I've been feeling like a student again, trying to catch up on readings as I embark on a 6-weeks course, a first since I had my children. But this time the readings seem to be more meaningful and inspiring because I'm able to apply it to my life. I've been reading the article "Cultures of Creativity" and it talks about how Playing, Making and Sharing are critical components in shaping our creative environment. I feel especially connected to the concept of 'Making'. According to the article, 'Making' is not just about the activity of creating and building, but refers to an attitude that the world is constantly being built and re-built, and that there is an active role to be played in that building and rebuilding... The activity of making things provides a rich context for learning. It doesn’t really matter what you are making; you might be building a sand castle, writing a poem, cooking a new recipe, or programming an interactive robot. What’s important is that you are making something that is meaningful to yourself or others around you.
In our 'buy and throw' society now, I find that 'Making' has been dismissed by people as a science, or an art, something only for a school project or work requirement, rather than an attitude of creating things in our everyday lives. I'm very inspired by the people who constantly create things from nothing to something, or from something to something more. My father-in-law once converted a chair (found at a rubbish bin) to one with rollers. It's not like he couldn't afford a new chair with rollers, it was the attitude, the creative spirit that he had. I want my children to have that attitude of 'Making' too. So I try as best as I can now, to always challenge our family to first think of 'making' something rather than immediately resorting to 'buying'.
One day, I brought the children to the nursery for some cold room fun. And along the way, we ended up buying some tiny pots of plants. If you've been following my blog, you will know that Nat does enjoy taking care of plants but last year the 2 Japanese Roses that he potted sort of died. Somehow we don't have green fingers. So this time we bought pots of cactus instead for easier maintenance and a longer lifespan.
When we got home, we realised that we didn't have a holder for the tiny pots so the water will just all drip out onto the floor. I chanced upon the many milk cartons we've been keeping and thought we could make a pot holder from a milk carton (I gave the husband, the 'see I told you these will come in handy one day' look because he doesn't like me keeping such things). Nat was very intrigued about how it was going to turn out when I surprised him by cutting a big hole out of it. He painted the milk carton white first and then excitedly painted the whole thing with his favourite colours. He was extremely proud of his painting skills, how he managed to cover every single white spot.
The milk carton was a perfect fit for the 3 tiny pots we had! Do note that the carton cap should be at the bottom so that you can easily drain the water out when you open the cap! You won't want any mosquitoes breeding inside! We're happily keeping an eye on the plants and Noe has also caught on the spirit of watering the plants, she even attempted to water the floor of our home with the watering can!