Entries by Lina

Divergent Thinking with Preschoolers

Divergent thinking: a thought process or method used to generate creative ideas by exploring many possible solutions. Young kids do this naturally yet by the time they reach fourth grade creativity scores show a steep decline (source, source). So the question becomes: HOW do we harness children’s natural creative thinking abilities when they are young so that […]

Think Big [Book Review]

What do you do when your child says ‘I’m bored’? If you’re like me you might say: “Go outside” or “Play with your sister/brother” or “Play with your [insert latest toy]” or my favourite “Go make something”! I’m a true believer that if you leave children to work through their feelings of boredom they come up […]

My Book of Ideas!

My ‘Book of Ideas’! With all of the submissions of the Book of Ideas coming through I felt inspired to make a book of my own! I decided to let this book evolve organically and just start writing whatever came to mind – what I’m working through at the moment – and that happens to […]

Introducing… The ‘Book of Ideas’ Project!

The ‘Book of Ideas’ Project gives kids an outlet for their ideas, encourages new thinking and establishes a meaningful creative practice for kids. What exactly is a ‘Book of Ideas’? A ‘Book of Ideas’ is a way for children to express their interests, curiosities and explorations of any topic of their choosing using whatever materials […]

New website COMING SOON!

Thank you for visiting! This website is undergoing some BIG changes. Please come back in a couple of weeks to see the NEW site! In the meantime, you can follow me on Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter to keep up with the latest news on Keeping Creativity Alive – especially related to children and parenting! Best, […]

What it takes to Keep Creativity Alive

I’ve been thinking a great deal about this blog and what it means to me. It started with a passion to explore ways to nurture creativity in children. As I’ve researched and explored this topic further, I’ve discovered that it’s about that and so much more. So many ideas race through my mind about what […]

Get out of their way!

“Kids are born curious. Period…. If you’re a child, you are curious about your environment. You’re overturning rocks. You’re plucking leaves off of trees and petals off of flowers, looking inside, and you’re doing things that create disorder in the lives of the adults around you.   And so then so what do adults do? […]

Embrace the Shake

“Embracing a limitation can actually drive creativity.” “Could you become more creative by looking for limitations?” “We need at first to be limited to be limitless.”   This is a really cool talk on so many levels. Phil Hansen talks about the art making process, breaking through a creative slump, and embracing the shake and […]