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Creativity for Kids - The "Turkey Syndrome"

Do you remember tracing the outline of your hand and then coloring and decorating it to make a picture of a turkey? Every Thanksgiving season, all around the United States, classrooms are decorated with these turkeys, and when parents attend their children’s school open house they are greeted by 30 of them displayed all around the classroom.

Phyllis and Evelyn took notice of this when they were raising their children. They called it the “turkey syndrome” and although it was a cute decoration idea, they thought it resulted in too much uniformity in an activity where uniqueness was the goal. It was their opinion that children need to learn to follow rules and conform in many areas, but when it comes to “art”, individuality should be encouraged. Their open-ended, anti-cookie-cutter approach became a key attribute in the development of Creativity for Kids.