I'm a big Steve Jobs fan. (I mean, who isn't?)
Well today I am quoting him.
Steve Job once said "Creativity is just connecting things. When you ask creative people how they did something, they feel a little guilty because they didn't really do it, they just saw something. It seemed obvious to them after a while."
Because often an idea is just a sum of our experiences. The things that we see, read, feel, touch, make, hear.
They make us who we are. And sometimes as we try to solve a problem, certain connections between those ideas happen and a creative idea is born. Often subconsciously.
So I try to expose my children to different experiences over time.
Books. Shows. Ideas. Games.
During the recent march school holidays, we spent some time doing stuff that we don't always have time for.
Here are some things that we did :
1. THE ART OF THE BRICK
We visited the Art of the Brick exhibition that is currently on show at The ArtScience Museum. Artist Nathan Sawaya creates sculptures using lego. But not just any sculptures, he pushes the boundaries and is able to create his sculptures through the use of glue.
We really love lego as a family. When the kids have time to play, they will often make something out of lego. Often some sort of spaceship or tank that will go into battle with the dinosaurs and animals or stuff toys. So when I read this post, I knew we had to go.
I loved that the exhibition inspired all of us and we all enjoyed it. Even the husband sat down at the lego table and tried to recreate the blue tear drop . He spent the longest time building and had lots of ideas about how the bricks connect.
Me? I just enjoyed seeing the different creations. How he was inspired to create artwork and sculptures and even a dinosaur. The dinosaur was pretty breath-taking.
2. THE CROODS
Now that the boys are older, movies are a great way to relax together. But I am quite particular about the shows we watch. So when Jiahui reviewed The Croods, I did some googling and decided to give it a shot. It turned out to be funny, lighthearted and touching too. You should check it out.
The Croods is an animation about a prehistoric family that has always lived in a cave to survive but gets forced into the world. The over-riding message of the movie is
not to fear the new and that anyone can think up new ideas. (My 4 year old son found certain parts scary but my 7 year old thought it was funny. The movie is rated PG.)
We have the Xbox Kinect and so my kids have 'bowled', scored strikes and often beat me at the game.
So when one of the school mums mentioned that she was organising a bowling lesson and asked if I was keen to sign J up, I decided, why not?
I was a little amused that the son thought that he could bowl with no problem because he had 'bowled' on the Kinect. Well, the ball was pretty heavy so I don't think he scored any strikes. But he had fun and actually did pretty well.
The important thing is that he had fun and got to experience real-life bowling.
Anyway, these are just a couple of the things that we got up to last week. It actually went by quite quickly (almost too quickly if i may say so) but I am glad for the time to relax as a family and that the kids had time to play.
p/s Sorry that this post is a little late. I was busy helping out with a friend's wedding last friday. Will show you some pics in the next post.