Each of us seeks the approval of our peers, and this is a natural desire of children, too. But, as adults we seem to have forgotten the warmth of response to the fact that "I made it myself." There is magic in creation, and a very special kind of magic to the child who senses that he is indeed part of what he produces. Everything, from the molded handprint of the earnest kindergartener (Do you not still have one of these pieces of loveliness . . .?) to the finished mural of the high school student, has in it a part of the person who formed it. One of the most satisfying moments to a child is the knowledge that here "is a piece of me\"
Newell, M. B. (1962). Developing Mental Content Through Creative Activities. Reading Horizons, 2 (3). Retrieved from http://scholarworks.wmich.edu/reading_horizons/vol2/iss3/3