IHF in Bali: Encouraging the Creative Mind

Back in February, on the last day of the month, our special activity was drawing based.

We showed the children at our IHF Bali Education Center a few examples of how to use their hands to build an animal body, and how to add additional body parts, including: legs, eyes and/or beaks in order to complete the whole animal.

The children quickly chose the animal they wanted to create and the color they wanted to use. Even though most of them chose to draw a chicken, no two drawings were the same.

With excitement the students sunk their hands in paint and smashed it onto the paper. Their thumbs turned into the necks and heads of the bird, while their other fingers simulated the feathers. Then, the children drew eyes, beak, legs and everything needed to make the palm of their hands turn into a chicken.

Each of the students decorated their animal in a different way, and we got beautiful drawings with colorful feathers. Many of the children also drew landscapes as they wanted to, resulting in beautiful flamingos standing in a lake and chickens on a cloudy day or in a bright green field. The kids really enjoyed drawing freely!

The children we serve at our Bali Center also draw in between classes, to decorate their sponsor letters, or to give them as a present to our volunteers.

In addition to the academic education we offer the kids here, is our important commitment to encourage the children to develop their creative minds. Creativity is key for their development, as the imagination is the first step in solving problems and social evolution.

Just as the children imagine what their drawings will look like and design them, so they will also have to visualise the solution for their daily problems. And maybe, if their creativity is developed enough, they will find a solution that no one has thought about before, and that is where we start to evolve as a society.

Creativity is not only the ability to make up new songs, create a piece of art every day, or even build marvelous architectural pieces. A creative person will also constantly seek solutions to the new problems that arise every day. Creative people work with something they already have and transform it in order to create something completely new.

There are different types of intelligences, and in the school the tend to only develop the logical-mathematical one. If a child doesn’t have a logical-mathematical intelligence, the child, or others around that child, may automatically assume he or she is not intelligent. It is important that we encourage personal development through creative projects so that children can discover the other types of intelligences and see which one(s) they are good at. Each child has something great inside of them, and as a global family we need to help them in the process of search and discovery.

To the American Psychologist, Abraham Maslow, creative people are like happy and secure children, and we share in that belief. If people know that they can face any problem they encounter, they will be more self-confident.

These days, with all the emerging technologies, kids and adults are stuck to screens, and are less likely to express their feelings to each other or display their creativity. Doing these kinds of creative exercises help children express themselves in a different way. It could lead to finding a passion, one worth fighting for. The children could see the world from another perspective. All of this is really important for their development and that is why we keep organising these kinds of activities.