An article in Space.com inspired me to write this post. http://www.space.com/31865-three-new-lego-space-sets.html
Where will the next dreamers come from? The writers of science fiction books and movies? The scientists, explorers?
Much has been written about the latest Star Wars movie Episode VII: The Force Awakens. Not all of it good. Take it from a long-time Star Wars afionada and the grandmother of a six- and 8-year-old who are crazy about anything Star Wars, the movie was great. I wanted to see the movie with them, to share the excitement and to find out what they liked. However, circumstances prevented that. So they were all geared up to call me . . . until their mother said no spoilers. That put a damper on their enthusiasm. After I saw the movie, they happily shared all the “exciting” parts.
Something else those grandchildren are crazy about are LEGOs. At their house, they have several Friends and Star Wars sets. On the other hand, I have the plain building sets—some their mother and uncle played with thirty-plus years ago along with new ones. My thinking is to let the kids create whatever they want. During a recent school snow day spent at my house, they not only devised structures, they put on skits based on the “underworld” scenes they created with LEGOs.
I love watching creativity at work. Storytelling, skits, building blocks. Whether it’s building kits or making up stories based on movies and TV shows, their imaginations soar. A site we’ve used for several years to write stories is My Storymaker from the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh. The program keeps improving, offering more choices for the kids to make up a story. (They talk, I type.)
The more opportunities we give children to use their imagination the better dreamers they’ll become. If they can dream it, anything is possible. Our next storytellers, filmmakers, scientists, astronauts will come from those who were encouraged to use their imagination as children.
Diane Burton writes science fiction romance, romantic suspense, and mysteries. Her latest science fiction romance release is The Protector (An Outer Rim Novel: Book 3). She blogs here on the 13th of the month and on her own blog on Mondays.