With only a few weeks of the school year left – many of us are looking forward to the holiday period. Christmas is (alarmingly) just around the corner, swiftly followed by the New Year.
The extra time at home takes us away from programs that help to encourage creativity, such as us here at Marrzipan drama. However, it equally comes with new opportunities to channel creativity in our tamariki!
How can we continue to use creativity and weirdness to help our children to grow in confidence?
There are lots of great ways to encourage our children to grow through play. One way which stands out from my own childhood is costumes. Easily my favourite time in any Marrzipan class is seeing all of the students arrive for a dress rehearsal in their fantastic outfits. I can see from the expressions on their faces, that it is one of the shining moments in class for them too.
When I was a child, I would find ANY opportunity to get my Spiderman costume on. I mean ANY. Neighbours looking at their veggie garden? Spiderman costume. Mailman delivering mail? Spiderman costume. Family around for Christmas? Spiderman costume. This was such an effortless way that I grew my own confidence, without realising it. In getting that costume on, and channeling my inner spiderman, I was allowing my weird side to flourish!
Another great way to keep the creativity going over the holidays is to create performances! I fondly remember creating “radio plays” with my younger sister, cousins, and anybody else I could rope in. Busting out the voice recorder and improvising a performance, only to listen back to it 4,591 times, and subject the rest of the family to mandatory listening parties too.
Other performances involved getting my family to sit down and watch as I sang, danced, and acted for hours (probably not very well.) My family, although they may have gotten tired of my antics, never stopped me. In fact, they often found themselves getting involved. This encouragement from those around me bolstered my love for the arts. Which then, I am sure, played a huge part in creating the confident human that teaches your Marrzi-people today!
So the best way to keep the Marrzipan spirit alive these holidays?
Put on that version of the household nativity play starring Anna, Elsa and the Hulk. Get dressed up in silly costumes, and get involved in the games, laughter and joy that comes from creativity! We here at Marrzipan can’t wait to see the videos, hear the stories, and witness the growth in our students once they return.