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Rather than tell your children that they are creative, artistic, or smart when they are engaging in the creative process, praise them for working hard, experimenting with new strategies, and persevering through difficulties.
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Join Maker Boulder to sew plushies for charity with Monsters to Love, Saturday, October 18 3-5p at Mackintosh Academy (preregistration suggested)!
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When a project falls apart, gets knocked down, or is in some way unsatisfactory to a child, model a positive view of setbacks by encouraging children to think about what they can learn from it
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Once children have an idea in mind of something they want to create, resist the urge to tell them how to do it, even if they ask. Instead, give them just enough assistance to help them progress, while still fostering their independence.
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Woohoo! It's the Boulder Cardboard Challenge, baby! Come help us rip into a truly massive pile of cardboard at Horizons K-8 on Sat from 10a-2p.
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As adults, we often take a “teacher-learner” approach with children; we teach, they learn, and we tell them when they’re doing something right or wrong. When it comes to innovation, use a “learner-learner” approach.
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My house is filled with trash. Not because I’m a terrible housekeeper, or because my husband shirks his weekly duty of taking it out, but because my children love making projects out of garbage, recycling, and anything else they find compelling.
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For Alice Kembel, the choice to keep a mouse, release it, or use it as snake bait parallels the choices we make as parents of creative children.
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Really: Hugh Herr is designing a "spider suit" to augment pulling strength. Here's a DIY version for your next trip to Flagstaff, Eldo, BoCan, or the BRC.