Our Little Artists – Why Should They Have All the Fun?

Here’s another great TED talk, this time about how each and every one of us is an artist. Really.

Young-ha Kim also says that our kids are making art… all the time. Even when/especially when they are driving us crazy.

One thing I’ve really been enjoying lately is joining in with my daughter’s art projects. She is keen to learn how to do everything she comes across – two weeks ago it was macrame jewellery, last weekend it was paper mach√©, this weekend it was embroidery, and some night this week we’ll be making paper with bits of moss in it. I don’t always have the time to get right into things myself, I’m usually just the facilitator and brush-cleaner, but every once in a while I’ll join in. The how-to craft books for kids these days are just so engaging and wonderfully put together that I can’t resist. I even picked up a needle on Sunday and tried some embroidery! (If you know me at all you’ll appreciate how crazy that is.)

We should definitely all be trying new things all the time, but we get too set in our ways, too lazy. Thank goodness our kids can help us shake things up a little, eh?

As Young-ha Kim says, “Be an artist. Right now!”

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