Out of all the DIYs that I create, here and elsewhere, kids projects are strangely one of my favorites to come up with…well, aside from flower DIYs (naturally).
There is just something so freeing about creating DIYs for kids. Obviously, it’s vastly different from creating projects for adults. So it’s nice to switch gears in that way, every now and then. But it’s more than that – kids are so imaginative. They don’t need the whole story fed to them…they can kind of take something and run with it…make it up on their own. They’re not worried about the outcome. They enjoy the process, the experimentation, the freedom to explore. And I LOVE that!
It almost makes me daydream about being a kid again. At least for a little while. Until I think about high school and then I’m like, ‘Nope, I’m good.’
As artists, creatives, and even bloggers, we all have a little bit (or a lot) of that forever-a-kid gene in us. The one that says it’s okay to explore new things, get lost in something, and not worry about where XYZ will take us. At least when it comes to making. That freedom is what allows for those crazy,’ why didn’t I think of that sooner’ moments – those bursts of creativity and imagination. Those moments that you would do just about anything for when you’re on a deadline and have absolutely NO ideas.
Sometimes though, you have to pull that kid back out of you to remember it’s there.
So today, I want to challenge you to ease up on the boring must-do work that pulls you from those creative threads and take an hour, or even just a few minutes, to do something just for fun. Something, anything, that will bring a smile to your face and make you feel like a kid again. Doodle on the back of a napkin at lunch. Skip through the park on your way to coffee. You don’t even have to have a plan to get started! Isn’t being a kid fun?!
It is Monday after all, so what do you have to loose? Give it a try. And then let me know how it goes. I’d love to hear about it.
What will you do today to get back in touch with that ‘forever kid’ inside of you?
P.S. In the spirit of experimenting and just kind of playing around, I made these mini playhouses for kids’ toys, recently, out of milk cartons for Momtastic. I thought it was fitting for today’s post. If you would like to see the full tutorial, you can check it out here.