Lois is the author of the humorous Anastasia Pollack Crafting Mysteries, and joins us today on her blog tour for Assault with a Deadly Glue Gun. This first book in the series was recently released to starred reviews from both Publisher’s Weekly AND Booklist, who says,
“Winston has hit a home run with this hilarious, laugh-until-your-sides-hurt tale. Oddball characters, uproariously funny situations, and a heroine with a strong sense of irony will delight fans…”
Also, Anastasia has her own blog here. It’s well worth checking out out.
A quick note before I turn it over to Lois – she is traveling today and so will not be able to respond to comments right away. She’ll check in as soon as she can, and there are book giveaways detailed at the end of the post, so be sure to comment to enter!
CRAFTING SAVES THE WORLD!
by Lois Winston
I believe that people are born creative. Just watch any baby or toddler exploring his surroundings, and you’ll see what I mean. Unfortunately, most adults start squelching that creativity (Don’t touch!) in their children early on. Eventually that innate creativity is so suppressed that it’s nearly impossible to retrieve. So why are we then surprised when our kids prefer to sit around for hours, staring at a computer monitor or TV screen?
Solving problems and resolving conflicts require creative thinking. Creativity needs to be nurtured in order that today’s children grow up to become tomorrow’s leaders, but too many outside forces are at work, influencing our children to “color within the lines.” Now think about this: people who color within the lines never learn to think outside the box. It’s that outside the box thinking that finds solutions to the world’s problems.
One of the ways we can help our children continue to grow their creativity is to encourage them to craft, beginning at a very early age. The first step is to have creative materials around the house for children to use. Keep ample supplies of paint, glue, markers, chenille stems, craft sticks, pompoms, and other basic craft materials handy for those “I’m bored; there’s nothing to do” days.
Instead of buying another video game for that next birthday party or special occasion, buy craft kits. Keep a few kits on hand for rainy days, for when your children’s friends spend the night, or just for an impromptu surprise. Encourage children to make gifts for family members’ birthdays, Christmas, Valentine’s Day, etc. instead of buying gifts.
Remember that your children’s efforts don’t have to be perfect. Always praise the attempt and encourage children to continue creating. The act of crafting develops small motor skills and hand/eye coordination. Creativity helps grow our brains. By encouraging your children to craft, you’re giving them an incredible foundation for future endeavors.
All it takes for children to learn to love crafting is an environment in which they can satisfy their creative nature. Nurture that inborn talent, and you’ll help your children grow into creative adults that just might wind up solving many of our planet’s problems.
Lois Winston is an award-winning author and crafts designer. Her latest book, ASSAULT WITH A DEADLY GLUE GUN, the first book in her Anastasia Pollack Crafting Mysteries series, was recently released from Midnight Ink. In celebration, Lois is on a blog tour the month of January where she’s giving away 5 copies of ASSAULT WITH A DEADLY GLUE GUN. Everyone who posts a comment to any of the blogs where she’s guesting (you can find the schedule at her website -- http://www.loiswinston.com and Anastasia’s blog -- http://www.anastasiapollack.blogspot.com) will be entered into a drawing. If your email isn’t included in your comment, email her privately at firstname.lastname@example.org to let her know you’ve entered.
In addition, Lois is also giving away an assortment of crafts books to one lucky person who posts a comment to Hearth Cricket today.