Here are some exerpts from an excellent 2004 article on Keep Kids Creative Week that appeared in the Williamsport Sun-Gazette. The writer is Stephanie Farr.
Children have sports, television, school, student governmant, Harry Potter, Gameboy, the Internet, chorus, kqarate and a plethora of other activities to engulf their time and fill their mind. So what is the one thing most children sem to be lacking these days? How about a little creativity?
"Boredom is often the first step to inventing fun. Down-time is the ground where ideas grow," Bruce Van Patter, area author and illustrator, said.
Van Patter of Lewisburg has declared the last week in September as national Keep Kids Creative Week.
"Why shouldn't I start a holiday for something as contagious as creativity?" he asked.
"Expression is one of the reasons that Van Patter declared Nation keep Kids Creative Week. Children constantly are using their imaginations, but if they aren't able to express that imagination, it becomes lost in the dailly shuffle of life."