Category Archives: Creativity

The Art of taking the right kind of break

BBC’s Horizon programme about Creative Insight saw Californian Professor of Psychology, Jonathan Schooler exploring what made people have creative insights or ‘aha’ moments and whether these could be deliberately increased. Experiments in thinking were set on the beach front; people came along to try lateral … Continue reading

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Some great play resources from a USA Children’s Museum

From the Providence Children’s Museum, Rhode Island: Unstructured, self-directed play is essential for children’s healthy development. But due to a number of factors, children today have fewer opportunities to engage in open-ended play. Here are some resources for more information … Continue reading

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10 Mental Blocks to Creative Thinking

10 Mental Blocks to Creative Thinking 1. Trying to Find the “Right” Answer One of the worst aspects of formal education is the focus on the correct answer to a particular question or problem. While this approach helps us function in society, … Continue reading

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What happened when I swapped my children’s toys for beads and cardboard?

This is an article I thought worth reproducing as it maps the journey of a parent who changes her way of thinking about the kinds of toys and equipment her children need in order to have great play experiences.  http://www.dailymail.co.uk … Continue reading

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As Children’s Freedom Has Declined, So Has Their Creativity

Published on Psychology Today (http://www.psychologytoday.com) As Children’s Freedom Has Declined, So Has Their Creativity By Peter Gray Created Sep 17 2012 – 11:15am If anything makes Americans stand tall internationally it is creativity.  “American ingenuity” is admired everywhere. We are not the richest country (at … Continue reading

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Exploring ideas and materials

Playful Minds projects allow space for exploring their own ideas and discovering new materials; the result is more confident children and often an improvement in language as they use words to describe their new experiences. I am still working on … Continue reading

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Building with bamboo – good for the brain!

I love turning up with a flat bundle of bamboo sticks or willow and seeing it transformed in a day into a room full of large creations! This is simple to do and has an amazing effect on group work, … Continue reading

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Creative doesn’t always mean new and unique

For anyone who thinks creativity is synonymous with originality I highly recommend you watch all 3 videos in this series. In them Kirby Ferguson shows how many aspects of our popular culture from music to films and books are often taken … Continue reading

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Is there a place for arts workers in schools after the cut backs?

Sweeping changes in education and arts funding are having a big effect on freelance arts practitioners. I don’t want to get all negative, but having been to a few meetings recently, it seems the changes run deeper than I had imagined. People … Continue reading

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Defining creativity

Creativity is a very popular word these days. It’s everywhere, so you imagine that we all know what we mean by it. When you try to pin the word down to a particular definition though, this is when things get … Continue reading

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