of view
• Paracosms play - fantasies of entire alternative worlds
• Tolerate unconventional answers
• Allow some detours of curiosity
• Create problem/solution exercises
• Recognize and nurture creativity
• Emphasize idea generation
• Use a problem-based learning approach
• Fact-finding is a stage in the creative process
• Deep research is a stage in the creative process
• Solve a problem
• Practice creative activities to recruit the brains' creative networks and gradually change neurological patterns
• Apply approach as an everyday process of work or school
• Process: Fact finding, problem finding, idea finding, solution finding, develop plan, execute plan
• Encourage openness, playfulness
SOME THINGS THAT COME FROM CREATIVITY
• Less despair
• Handles stress better
• Overcomes the bumps in life their way
• More confidence about future
• More confidence in their ability to succeed
• Confidence in ability to come up with alternatives that would aid them despite the problems
• Human ingenuity
• Leadership competency
• Creative solutions
• Original ideas
• Control incoming stimuli to brain, blocking out distraction, increasing concentration
List any additional things you find.
"Shannon Christensen sees Carl Bloch
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