I was reading a post on What if It All Means Something? and it gave me inspiration for a post of my own. The post was about how Will made a stop-motion movie with a VHS video-recorder and some action figures. It reminded me of when I was a child and my brother and I used to play with the “Star Wars guys,” which were basically Star Wars action figures. Each one had its own name and personality (most of those personalities had nothing to do with the way the characters actually were in the movies) and they had their own voices. We made up elaborate stories about the “Star Wars guys,” but nothing ever got written down, unfortunately. I wish it had — it would be hilarious to read back over it.
There was also a computer program we used to play with called Spider-Man Cartoon Maker, where you could create and animate your own cartoons — with backdrops, items/weapons, and characters from Spider-Man. You could add sound effects and speech and thought bubbles. At the time, I didn’t really care too much for Spider-Man, but I loved the game, which allowed me to take the crazy stories that were in my head and turn them into something I could visualize. That had to have been one of my favorite games when I was younger.
The point of this post is that creativity comes naturally to children. I believe it’s something that should be nurtured. Yes, it’s true that playing with action figures and creating cartoons on the computer won’t give you any good skills for the real world, but creativity has its own importance.