Creativity

What happens when we let external influences dim our inner light? Madrid based animators, Daniel Martinez Lara and Rafa Cano Mendez created this touching 8 minute short film that shows what happens when we let external influences dim our inner light. Copi is trying to teach his son, Paste, how to live and what is correct... Continue Reading →

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Picture books that will empower

Traditionally, children's books used to reinforce messages that children are powerless and unimportant. Books for children were written with the aim of teaching children to adopt to adult's values. The underlying messages in the books were that children must change to fit into the world - the adult world. Today, more and more children's books... Continue Reading →

On the eighth day of August we saved eight elegant zebras. Black and white stripes. The skin helps to keep the zebra cool. So the answer to a lot of problems may be "zebra"! The pattern of the black and white stripes may be correlated to the climate where the zebras are living. The black... Continue Reading →

"What is the purpose of a Hedgehog?" This question popped up in a discussion about endangered animals and particularly endangered hedgehogs. Images of cute little hoglets flashed through my mind as well as beautiful illustrations from the book The Tale of Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle  by Beatrix Potter. After cats, hedgehogs might be the internet's favourite animal.... Continue Reading →

People flying with their umbrellas as the wind blows. Paintings that escape from their frames. Buses are fish and fish fly in the sky! Imagine a City by Elise Hurst is an invitation to imagine all sort of fantastic things. She encourages us to not only imainge fantastical cities but also takes the game a bit... Continue Reading →

A selection of interesting, beautiful and mind-boggling videos that I stumbled upon the last weeks. Enjoy! Creative Constraints! Safe surfing on the Internet   Philosophy and Children   Soft robots inspired by Octopuses!

  “Sometimes the smallest things take up the most room in your heart.” Winnie the Pooh Question Asking Let the students start the new school term by asking questions about things that take up the most room in their heart. They can ask BIG and important questions about serious things or small fuzzy questions that... Continue Reading →

What would you think if there were no frogs to kiss? In stories, frogs are often portrayed as ugly and slimy. When frogs are not hopping off lily pads, or croaking"ribbit" in the pond, they are often said to turn into a beautiful prince or princess if you dare to kiss them. And it is... Continue Reading →

Owls have beautiful as well as smart feathers! Why not make a project and study feathers? The beauty of bird feathers provides inspiration for art activities. And their smart design is perfect for young curious biomimicrist. A great way to study how feathers have evolved and to use their clever design as an inspiration for... Continue Reading →

What if you were a dentist? Can you invent something inspired by dinosaurs? Magnificent plant-eating dinosaurs provided inspiration for the idea of Magic DinoPills. The long-necked, plant-eating giants such as Diplodocus and Camarasaurus grew new teeth every couple of months. Their diet consiting of plants such a trees, bushes, cycads, ginkgoes and ferns worn down... Continue Reading →

Every elephant counts! On the Fifth of May, we saved Five Trumpeting Elephants But where are they? The magnificent elephants migrate and cross borders. Elephants have no passports like humans and it vital to count the numbers and see where they are to help protect them. https://player.vimeo.com/video/168811238?wmode=opaque&api=1","url":"https://vimeo.com/168811238","width":640,"height":360,"providerName":"Vimeo","thumbnailUrl":"https://i.vimeocdn.com/video/597940379_640.jpg","resolvedBy":"vimeo"}" data-block-type="32"> https://player.vimeo.com/video/168811238?wmode=opaque&api=1" data-provider-name="Vimeo"> To help protect elephants in... Continue Reading →

Clipart Le Petite Market   In a local park not far from our house there are lots of rabbits running around. Watching the bouncy rabbits is always an exciting time. Rabbits are also a common pet. And pets can provide the perfect inspiration for new ideas. Clipart Lemon Lani What if you were trapped in... Continue Reading →

Postal stamps to celebrate nature! Stamps are awesome. And if you are wondering how big is the gap between teeth on the jagged edge you find the answer in the mind-boggling book Science of Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials. "An atom is only about one hundred-millionth of a centimetre across, so that it would take... Continue Reading →

Photo R. Davis, Clipart Educlips Any ideas to celebrate the news that the status of giant pandas has been changed? We made a collage using photos of endangered animals. We used gelli print to make the background and then we simply cut out some distinctive panda features - black ears and eyes (go here to... Continue Reading →

What can you do with a ripe pepper apart from eating it? Well, you can always make a wonderful harmonica. Player's Pflute is a creative musician kit.  A colourful modular system of wind instruments with different mouthpieces, hole punchers and silicone connectors. Jia Wu has created the most adorable kit that encourages children to explore... Continue Reading →

Photo Phillip Put It is in the news every day, from climate change to disappearing species, and we need to do something to reverse these trends. But how do we encourage children to not only care but also take action? Curiosity, care and compassion for our natural world comes from early contact with nature. A... Continue Reading →

On the third day of March We saved three Swinging Orangutans Our think dive this month is inspired by not only orangutans but also dreams about Easter bunnies and chocolate. After we have learnt that the production of palm oil is a major threat to orangutans we decided to make a chocolate bark using chocolate... Continue Reading →

Climate change! A debated and difficult problem. Is it important to talk about this situation with children? I think so. As the earth gets warmer and warmer the causes, mechanisms, or impacts of climate change on our planet is something that is important to discuss. It is also crucial to explore solutions and ideas that... Continue Reading →

Adopt a Three-Toed Sloth Imagine that you can be the sloth. What does it mean to find your inner sloth? Sloths are asleep a good portion of the twenty-four-hour day. The rest of the time the are slowly moving and feeding. What if you were licking an ice-cream in a way that a sloth munches... Continue Reading →

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Even brown bracts are beautiful! A nature Valentine heart made of twigs,  flowers and brown hydrangea bracts and flowers. Mopheads, as they are also called, are showy bushes that in the warmer months have colourful and big bracts around each flower. Now the bushes are filled with brown but still beautiful big mopheads. We also... Continue Reading →

Meet Donald Dugong Seacleaner! The graceful dugongs spend time eating seagrass from the bottom of the sea. Seagrass is important to save. We wrote a story about Doctor Delia Dugong who saved the seagrass. We also reversed the thinking and ended up with an idea where we take something away from the sea that does... Continue Reading →

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