Thanks to Gwen for reminding me of some things about creativity that I had forgotten about!
I am the third of seven children. I have two older brothers and four younger sisters. Guess who was the one responsible for a lot of things around the house? Not the boys! As early as the age of 7 I was responsible for helping with laundry folding, changing my youngest sisters, and keeping the other two busy by finding things for them to do.
Back then there was this thing that some of our friends had; it was a doll that came in a book which had clothes printed on the pages. You cut them out and folded tabs over the body (this was fun!) One of these books probably cost as much as a dozen eggs...so my Mom would opt for the latter. She encouraged me to try and copy the idea and make my own. I could find some box board to make the doll, and typewriter paper to make the clothes which I could colour with crayons. Funny....one of my sisters mentioned that doll a few weeks ago!
But that was only one of the many projects that we did over the years....we also made Barbie clothes, made puppets and a theatre for shows, Christmas decorations (including popcorn strings). I know there were many more ... but what they were is not as important as their influence on shaping creativity! After all ... necessity is the Mother of Invention!
It is quite possible that the need to create our own fun actually helped to develope creative talents still with us today!
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