Creative Activity — Connect the Dots with 1 Line Revealed

I hope all of you are enjoying these creative genius activities. I know that you may be a bit out of your comfort zone (I often am) but it gets better, trust me.

With my current piano students, I am having them compose their own song. Paradoxically, the younger ones are having an easier time even though they are less experienced. The older ones (near teen age and teens) are having a harder time. They expect there to be a right or wrong answer. They sit at the piano creating nothing because they are too judgmental. I met with one student yesterday having a very hard time. I finally got him to boil the problem down to fear. He was afraid it wasn’t going to be good. He feared criticism.

I told him that he would have to take a small risk. I wasn’t going to get on his case. I also told him no one at the recital was going to judge his composition or him because they haven’t composed before. I told him to risk the criticism, shove fear aside, and just write something! The pep talk seemed to work after I gave him a few pointers and told him to at least write 8 measures worth of music.

So why tell you this? Risk creativity. Be bold in just one creative pursuit. If it’s not your size, you don’t have to try it on more than once.

In the last creative genius post, you were to connect 9 dots using just 1 line. Here are two ways you could have solved it.

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Letter, Number, and Shape Relay: A Lesson for Toddlers

Relay Lesson for Letters, Numbers, and Shapes     About two weeks ago, I decided my little girl (almost 2.5 years old) was probably ready for some targeted learning activities. She is really great with her letters (capital only), she is ok with her number up to 10 with 3 and 4 being omitted occasionally, and she doesn’t know her shapes. Sometimes we color and draw on the back sliding door with window markers and we go through these three items. However, I came up with another activity that surprisingly gave a benefit beyond that of my expectations.

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