Making time to Find Your Inner Child Creative Play
By Barara Bietz
Adults are often so focused on the outcome of a project that we don’t enjoy the process, or even worse, avoid it all together. If you watch a child engage in a creative activity, there is a joyful sense of freedom. Mixing paint colors in broad strokes, gluing bits and pieces of construction paper together to create masterpieces, and drawing with abandon. The results are less important than the joy of the process.
If your self-criticism is causing you to be stuck on a creative project or hesitating to try something new, get in touch with your inner child! You can explore these activities on your own or with kids. No rules!
Explore Pull out all the art supplies you have on hand paints, pencils, paper, glue, beads and more. Make stuff. Finger paint a giant mural on butcher paper, make a beaded bracelet, create a collage from magazine clippings.
Take a Nature Walk Take a stroll outside and gather leaves, pine cones, sticks and flowers. When you get home make a leaf rubbing, arrange your treasures findings in glass vase or jar, wind yarn around sticks to create a “God’s Eye.”
Dance Exercise is a great way to stimulate your creative juices and it can be fun, too. Turn on your favorite music and dance around the house. Anything goes, from the Hokey-Pokey to Disco.
Go Back to School Check out your community center for music, dance, or art classes. On-line lessons can be great, too. When I wanted to learn to crochet I found numerous videos that helped me get started and it’s free! You will find everything from guitar lessons to oil painting.
It’s rejuvenating to remember the true fun and enjoyment of artistic endeavors. After a few hours of kid-like fun, you might be ready to take on a serious creative project or return to something you already started but have been avoiding.