Header image created by Iris Lawson, Age 12
The summer is almost over, but we have one final family-fun creativity mission for you!
In case you missed our first five missions, you can access them here: “Create Your Own Family Camp,” “Family Game Night With a Creative Twist,” “A Colorful Scavenger Hunt in Nature,” “Summer of Surprises,” and Going Beyond Your Interest Zone.”
Our final mission is titled, Recolor Your World. You can read the description below or watch our video with Dr. Cyndi Burnett and children’s book author Barney Saltzberg.
Think Beyond What You See
Take a moment to close your eyes and imagine a bowl of fruit. What are all the colors you see? You might see a yellow banana, an orange-orange, a red or green apple, and a brown wooden bowl.
Next, close your eyes again, and reimagine the same bowl of fruit, but this time, recolor each of the items. The banana is now blue, the orange is hot pink, the apple is black, and the bowl is a deep purple. What does this new bowl of fruit look like? How does it make you feel?
What does this creative exercise do? It forces you to think beyond what you see in front of you and to view the world in new and different ways. It also helps to stimulate creative thinking, which is a process that can be used in all areas of your life.
Your Task: Recolor Your World
So, grab a pack of markers, colored pencils, crayons, and some paper. Select something that is part of your world that you see every day- it could be something small like a piece of jewelry or something large like your backyard. Think about all of the colors you see, and then recolor everything you see.
Here are some examples created by some of our friends- Emily (age 12), Sophia (age 9), and Eliana (age 10).
Dr. Cyndi Burnett is the Director of Possibilities for Creativity and Education. Like her creativity-focused curriculum for students and teachers, Cyndi embraces the creative lifestyle that she teaches. You will often find her trying on new ideas, exploring resources to stretch her thinking, and being an advocate for playfulness and humor. Although she loves to research and write about creativity, Cyndi is a firm believer in field service. She has 20 years of teaching experience as an academic at the International Center for Studies in Creativity at SUNY Buffalo State where she instructed classes in creative-thinking and creative problem-solving.
Cyndi is the co-author of the books Weaving Creativity into Every Strand of Your Curriculum, 20 Lessons for Weaving Creativity into your Curriculum, and My Sandwich Is a Spaceship: Creative Thinking for Parents and Young Children.