Last week, I let y’all know that I’ve had the pleasure of testing out some brand new electronic toys this season. Courtesy of HP, we received the new HP ENVY Rove 20 Mobile All-in-One Desktop PC – read my review here – and the snazzy HP ENVY 5530 e-All-in-One Printer.
In addition to the super sleek tech gadgets, HP also sent us a copy of Creative IQ: Giving Young Learners the Creative Edge in a Competitive World. The book offers over one hundred activities contained within ten-themed chapters to help parents and teachers develop children’s Creative IQ; a concept they have defined as the ability to confidently develop and express creative, out-of-the-box solutions to challenges relating to every aspect of life. The activities involve art, music, drama, creative movement, cooking, science, mathematics and fitness.
Well, since I have two little guys who love to learn, we dove right into some of the Brain Training Challenges, including “My Dream Bedroom”, which fosters Design and Categorization Skills.
“This activity will allow kids to draw their ideal bedroom with a pencil, black marker, or crayon. Photocopy the bedroom design several times with the ENVY 5530 e-All-in-One so that young learners can experiment with different colours to see which combination looks best. Challenge: Ask the children to identify each of the colours used as a primary, secondary or tertiary colour, thus helping to build their classification skills.”
Well, since Ryder was recently treated to a dream bedroom makeover, I thought it was only fair that Reid had a chance to create his own ideal bedroom too. However, we ran into the first roadblock right from the start; (1) Reid can’t actually create an intelligible design and (2) neither can I. Seriously, when God was handing out artistic talent he skipped over me completely. (Guess I’ll just have to rely on my wit and charm, eh?) Hence, after a few futile attempts that proved mildly embarrassing and majorly annoying, I turned to my good friend, MS PowerPoint.
Within moments I had drummed up a dream room for Reid, and it printed out beautifully – and wirelessly, mind you – on our ENVY 5530 e-All-in-One. Then, with a press of a button, I easily photocopied the design so that he could try out different colour combinations.
The good news? Reid loved experimenting with different hues, and I introduced him to primary and secondary colours. We had a great time deciding on which colour he should choose for his bedding, rug and of course, craft table and chairs. (Although I did question his decision to colour one of the plants purple, until he explained that he was colouring his “lilac plant”. Well – I guess he showed me!)
The bad news? Reid is far from mastering the pincer grip, and holds his crayons like he holds a lollipop. So let’s just say that this colouring expertise was slightly below par, especially next to big brother Ryder, who colours with the flair of an accomplished artist. Still, how cute is his little hand grabbing his crayon?
In the end, he produced a few different options and declared that his dream room was… all of them. Ha! Now, I just need to kick him out of my bed so that we can get to designing his so-called dream room.
We’re really loving the Creative IQ challenges and love our new HP ENVY Rove 20 Mobile All-in-One Desktop PC and ENVY 5530 e-All-in-One Printer even more. We’re able to enjoy hours of family time which give my young learners a chance to develop new skills with fun and enriching play experiences. And I love this: “Children with the ability to think, process information, and express themselves creatively will have an extra set of skills to draw upon as broad-minded, motivated adults, confident in their ability to make a valuable contribution to any group or endeavour.” – Creative IQ: Giving Young Learners the Creative Edge in a Competitive World.
The HP products mentioned in this blog post were supplied by HP Canada.