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Creativity: Beyond Just Arts + Crafts

Creativity: Beyond Just Arts + Crafts - Creativity is so much more than arts such as drawing or painting, or even crafts such as knitting or scrapbooking. Creativity is turning ideas into reality - and that is going to look different for each of us.

If you do a quick Pinterest search of “creative” you will end up with an endless supply of DIY craft projects. I’m not ragging on these, I love a good reclaimed pallet project as much as the next person. But what if you are someone whose creativity goes beyond arts +/or crafts?

Before we dive into this, let’s take a minute and re-visit what creativity really means. As I have said in the past, the definition of creativity that I like best is “turning ideas into reality.” By sticking with that simple definition, we don’t have to get into an argument (or all out brawl) about what qualifies as creative activities.

Creativity: Beyond Just Arts + Crafts - Not sure if something is creative? Ask yourself the following:

Not sure if something is creative? Ask yourself the following:

Do I have to:

  • use my imagination?
  • problem solve?
  • learn more?

Even better if it:

  • satisfies my curiosities.
  • makes me happy.

Whether your chosen creative activity is designing a new play for your Ultimate Frisbee team and executing it (are there plays in Ultimate Frisbee?) or learning how to crochet a slip stitch – it doesn’t matter. If you are turning ideas into reality, then you, my friend, are creative.

Creativity goes beyond arts + crafts. Often when you hear about creativity it is associated with arts like graphic design or crafts such as scrapbooking or knitting. Creativity and creative activities go so far beyond that. It’s impossible to make one succinct list that includes all of it, so I’ll share a few examples to just give you a better idea.

  • Woodworking
  • Soapmaking
  • Model Building
  • Stand up Comedian
  • Pottery
  • Cooking
  • Dancing
  • Gardening
  • Playing Sports
  • Writing
  • Playing an instrument
  • Making a video game

As I mentioned, these are just a few random activities, very likely you practice your creativity in a way that is not on this list.

Think about your day. If I asked you to make a list of the ways you were creative sticking to just the arts and crafts model, there is a solid chance your list would be pretty short or maybe even non-existent. However, when you use the definition of turning ideas into reality, keeping in mind that whenever you use your imagination, problem-solve, or satisfy your curiosities – that all counts as being creative – your list would be considerably longer.

So, let’s do that. Make a list of the ways you were creative yesterday. Need some inspiration? Here is a list I made from last Tuesday (I included just a few ideas, but in reality I could make an argument that a few other activities were creative as well):

Creativity: Beyond Just Arts + Crafts - Make a list of how you were creative today, be sure to go beyond just arts + crafts in your thinking of creative activities.



As you can see, I have one example of an arts + crafts type activity (it just so happens that I love a good craft project though). A majority of my creative activities throughout the day are non-arts + crafts creative activities. 

Here are a couple more examples of how you may use your creativity (turning ideas into reality) on a daily basis:

  • One of your kids gets the idea to make a fort under the dining room take + you make it happen = creativity
  • A special request for dinner + you scouring the refrigerator and cabinets to make it happen = creativity
  • You realize you haven’t taken a trip in awhile + set out on a new adventure = creativity
  • A problem arises at work + you figuring it out = creativity
  • A conflict between two co-workers + you coming up with a compromise = creativity
  • Your kid refuses to do his/her homework + you come up with an idea to get them to do it/trick them/bribe them = creativity

So what’s the point? The point is you are creative, you practice your creativity in many different ways throughout your day that go way beyond what is considered arts + crafts.

Just because you are not painting portraits or DIY’ing you kid’s 3rd birthday party – it doesn’t mean you aren’t creative. Don’t let an outdated notion of creativity stop you from practicing yours and doing something to make yourself happy.

So practice your creativity – whatever form your it takes – just practice it. Leave me a comment and tell me how you practice your creativity.

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