Learn: Three Keys to Facilitating Creativity in Children (Part 2)
Explore: Practice Facilitating Kids' Creativity (Part 3)

What ELSE (Explore Learn Share Etc.) Wednesday

Now that we've crossed the mid-month hump of Valentine's Day, February feels like it's practically over already. During this last full week of February, these are my exploring, learning and sharing highlights: 

Yesterday afternoon I spent some time exploring internet videos. I watched a few Globe Trekker excerpts, including this 1½-minute clip of the Carnival in Rio. I also explored the TED archives; I enjoyed watching AnnMarie Thomas's short demo of using homemade play dough to explore circuits. 

The research I've done in the past week regarding kids' creativity (find my recent blog posts on the topic here: Part 1 and Part 2) has reminded me that my own creativity does not depend on my blog readership statistics or feedback or comments on my blog. Relearning this lesson brought to mind one of my early posts, Learn: Not to Take Things Personally, and rereading my own advice was a balm for my creative soul.

Though I'm the one sharing the recipe that follows, Joel is the chef in our family. For the third Fat Tuesday running, he cooked up a deliciously rich batch of Emeril's Chicken and Smoked Sausage Gumbo. Joel says making the roux is tedious but worth the gumbo's texture and complex flavors. The kids even love this absolutely scrumptious dish, rating it with 100s of stars! 

(Etc.):  Here in the Minneapolis area, our winter snowfall is almost two feet below average. Monday night we got a couple inches of snow, just enough to make everything look clean and bright. 


What ELSE? What have you been exploring or learning? What do you have to share, (etc.)? Comment here or via twitter.