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Last winter, thanks to an opportunity as part of the Target Inner Circle, I was able to ask Todd Oldham some questions about kids, creativity, and his own childhood. It turned out to be an experience that made a lasting impression on me and changed the way we do some things at our house.
One of the things that resonated with me was Todd’s mention of his family’s crafts table growing up and how he felt it nurtured his creative spark:
“I am forever grateful to my parents for facilitating our creativity as kids. We had a massive craft table that was always out where we all spent our time creating and sharing with each other. I realized how cool it was of mom and dad to allow us this endlessly chaotic and messy workstation in the middle of our living room without ever trying to tame it. I learned so much at that table. I know it can be a real eyesore but if you can bear it or find a less obvious place for it, the never-ending craft table is a terrific idea.”
The idea of a space our kids could access all the time, a launching pad for their creative projects – one that didn’t have to be cleaned up or put away? That idea really spoke to me.