Shaving Cream and the Art of Sharing Saving and Spending
By Kelly Mills, Senior Financial Planner at RGT Wealth Advisors
A few weeks ago, I volunteered at a summer camp serving refugee kids and it was art day. Over one hundred kids were doing an art project with shaving cream and food coloring. Imagine the chaos! All I could envision was scattered kids, swirling colors, shaving cream fights – inescapable mess!
Surprisingly, the scene I imagined didn’t happen.
Before beginning, the art teacher walked the kids through each step of the project giving detailed instructions, demonstrating how to spread out the shaving cream, designing a pattern by swirling drops of food coloring together. After pressing a piece of paper onto the design and scraping off the excess shaving cream, the result was a beautiful “marbled” piece of artwork.
She said, “Now I’ve taught you what to do and demonstrated it for you and so I’m trusting you to make good decisions with the art materials and use them the way I have shown you or there will be a consequence.” The consequence for poor decisions would be sitting out. The kids did not want to miss out on creating a masterpiece.
They did an amazing job!
The kids carefully spread the shaving cream in the pans, meticulously swirled the colors to make a beautiful design and carefully pressed the paper into the color to “marble” their artwork. I was impressed.
To read about why this was it so impressive to me and how it relates to money, click here.