“I used to be bullied as a toddler, many, many occasions whereas I used to be rising up. There was quite a lot of verbal and emotional bullying that went on. I didn’t really feel protected or protected in any respect.”
“Nonetheless, there was one factor that gave me a way of pleasure and power, and even security as a toddler, which was singing and music,” Illani, co-founder of CreaTee Kit, shared with Vulcan Publish.
As a agency believer within the energy of arts in therapeutic, Illani was keen about creating an inventive outlet for kids to seek out the identical pleasure and safety she did in arts.
Therefore, she and her sister, Masliza, based CreaTee Package, a social enterprise that produces t-shirt DIY kits for kids ages 5 to 12. They’re meant to construct emotional intelligence and be a enjoyable exercise for kids and their mother and father to make artwork collectively.
What Do T-Shirts Have To Do With Bullying?
One CreaTee Package features a t-shirt or bag together with artwork supplies like stencils, googly eyes, glue, paint, batik, felt-tip markers, 3D paint, and cloth markers.
There’s a wide range of animal stencils to select from like a rabbit, giraffe, cat, and so on. Their t-shirt and canvas kits retail at RM68 per package every, they usually even have a subscription field that prices RM220 for 3 months. In addition they organise workshops on how you can create these DIY kits for kids as nicely.
For these of us who aren’t too well-versed in early childhood training, it might not be as simple to grasp the hyperlink between creating these tees and the way they assist with bullying within the larger image.
“Bullying occurs due to the insecurity in each events, the bully and the bullied. Our mission is about sowing the seeds of confidence and shallowness by means of the method of creation at a younger age, to construct their emotional intelligence in order that issues don’t progress negatively as they develop,” Illani defined.
Illani added that the pillars of emotional intelligence embody having self-awareness, self-regulation, motivation, social abilities, and empathy.
How their DIY kits catalyses emotional intelligence is that when a toddler makes use of their package, it encourages deliberate considering and decision-making in the course of the creation course of, which helps construct self-awareness.
And since their creation course of requires quite a lot of focus, it permits children to have the ability to full the work and in return really feel achieved for ending their artwork, which in the end provides to their self-confidence and emotional intelligence.
Furthermore, since their mother and father can work along with their youngsters on this craft, mother and father can get to know their baby higher and are capable of establish any behavioural issues of their baby.
Giving Again To Underprivileged Youngsters
As a social enterprise, they donate a part of their income to organise free t-shirt workshops for underprivileged youngsters, comparable to these in PPR flats, refugee teams just like the Rohingya folks, Orang Asli colleges, and extra.
Talking of which, throughout certainly one of their workshops with youngsters residing in PPR flats, they met a woman who may solely converse Tamil and was fairly terrified when she first walked into the workshop filled with strangers.
“There was quite a lot of hand gesturing and coaxing for her to do the exercise, and she or he ultimately managed to drag by means of with flying colors. By the tip of the session, she put her t-shirt on and frolicked with different children. She even helped clear up the entire area when all people left. That lady left with a smile happy with her achievement, and that is the impression of our work on one’s esteem-building and emotional intelligence,” Illani shared.
One of many principal challenges that Illani and Masliza face with this social enterprise helps folks perceive the impression they’re attempting to make with these DIY kits.
“We’ve had feedback the place mother and father say that the tip product won’t be stunning. There lies the misunderstanding. The fantastic thing about CreaTee lies within the course of, not the ultimate product. Irrespective of how the t-shirt comes out, the children are more than pleased as a result of it’s theirs,” Illani affirmed.
In addition they discovered that there are mother and father who don’t take their startup significantly as a result of the usage of arts within the impression they’re attempting to make is frivolous to some.
“Dad and mom would moderately purchase new clothes gadgets or electrical devices. Some can’t get previous the truth that they must design the t-shirt themselves as a substitute of shopping for a ready-made one.”
“Once more, we expect that is all about educating Malaysians about various studying. And oldsters must wish to spend time with their youngsters,” the sisters shared with Vulcan Publish.
Since they’ve helped be part of the dots for me on how DIY t-shirts may also help with emotional intelligence, it’s clearer now how they’re attempting to realize the impression they need by means of arts.
Nonetheless, this was a course of that they needed to share with me extensively for me to see the larger image of all of it. For fogeys with only some minutes of their time to spare, it could nonetheless be arduous to know the significance of what they’re doing. Nonetheless, making artwork as a means of attaining emotional intelligence has been studied with constructive outcomes.
CreaTee Package can take the chance to achieve out to extra educators as nicely to unfold their attain and impression, and maybe might someday be concerned in nationwide anti-bullying campaigns by means of their work too.
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Featured Picture Credit score: Illani and Masliza, co-founders of CreaTee Package