Can you teach kids to be innovative? You can try but you would not get very far if you do not foster creativity first. Believe me, with all the open ended creative toys in our house, you would think an afternoon with my kids would look like a day of blocks, marbles and paintbrushes, but I still have my share of “Mom, iPod code please.”Even though I bring my kids some of the world’s best toys and games, I will be the first to admit that sometimes encouraging creativity in children is really hard work. You really have to walk the walk, and that means getting down on the floor and actually playing with them. Many of us don’t feel we have enough time for that, but I truly believe it is worth the investment.
Creativity doesn’t have to look like it was plucked from the sky. Rather, it is in our everyday comforts of home where we are most inspired to create. Think how many of the world’s most innovative companies are started in garages. Roominate makes building, lighting, and mechanizing things so easy that a child’s mind can experiment with her structure with much more fluidity. The creativity toys for children designs naturally invite the other materials giving Roominate even for more play value. Don’t be surprised if you see her adding in things from her toy box instead her wanting you to buy more sets to keep the play going. Just ask Vanilla Ice.
On what do children easily get grasped?
There are some children who are such perfectionists that they do not want to create anything at all. In the workplace- perfectionists can either be viewed as “detail oriented” and “diligent” but they may also be seen as someone who never takes risks. We don’t ever want that but how do we get these kids to think outside the box? Chances are the most critical hairsplitters will have a great time playing with Young Architects. Everything is made with blocks and stencils that are mixed and matched easily, so there is no worry about precision and structural integrity. This is the kind of scaffolding that the young inventor needs sometimes to let their imaginations soar.
Developmental psychologist Dr. Jennie Ito of The Play Kitchen thinks that can inspire creativity is definitely worth the investment. “They’re teaching children to be creative thinkers, to be flexible thinkers and to be problem-solvers because there isn’t one right answer.” Ito says such toys let them feel emotionally secure to explore. It does not have to work out and that’s okay. Kids can fear failure just as much as adults can. If the Goddess of Math’s is to choose one toy for her representative, then there is no question that Zometool would be plucked for the jobs. It’s like a calculator. You just cannot go wrong. Once you start putting things together and making connections you will know the law of Zometool. If it works, it works perfectly. If it does not, then you’ll just know. Play can be delightfully intuitive this way. Creative thinking likes drawing and painting for kids can be too. You want your own children to be familiar with the movements of his own compass. The best toys do that naturally.