What is this you may ask? Well if you read Hebrew, then you will understand that this was a little exercise my ten year old daughter was asked to do as part of a low pressure art competition of sorts to kick off a new learning unit called "Moach Mavrik", namely sharp minds. Wondering myself what they'll be learning!
For those who don't read Hebrew, I'll just have to explain it a bit. In Hebrew, a phrase meaning something like a "sharp mind" literally means a clean and shiny mind. So for their class unit about sharp minds, my daughter chose to do a play on the Hebrew words by showing a sparkling clean brain (drawn by mom) with a bunch of cleaning products! And even smarter, she drew a little bubble with the brain saying "at long last I feel shiny clean!"
I just love the little illustrations, and the fact that on her own she figured out the whole presentation once I'd drawn a (not so great) brain for her, including making the brain have dimension by gluing it to some small wooden blocks.
The lesson I learned here? Sometimes when you help kids out with their projects by doing just exactly what they ask of you, and no more, you'll actually be helping them exercise even more creativity as they don't get hung up on the part of the project that they feel they can't do. Food for thought, right?