This backpack enhances your child’s creativity, empathy, self esteem, and social emotional development…
Creativity among American school age children has been declining for decades.
A study by the College of William and Mary found that creativity among American schoolchildren has been continuously declining over the last 2 or 3 decades. For a long time, America has been best known around the world for being the most innovative country. We might lose that title if this trend continues.
In a recent poll by IBM, 1500 international CEOs said that creativity is the most crucial trait for future success. In his famous TED Talk, Sir Ken Robinson rightly argued that creativity is as important as literacy and should be treated as such. Kids are naturally curious and creative. When you give little kids some art supplies and let them be, you’d be amazed at how creative they are. We don’t believe they ‘lost’ creativity. It’s just not used often because literacy and math and test score demand and dominate all the attention. Satya Nadella, Chairman & CEO of Microsoft recently said that empathy, among other things, is a key source of innovation. Doing art also helps develop empathy. So, we absolutely must encourage our children to be more involved in arts. We can learn new knowledge overnight if we need to; but we cannot develop creativity, self esteem, social emotional skill, empathy… overnight. We need time to develop and to hone.
Meet the inventor
When he was 11 years old, he had an idea about an erasable backpack. Seeing creative kids drawing on their Jansport backpack with Sharpie, Hien commented: “Dad, those are really cool art. Too bad they are permanent. Wouldn’t it be cool if it were erasable?” What a cool idea! So, we experimented and created ChalkWild writable and erasable backpack because there was nothing like it exists. Now, kids are free to customize it with their own art anytime, anywhere, and as often as they wish.
The backpack that nourishes the artist in your child.
The National Endowment For The Arts research concludes that engagement in the arts during early childhood benefits children's social and emotional development.
It is also a helpful tool for autistic children to express themselves, to relieve stress & anxiety, and is useful for parents as well.
What makes our hearts sing? When we hear story like this.
A testament to the power of art, creativity, imagination on trauma
Dr. Bessel van der Kolk (world renowned trauma expert) told a story of Noam whose school was near the Twin Tower of the World Trade Center in New York City and saw the first plane slam into the tower during the infamous September 11th, 2001 terrorist attack. Next day, Noam drew what he had witnessed including seeing people jumping to their death. But, he added a trampoline at the bottom of the tower because, Noam said, next time people would have to jump, it would keep them safe. Noam experienced terrible trauma. But the support of his family and his creative imagination prevented him from experiencing PTSD. He used his imagination to create a different future which helped him move forward with his life. Art helps Noam express his imagination and cope with terrible trauma.
Magnanimous foundations, nonprofits, government agencies... have been instrumental in helping bring this 'equity' tool and art programs to underserved children.
(A few examples of our collaboration with various organizations)
WHAT SOME EXPERTS SAY ABOUT CHALKWILD BACKPACK.
The Early Education Department is extremely impressed with the quality of the backpacks we purchased. The children enjoyed the write on/wipe off surface and having their own personal backpack to showcase their creativity builds their self-confidence!
Uniqueness of this backpack: Help children rewriting their unique stories (constructing trauma narratives/ integrating the new meaning experience) and process their trauma memories without activating the defense cascade Benefits: ALL IN ONE-HELP increase neurocognitive and emotion regulation abilities from Neurobiological perspectives in trauma OUTCOME: I provided Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) to children who were involved in child welfare and juvenile justice systems. I used this ChalkWild backpack as a therapeutic tool (powerful tool for emotional trauma healing process-help children regain their control by rewriting their unique trauma stories). important – Excellent outcome (Significant reductions in psychiatric symptoms). -increase sense of safety (Regaining a sense of safety is very important step of the trauma recovery process) -reduce overestimation of threat -reduce arousal-related body sensations -reduce dysregulated mood states -reduce fear of vulnerability and risk of retraumatization KEY: Transform traumatic memories; create positive post-trauma identity.
From the moment he walked in, he was intrigued with the backpack. He struggles from past trauma & this backpack not only distracted him but was therapeutic for him. The ChalkWild backpack is helpful for children to express themselves through art, drawing & coloring.
The Chalk Wild erasable backpack is a great on-the-go resource for children who love to draw. Drawing can be very soothing and may help to ease feelings of anxiety or stress and help to regulate emotions. The backpack can be used as a canvas at any time, such as whilst waiting or on the train. This is very helpful for children who are always moving or have attention difficulties. I would recommend the Chalk Wild erasable backpack to parents and teachers.
Child survivors of domestic violence and sexual abuse need healthy creative outlets for their strong and complicated feelings. For over 20 years my agency has used art as a means of safe self-expression for youth in our psycho-educational support groups. We recently started giving a ChalkWild back pack to each child graduating from our youth programs. Now they have a special place to store their program materials and works of art!
My published research shows that just 20 minutes of drawing can improve working memory, our brain’s control center. So what are you waiting for? Pick one of these fantastic backpacks & get drawing!
Hien has a brilliant product in the ChalkWild Erasable Backpack. The benefits of art therapy for traumatized or stressed children are proven. Additionally, it gives adults a window into the thoughts and emotions of the child. I highly recommend the ChalkWild Erasable Backpack to programs and parents working with sensitized children.
…ChalkWild Backpacks allow children to express their feelings when their words aren’t enough. Our staff will be able to use the backpacks as a tool to communicate with children as a form of art therapy. They can use them even when participating in distance learning, adding some normalcy to their school experience. Students from our non-public schools will receive a backpack, and when the teachers deliver their homework for the week, they can keep it stored safely.
We are excited about the backpacks. The backpacks are such innovative use of an everyday product.
As for the kid that has had his backpack for a month, mom says he loves it! He is 7 years old and is in an Individualized Education Program (IEP) at school. The teachers have found it challenging to accommodate for a rocking chair to help with the child’s concentration, but mom said that the backpack has helped. She stated that he used to hide under his desk constantly, but now uses the backpack on his desk or the floor instead. Mom said the teachers find it very helpful. Although the boy doesn’t use it at home, he takes the backpack to school every day as well as on any car ride. Mom is very grateful!