When I was around five years old, my father set aside some of his small hand tools in a toolbox for me to use. Often in the evenings or weekends when my father was working on a project, I would be there with him fashioning something from scrapes of wood he had discarded.
It was a wonderful way to spend time with him. Sometimes we would talk, but most of the time we would just share the creative space with each other.
Unfortunately, my father’s need to remind me to use a specific tool for the task it was designed often disturbed the peaceful hum of us creating. “A hammer is for pounding nails, a saw is for cutting wood, a drill is for drilling holes,” he would say.
Many years later his words about using a tool for the task it was designed for came back to me, but in a completely different context.
I felt his words were telling me to stop expecting myself to be like others and instead to embrace who I really was and all the gifts I had to offer. Then walk that path.
With this in mind, I would like to invite you and the children in your life, to explore some of the ICWIB art activities and videos for FREE because they are wonderful way to help you reconnect with your authentic nature and discover the person you were designed to be.