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A Writing Project

The StorySlime SnailFarm Creative Writing Project is designed for 9-12 year old children with the intention to support them to develop their creative muscles and writing skills.

Every other month a new ‘Beginning’ is offered, while the background as well as the information on the Characters is extended, based on the stories received in the previous month.

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Children are asked to continue the ‘beginning’ of the story that is published on the website under HOME and to submit a complete piece of writing keeping the guidelines called GuideSlimes and keeping the environment and characters intact.

Stories need to be completed in 5 weeks and then submitted to snailmail@snailfarm.me e-mail address.

A committee – the creator of the Snails, a writer, an editor, and an animation expert – decides upon which stories to publish. The ones that appear on the site under StorySlimes are rewarded and a token of our gratitude is awarded to the ‘writer’ who receives an item with one of the Snails printed on it.

The creators envisage The StorySime Creative Writing Project to reach at least ten-thousand children around the world.

In 2015 we plan to make a feature length animation film based on the stories the children submit from all over the world. We wish to visit schools and invite children to participate from around the Globe.

Your donation helps us make the members of the SnailFarm come to life by children’s imagination. Thank you for your support.

If you wish to learn more about the project, please, don’t hesitate to contact us on snailmail@snailfarm.me

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How to encourage your school-age child’s creative play

Creative play helps with learning and development, by letting children engage in problem-solving where there are no set or ‘right’ answers. With creative activity, the process is more important than the product.

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It’s important to let your child enjoy the process of creating. Perseverance is a good quality to nurture, so encourage your child to complete artworks. But this is a time for experimentation, for trial and error. That’s how your child learns.

You can encourage your child by showing a keen interest in what’s being created, making suggestions and giving support when needed. Encourage your child to talk about the process, and to share artworks and experiences with friends and family.

Whatever artwork, song or dance your child comes up with, give lots of descriptive praise. For example, ‘I like the rhyming words in your song.’ This will boost your child’s self-esteem and encourage your child to keep going with creative play. Try not to compare your child’s creations with those of other children.

Source and more great ideas at raisingchildren.net.au

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Inspiration

“Inspiration has three main qualities. Pyschologists Todd M. Thrash and Andrew J. Elliot have noted these core aspects of inspiration: evocation, transcendence, and approach motivation.

Inspiration is evoked spontaneously without intention. People are usually inspired by something, whether it’s an inspiring role model, teacher, or subject matter. Which is all the more reason why we ought to create the conditions for inspiration.

Inspiration is transcendent of our more animalistic and self-serving concerns and limitations. Such transcendence often involves a moment of clarity and awareness of new possibilities for oneself as well as others. As Thrash and Elliot note, “The heights of human motivation spring from the beauty and goodness that precede us and awaken us to better possibilities.” This moment of clarity is often vivid, and can take the form of a grand vision, or a “seeing” of something one has not seen before (but that was probably always there).
Inspiration involves approach motivation, in which the individual strives to transmit, express, or actualize a new idea or vision. According to Thrash and Elliot, inspiration involves both being inspired by something and acting on that inspiration.” Source

I have a slightly more simplified understanding of inspiration: when one is inspirited is in-pirit-ed so in some way or another in that moment is in touch with spirit and/or touched by spirit.  As a result of that one can feel inspired to do something and/or act upon that moment of inspiration.

 

 

 

Hephaestus and How Brokenness Contributes to Creativity

“… The most defining characteristic of Hephaestus, other than his creativity, is his lameness. He is the only one of the Pantheon who is not physically perfect, yet he is still included among the twelve, despite the Greek’s revulsion for the ugly and lame. Why is this? It is no accident that he represents fire, which is a symbol in cultures worldwide of purification and regeneration, of passing through an ordeal and coming out the other side stronger. Hephaestus has done this. He becomes lame through an act of violence committed against him by his family, but still he returns to Olympus, bringing beauty and useful tools to that world. He does not allow his infirmity to stop him from making art, he uses it to transform. His brokenness is the catalyst for the creation of his art, and the vehicle of his clever approach to problem solving. He doesn’t let the fact that he is imperfect keep him from using his skills in service to his world, and it would be a lesser place if he had done so. …”

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Art that craves your attention

In this charming talk, artist Aparna Rao shows us her latest work: cool, cartoony sculptures (with neat robotic tricks underneath them) that play with your perception — and crave your attention. Take a few minutes to simply be delighted.

Importance of creativity and artistic play

Creative play and artistic activity are important to children’s overall development. They help nurture imagination, and also develop problem-solving, thinking and motor skills.

School children start to learn that some problems have a single solution (two plus two always equals four). They also develop skills for finding the right result for a given problem. But there are still many areas where things are not so black and white.

Creative play helps with learning and development, by letting children engage in problem-solving where there are no set or ‘right’ answers. With creative activity, the process is more important than the product.

By school age, your child is ready to soak up lots of new information. In the months leading up to the start of school, you might notice your child ask more questions about how things work – and there’ll be lots of ‘Why?’ questions, of course!

School-age children are usually more confident about themselves and around others than they were a year or so earlier – this is a good thing when it comes to creative pursuits.

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Most school-age children take a keen interest in art and artistic activities . You can encourage creative play and imaginative development by stimulating your child’s creative urges.

Visual art

School-age children might use colours and shapes to communicate feelings, ideas and messages (for example using lots of black to draw a dark scene or scary feelings). They might also use symbols to differentiate between objects in their drawings.

It can be pretty easy to work out children’s interests when you’re watching what they create. They will enjoy creating pictures on the same theme (dinosaurs or boats, say) over and over again.

You might notice that drawings and paintings become more detailed than when your child was a preschooler. For example, your child might be drawing people with five fingers and toes. Where your child used to draw scribbles and squiggles for trees and flowers, you’ll be able to recognise leaves, branches, trunks and petals.

School children are ready for ‘art appreciation’ – whether it’s music, sculpting or pictures. You and your child can talk about art, artists, favourite artworks and reasons for liking certain things. Why not visit an art gallery together, and talk about what you see?

Source and ideas for stimulating creativity in children

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The site intends to offer practical ideas on how to use art and creativity to support human development and recovery especially that of children. It aims to emphasise developing and using our creativity and imagination to its fullest in order to create a unique life to our fulfilment amongst many advantages.

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Do you think Creativity is some mystical skill that is bestowed upon only a few?

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Well, no magic here at all! We are all blessed with two hemispheres and so we are all born creative. How developed your right-hemisphere is, though, is another question entirely and that is one of the focuses of this website.