So when our beautiful BIG Kids magazine arrived I was so excited to see Jonah's drawing in the pages of this freshly, inspiring book, cause it just does not feel like a magazine to me. It feels warmer and much more durable, almost like a journal.
But beyond my own parental proudness of my sons drawing, I was struck by the togetherness and unity of amazing creations that spread across the pages. A belief that art is for EVERYONE, that we all create things differently and the magic of any art is special.
The part that really got to my heart was this.... Page 61.
'The opportunity for unbridled expression in
children’s play is decreasing. As we ‘screen play’
our way toward a crisis of childhood marked by
micro-managed play dates, fashion focus and
consumer-based activities, we are increasingly
seeing stressed out six-year-old ‘gamers’ and an
increasing obesity epidemic.
BIG Kids Magazine supports a current trend in
which parents and educators recognise the value
of a de-pressurised and genuine childhood. The
need to nurture and value creative thinking and
play in young people is vital in building physical,
cognitive and emotional intelligence in the next
generation. We believe that time should be valued
as a vital resource made freely available for our kids
with days left over to collect the quiet unseen bits
of the world, to listen and respond, to breathe and
grow, to think, and contribute in new ways and old.'
I have no other words here as this says enough...