Creativity is at the heart of everything we do, both as children and adults. However, we have become a society that prescribes structured creativity rather than letting us explore the possibilities of thinking freely, with no agenda or reasoning. The current UK Waterstones Children’s Laureate, Lauren Child, will argue that children (and adults) should be allowed to dream and to let their creative minds run free in order to explore the true benefits of creativity for emotional support and connectivity to the wider world. Creativity, as Lauren sees it, is a life changer.
It is increasingly accepted that a lack of creative outlet has a negative impact on our mental health - but while children learn through playing, we don’t let ourselves have this space as adults. Idle time to experiment and enjoy - to do things for the sheer pleasure of doing them has been squeezed out of our lives and, Child will argue, we need it back.