Even though the day is done, the opportunities for creative thinking don’t have to be. Elizabeth Rieke shares insight on how to stimulate creative thinking skills, while settling your kids down for the night.
With the holidays upon us, travel picks up. But how will to survive a trek of any distance with stir-crazy kids in tow? Challenge yourself to rely on some old-fashioned fun rather than digital distractions – even for a few minutes.
However, trying to convince a child to try something will often have the opposite effect. When was the last time you tried something new simply because someone told you to?
Getting kids dressed in the morning can be a chore, for them and for you. We consulted with Center for Childhood Creativity CEO, Elizabeth Rieke, for a few simple ideas to make mornings more fun and less stressful.
Her insight is that by introducing imaginary play to getting dressed for the day, kids won’t think of it as a chore. Instead, they’ll eagerly transform themselves into other beings — like fairies, princesses and superheroes. Yes, this means you have to be okay with taking a superhero to soccer. This is good for them. Dress up plays an important role in childhood development. It allows them to explore roles they observe in the world, which is empowering.
Our mission is to ignite and advance creative thinking. But at 7 o’clock in the morning? Yes! Get your kids off to a positively-energized, focused start with these tips from Center for Childhood Creativity CEO and Executive Director, Elizabeth Rieke. She’s even tried these at home — successfully. Continue reading
This was a key message in Dr. Stuart Brown’s talk last night at the Bay Area Discovery Museum. And something he asked me when we first spoke two years back. I, of course, talked about how much I play with my kids. He said that’s great – but not enough. “What do YOU do for play?” he asked. He then confessed that the time of least play in a person’s life is the period of young parenthood. Phew, I was off the hook.
Tomorrow night, we welcome the “grandfather” of play, Dr. Stuart Brown at the sold-out event, Creativity Talks, presented with the Bay Area Discovery Museum and ScholarShare Speaks. We are so excited to learn about Dr. Brown’s life-long research and advocacy work on the important role of play in human development; from shaping and growing young brains to staying vital through more mature life stages.
“Can you imagine how far along our economy and workplace would be if design and creativity were truly valued leadership competencies? Imagine where our leaders would be…”
So begins Center for Childhood Creativity advisor Maria Giudice’s rally cry for the changes required in education to prepare our children for the evolving workforce.
Check us out in this month’s Parent’s Magazine where the Center for Childhood Creativity is featured as the primary source of ideas for nurturing creativity in your child’s daily life.
What we love about this article is that it highlights easy ways to make every part of the day a bit more child-directed, a bit more open-ended, a bit more imaginative, and thus it is not yet another add-on to a parent’s long to-do list. We also love that over two million subscribers received the October issue and that really moves the needle on our mission: to ignite and advance creative thinking in all children.
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What will you try this week?
When my younger daughter was around 4 years old, we had an interesting conversation about her favorite cup. As in most households with multiple kids, we have an array of plastic cups of all shapes and sizes. Her favorite cup was a tall, thin cup with My Little Pony on it. I had always assumed she chose that cup because of the design on it, but one day I asked her why it was her favorite and she responded, “Because I get more.” After a few more rounds of questions, I figured out that because the cup was tall and thin, the amount of liquid in it looked like more compared to our other shorter and wider cups.