We learn from children how to expand our creativity and our horizons

Savona – I have read and reread The Little Prince dozens of times, at different moments in my life, and at each new beginning I was always surprised and worried to find confirmation that no adult could understand the protagonist’s drawing. My concern was gradually heightened as I, even after growing up, while remembering exactly what that drawing represented, stood staring at it for a few moments, a little surprised at what it could hide.

It was the confirmation that, even in spite of myself, I had become an adult who is stuck in rational logic, unable to grasp the thousands of creative possibilities that exist, and as only a mind that is still a child , with few preconceptions, dogmas and beliefs can comprehend. This created a certain sadness in me: Was I no longer able to approach the world with an open and curious mind? Maybe!

But a very recent conversation with Alessia and Cristina about the Le Valigette project opened up new possibilities for me. I met them in a bar in the historic center of Albenga, and while sipping a cup of coffee together, between a laugh and another, they told me how the deconstructed games they make and the workshops they organize do not only aims to provide tools for developing creativity. for the little ones, but also to get the parents to regain their lost imagination.

“Adults have lost the ability to be unstructured. In front of everything, they think they already know what it is and how it works. It’s not just a question of how one is educated, but according to Cristina it really is one physiological changes that occur in our brain: “Over the years, we have built different structures based on our experiences, which allows us to respond to different situations, which we then automatically report on everything we live”.

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According to Cristina, the child is actually much more open than the adult struggling to detach himself from the structures he has created: “For example, if an adult sees a building game, he immediately visualizes the bricks to build a house. The child, on the other hand, will try to arrange them first vertically to build a tower, then horizontally to create a walkway or place them scattered around on a track with toy cars. The mind is open to a thousand possibilities to be experienced, which changes over time and expands as it knows the outside world ‘.

The games created by these two mothers, friends and artisans, are of different types: they range from suggestions for the first months of life up to 7 years. Each of these is a tool for introducing new skills or letting the little ones explore new worlds. “We organize workshops that include the presence of parents as well as children, because we want the former to notice what their children are doing and were able to get into their world and explore new ways of looking at things“.

Any kind of pedagogy, including Montessori one, should be updated with today’s scientific knowledge

In this way, by letting those who still have an open and curious mind take us by the hand, we can thus learn to expand our rigid structures, and this will allow us to see solutions where we until a few minutes before only so problems. The invitation is therefore to try to close in a folder what we already know, our beliefs, limiting thoughts, cognitive imbalances, to allow us to experience ourselves, to know new parts of us that we do not yet know exist and which may have been unexplored to this day.

They have convinced us that in order to be big and smart, we need to take an example from those who are smarter than us, but perhaps they have forgotten to add that he or she does not necessarily have to have a larger stature than ours. We can train our minds to expand, also thanks to the closeness of the children, which has no walls in front of it, but day by day they experience reality through new eyes, still full of wonder, wonder and curiosity. Let’s learn from them!

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