KEEP THE CREATIVE SPARK ALIVE
By Kate Collins
I worry about this young techno generation. I worry that their minds are so accustomed to gadgets, games, and instant gratification that they are losing their creativity. Am I right to fret?
When I taught second and third grade many years ago, my favorite subject was language arts because I could encourage my students to use their imaginations through story writing. Once I could get them to stop trying to spell everything perfectly the first time and just write, oh, what tales they told!
But it was a chore to get them to turn off the worry switch. “Just write,” I’d tell them. “We’ll fix the spelling later.” And I’d still have a line of students at my desk.
All the gadgetry makes me wonder: Do children craft their own make-believe worlds now like I used to do or rely on game geeks to develop them? Do they build forts with blocks or blow them up on their XBoxes? Do they play with imaginary friends or make them through Facebook? I’d hate to think that whole sections of their brains are going to waste.
Who will write the books of the future if we have no one that can imagine?
I’m not saying this is so, I’m just saying I can’t help but worry when I see kids with their thumbs on the buttons of their game systems all the time.
Parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles, encourage your kids to pretend. Encourage them to dress in costumes and make tents from blankets and cast spells on people from a branch in a tree. Get them outdoors and onto a bicycle that is actually their trusty steed, ready to carry them off on an adventure.
So I don’t worry.
What worries you about the youngest generation?
Kate Collins is the New York Times best-selling author of the Flower Shop Mystery series. Kate’s next mystery, THROW IN THE TROWEL, #15 in the series, is a February, 2014, release. All of Kate’s mysteries are available in print, digital, and large-print editions. Kate’s historical romances are also available in digital format at Amazon, B&N, and other e-book sellers. For more information on the Flower Shop Mysteries, visit Kate at: www.katecollinsbooks.com. Kate’s blogsite is www.cozychicksblog.com .