The Creativity Crisis

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Newsweek just published a must-read article, The Creativity Crisis, co-written by Po Bronson and Ashley Merryman (both well-known for their best seller, Nurture Shock). In the article, the authors make a great argument for infusing childhood experiences and school curricula with creative-thinking methodologies, stating that children who are stronger creative thinkers will fare … [Read more...]

Fairy Garden

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After a loooooong day of visiting the doctor, driving 90 miles to San Francisco for an expedited passport, a trip to the garden store, and an active playdate with friends, we treated ourselves to a relaxing evening of Fairy Garden Planting. Because, ya know, that's what some people do after a marathon day. We just got it started and our Fairy Garden will no doubt go through … [Read more...]

Cerebral Dishwashing

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At face value, dishwashing probably doesn't scream out as a  creative thinking or problem solving activity, but for young children, washing dishes can be full of opportunities to play act, test new ideas, experiment, explore, and think creatively. Personally, I'm not too fond of washing dishes, a problem further compounded by the fact that we don't have a dishwasher. However, … [Read more...]

Drawing on Doilies

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Do you have any doilies in the back of a cabinet that could use a little marker and sticker beautification? Why limit yourself to plain ol' 8.5 x 11 paper when there are so many paper options out there? We've been experimenting with drawing on teeny-tiny paper, gigantic rolls of paper, coffee filters, post-its, tape, and now doilies. I love browsing dollar stores … [Read more...]

Think!

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A Program Designed to Encourage Kids to Think Outside the Box I discovered a really great website that's full of innovation-generating ideas for kids (but they would be SO much fun for adults, too):  Think! As I read the mind-stretching "assignments," I was reminded of Learning to Love You More and creative design challenges such as this one at the Tech Museum of Innovation … [Read more...]