Using creativity instead of technology

Written by Dr. Andrew Doan & Brooke Strickland on .

The creativity of two parents has been circulating all over social media in the past couple of weeks: every year, they devote a month to bringing their children’s plastic dinosaur figures to “life” each night as their children sleep. Parents everywhere are embracing this idea and in homes all over now, dinosaurs are coming to life every night. The phenomenon has even been nicknamed “Dinovember.” Every morning, the kids wake up to something new. Maybe one night the dinos get into the fruit bowl and the next night they get into the carton of eggs on the fridge and make a mess.

Why did the parents first start this in their home, you might ask? The author puts it pretty simply, "In the age of iPads and Netflix, we don’t want our kids to lose their sense of wonder & imagination. In a time when the answers to all the world’s questions are a web-search away, we want our kids to experience a little mystery. All it takes is some time and energy, creativity, and a few plastic dinosaurs."  Genius, right!?

It’s easy to let technology zap your creativity. For many, your phone or computer screen has essentially become part of your body. It has become part of who you are and you need it to interact and function. Sound familiar? Embracing your own creativity is actually not as hard as you might think. It’s something easy to do – you just have to commit to tapping into it. At first, it might take a little time to remember how to use your imagination, simply because it might have been a while since you’ve put it to good use. But being creative is rewarding and it might even make you feel like a kid again.  Whether it’s Dinovember that you start in your home, or something else that gets your creative juices flowing again, put down the technological device and embrace your creativity with newfound passion!

By Brooke Strickland

For more on Dinovember, visit the blog:

https://medium.com/thoughts-on-creativity/6f4cb1886d41