Things I found, things I am saving for winter

Cory's Pinecone Mound

​Look at the treasures I found:

  • This week's free coloring page features a character I have been developing recently, a young girl jumping on the bed with her stuffed animals. See the download at the bottom of this page.
  • This week I colored my St. Patrick's Day search and find. I enjoy the usual black and white appearance of my kid's activities. I enjoy its simplicity and the idea that you can color the page as you find items. However, color is easily more attractive, so I decided to include a color copy of my search find in the St. Patrick's Day Activity Collection.
  • I have also written more about my St. Patrick's Day Activity Collection on my blog.
  • I was inspired by @theghostegg on Instagram!

Cultivating Curiosity

Curiosity helps you navigate through life—it gives you a sense of wonder and mystery about the world around you and your place within it. I enjoy exploring, discovering, learning, questioning, investigating, and asking questions of myself and others as I go along my journey through life—all because I have curiosity, something that is innate to us all.

We carry it with us from the time we are children into adulthood. A 2012 article at the BBC inspired me to write about curiosity today, and so I will provide a link to it here. The article argues for the case of neoteny, which is "the retention of juvenile features throughout life" (Wikipedia). Curiosity explains the evolutionary advantage of neoteny because wonder that extends into adulthood plays a vital role in problem-solving, decision-making, creative thinking, and innovation. However, I am writing today because it has made me reflect upon my childhood memories of curiosity. I hope that others who may be reading this newsletter can do likewise.

My goal in creating kid's activities is to foster curiosity and wonder. Why? First of all, because I remember how it felt as a child, I want to help give children an outlet for their astonishment. Second, I hope they will have fun learning, be challenged yet not overwhelmed, and feel great about themselves when they finish! Third, I hope it encourages them to cultivate curiosity into adulthood as they become the next generation of great thinkers. Finally, I hope they solve some of the problems we struggle to solve today.

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xx Cory


As always, you can share your completed coloring page on Instagram, Twitter, or Tik Tok. Tag me @bycoryshaw and use the hashtag, #colorwithcory. I will share your project with my audience.

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