I spent the morning yesterday working on my computer at a coffee shop. The screen had our illustrated owl image saying "Follow us on FACEBOOK", with the Facebook word being in bold.
A mother and a young girl passed by my table. The girl, who was about 4 years old, suddenly stopped and stared at my screen. “Wow!”, I thought to myself, “the Enchanted Wonders website has such a magical effect on kids. So magical, that it can actually make them stop everything and just stare at our colours and illustrations”.
“Are you OK?” I heard the Mum ask her child. The answer didn’t take long to arrive. “Look Mummy”, the girl said loudly as she was staring at our little illustrated Facebook Owl, “The little owl is saying the ‘F word’…”
No surprises here.
Children do see the world differently than adults do.
Most adults, when asked to draw clouds in the sky, will scribble big white fluffy shaped clouds. However, when I ask kids to draw clouds, I might get purple lions and a red giraffe walking the skies. We all used to see shapes in passing clouds when we were young. I wonder at what stage we all stopped seeing shapes and start seeing just clouds.
This is why when we see the world through our children's eyes, the world looks much more interesting. We notice new things we didn’t see before. We find answers to questions unanswered and we have much more fun.
‘Out of the box’ thinking is a great way to boost creativity. How do you get to think outside the box? A simple way is to look at the world through the eyes of a young child. Suddenly clouds can be purple, box can be round and Facebook can turn into the “F Word”.