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The Pumpkin Fox

kawaiidaigakusei at 12:00AM, Nov. 26, 2018
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I gave an assignment to draw a pumpkin to a third grade class and after each student turned in their version of a pumpkin or a Jack-O-Lantern, a student turned in a drawing of a pumpkin fox.

“Oh my gosh, that drawing is SO cute!” I exclaimed as I reached for my phone to snap a picture. I promised the student I would crochet a plush toy out of the drawing because it was an original design.

It is funny how my mind works now. I know how I imagine a fox would look and I know how a pumpkin should look, only I would never imagine putting the two together because I have never seen a pumpkin fox before (of course after a quick google on the Internet, a pumpkin fox has been imagined before). However, to a third grader, the idea of these two things come together so naturally.

I think back to a lot of toys I had growing up and I wonder if they were the products of think tanks of children or if there was an adult who still came up with creative ideas with a childlike mind.

I would very much like to come up with an idea like a pumpkin fox on my own.


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irrevenant at 10:43PM, Nov. 26, 2018

Well yeah. They're both orange. Of *course* they go together. :)

PaulEberhardt at 4:11PM, Nov. 26, 2018

That's the awesome thing about working with children. They can get ideas you'd never ever think of. If they do, that is. We need to be more careful than ever to encourage creativity with them, so: extra-applause for doing just that!

Banes at 4:07PM, Nov. 26, 2018

Fantastic job on the plush! So true about the creative powers of kids!

bravo1102 at 1:17PM, Nov. 26, 2018

It's the color. A real fox can appear orange just like a pumpkin. The correlation is so obvious to a child but totally escapes an adult. That plush looks like it would make a great travel pillow.

JaymonRising at 10:38AM, Nov. 26, 2018

When you see the world through a child's eye, the need to generalise is optional rather than a painful reflex. But it's as Disney put it: you're dead if you only aim for children, adults are just children all grown up. (Just as long as it's rated G for ALL Audiences, of course).

rmccool at 10:03AM, Nov. 26, 2018

I think you have to unplug the that's stupid filter..often people have ideas that are cool but they hit the filter and get discarded and forgotten..as I kid I hated being told what to draw..so there might be an act of rebellion in that pumpkin fox..they wanted to draw a fox.. you made them draw a pumpkin..ha beat the system pumpkin fox..

lil_tint33 at 6:33AM, Nov. 26, 2018

That's amazing! It is sad how we lose that creativity when we grow up, we are taught all about rules and logic of how life works. I think it's good to try and look at life a different way than the world is telling us to, because in that way we will be more like children and ignorant to the way the world is supposed to work.

ozoneocean at 1:43AM, Nov. 26, 2018

So cute! Well made Kawaii!


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