The #tinkersketch Instagram Challenge is something we're taking part in right now. We were a little late off the start, but we've simply added the days we missed onto the end of the challenge... so, we'll be running into May - rather than finishing on the 30th.
I genuinely can't describe the emotion I felt when I took this photo of the boys:
From the age of 2, Badger was incredibly resistant to using pens, pencils, painting and so on and at the age of 4.5 an educational psychologist said that he wouldn't ever write, so that we (family and school) may as well stop trying to teach him. This was a hard thing to hear, considering how much he loved creative tasks and knowing that at 2.5 he was writing his name - not perfectly and with some guidance needed.
We have always tried to encourage as much creativity as possible, but it's always needed to be planned carefully so that he is somewhat engaged in what we've set up and that it serves a purpose in Badger's eyes. We have continually made progress, but we're talking snails pace.
Since November last year, Badger's confidence in his own ability seems to have flourished and his writing has come on to an unbelievable level. It's not world's behind a NT child of 7 and he's even received a certificate for his poems. :-D This confidence and increased motor skills has led to much less resistance, in fact being far more open, to all kinds of creativity.
Since TinkerSketch started, however, we have noticed not only a more open attitude, or less resistance, but a desire to draw, paint, colour. Choosing this as an activity. Wanting to keep at it for longer than 10 seconds. I think that the clear, concise plan with dates laid out in front has really helped with this too. So, if you're looking for ways to promote creativity, encourage your child to do a little bit more or just something to spice things up a little bit - then give this a try. We're loving it!