Kids’ Creative Perspectives


Kids' perspectives

I’m doing double duty this month during the A to Z Blogging Challenge. Here at Heather Erickson Author/Writer/Speaker, I will share ways to increase your creativity. I’ll also be doing the challenge at Facing Cancer with Grace, where I will share posts that focus on caregiving. I hope you’ll visit me at both sites. While you’re here, sign up for my email list. Today’s post is K is for Kids’ Creative Perspectives.

Single, Double, or King?

Our daughter, Emily, was a quiet, highly intelligent child. When she played, it was very grounded in reality. However, it was imaginative. For example, one day when she was about 4 years old, I saw her seated in the doorway which led to her room. She had a large box in front of her and a pad of Post-It notes. She sat patiently in silence. I asked her what she was doing. She told me that she owned this hotel and would I like to check in.

Curious, I said, “sure.”

She scrawled a number on a post-it and handed it to me. “Here you go. Room number three.”

It was the cutest thing. Other kids played fireman and movie star and she played hotel. She played hotel a lot!

To the Moon!

One day I was driving the kids somewhere in our family van. Emily sat in the seat behind me as I drove down the highway. She held a book in her hands looking from page to page. She said, “I never want to go to the moon.” With awe in her voice. “There are so many critters there.”

“Critters?” I asked. “What kind of critters?”

“Big critters, little critters; The moon is full of critters!” still with awe in her voice.

Within moments we’d arrived home and I opened up the van’s sliding door. “What on earth do you mean by critters?” I asked.

“These critters,” she said, pointing to the child’s encyclopedia. When I saw the moon’s craters, I laughed so hard. “Those are craters, not critters,” I explained. She didn’t understand why I was laughing like I was. To her, critters or craters, the moon was a scary place.

Perceptions of Kids

Kids see the world differently than adults do. In the process of growing up, we lose a little of that magic. Meditate on the things that you hear kids say. If you do this enough, you can recapture your own child-like imagination. What do they see when they are staring at the clouds? How does the grass feel as they run barefoot across it to get their Easter basket? Beyond the things kids say and fee are the coming of age realizations, too.

Miss Nikko’s Tears

When I was in the 6th grade I had the greatest teacher ever. In fact, she was the first person to see a writer inside of me. Miss Nikko actually read to our class—out loud, just like we were little kids. I think that she saw that even big kids needed to be inspired by stories. I’ll never forget when she read us, The Bridge to Terabithia. The especially amazing thing was when she cried as she read the sad parts. There was a sort of magic in her tears. She didn’t act embarrassed to feel the strong emotions that a good story elicits.Instead, she trusted us with her tears. Now, whenever a book makes me cry, I know it’s okay, because Miss Nikko cried, too.

That Cancer Dragon.

A beautiful and tragic example of looking through a child’s eyes can be found in the immersive experience of a “game” called That Cancer Dragon. It was created by the father of a child who had cancer. He eloquently puts you in his shoes but also shows how his son felt as he went through treatment. If you want to have your heart torn out and be inspired at the same time, I highly recommend checking it out. It’s available on the steam platform.

That Dragon, Cancer

Kids’ Quotes & Questions

Looking at life through a kid’s eyes can really be an adventure. It can also be a great way to think creatively. When we write from an adult’s point of view, ours is often blended in. When you think about what it’s like to be a kid and hear things with a kid’s short breadth of life experience, It is really altered. Try to recapture those moments of wonder. Spend time with children of various ages. Learn how the brain of a child develops. http://amzn.to/2DKkhmT It’s really quite amazing! Write a short story from a kid’s point of view—then change the kid’s age and write it again. How do things change? Try to remember pivotal moments in your life and how your thinking has changed since then.
When you think like a child for a while, you can’t help but be open to the wonders of this world.

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About Heather Erickson

I am an author, writer, and speaker and homeschooling mom of 3. Since doctors diagnosed my husband, Dan with stage IV lung cancer in 2012, I’ve focused my writing and speaking on helping cancer patients and their families advocate for themselves and live life to the fullest, in spite of their illness. My goal is to help people face cancer with grace.

My books The Memory Maker’s Journal and Facing Cancer as a Friend: How to Support Someone Who Has Cancer, are available at Amazon.com.

I also blog about living with cancer at, Facing Cancer with Grace.

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12 comments on “Kids’ Creative Perspectives

There is so much truth in kids. I learn a lot listening to them. Good stories, Heather.

Sometimes it’s great to just listen to kids talk. The things they come up with…

Great blogpost. Kids certainly do have a different perspective on the world and so refreshing to listen to their imaginative ideas. Your sixth grade teacher reminded me of Mrs. Beyer who read Charlotte’s Web to us every day after lunch. And we were in the 8th grade! We were enthralled by the story and would not allow her to skip that special story time. I had to read the ending to the class because Mrs. Beyer was too choked up to continue. In fact, because of her, I always read Charlotte’s Web to my third grade class every year. Still list it as one of my favorite books.
JQ Rose

I love both your Emily and your Miss Nikko stories, Heather. Both allowed you to see their hearts.
I can see Emily at the door to her room, checking you in. Did you have to pay? Could you get room service? If she’d carried on a few more years, she could have made a fortune!

It is so amazing to see the world through the eyes of children. Their imagination is so much fun to see.Weekends In Maine

Hi Liz, It sure is! often they can say the wisest things in the midst of their kid stuff. The best thing is to listen to kids talk to each other. Then you get twice the fun!

Thank you, J.Q. I think there is something so special about seeing someone like a teacher be vulnerable. It’s almost a sacred experience that stays with kids their whole lives. Have an awesome day 🙂

Karen, you make me laugh. And you just reminded me of the time Emily sat at the end of our driveway with a box of rocks and tried selling them to the neighbors. Someone actually gave her $3. I guess she has always been a bit of an entrepreneur. Have a wonderful day!

Hi Karen, It sure is. I am often in awe of these little people with a lifetime of experiences ahead of them, like blank pages of a book, on which time will write a story. Have a great day!

I love the simplicity of childhood – they have imagination and they have play, and if we keep their world from being exposed to the ugliness of the world for as long as possible then they get to be children for that little bit longer. It’s funny you mentioned The Bridge to Terabithia – I’ve never read it or watched it because I hate sad endings (maybe I’m more childlike than I thought)

Leanne | http://www.crestingthehill.com.au
L for Love Yourself

Hi Leanne, Kids really are so innocent. They are our better selves, who we should emulate. It’s almost a little backward that They become more like us as they grow. Maybe we should try to be more like them. Have a wonderful day!

Thank you, Jacqui. Kids are better versions of us. Have a great weekend!

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