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A lightbulb hovering over a child’s head. Or something else?

Aha-moments can hit a child without warning. These aha-moments are often described as a sudden realization, inspiration, insight, recognition, or comprehension. Aha-moments make a child’s eye widen, the awareness shapen and the heart might beat faster. Something new, excting that demands immediate attention.

Aha-moments can be the start of a great idea. But for that idea to grow, we need to provide a child with an environment that supports creativity. Thinkibility is a “biological approach to thinking, where it is assumed that thinking takes place in an environment and the characteristics of the environment influences the end results. Thinkibility is concerned with describing ways to create environments that lead to “fruitful” end results.”

If we want to engage children in creative thinking, we need to create an environment that empowers them to be creative.

How can we create that kind of environment? In a home evironment it might be possible to allow your child to embrace these aha-moments. If you are out walking in nature it might be possible to support your child to tackle the challenges, to dream and ponder. But if you are walking to school, or in the shop. . . well, the truth is that there are so many occasions where there is no time. . . or we have decided that there is no time. If employees at big companies are allowed to persue their own interests and work on a side-project, why are children prevented? Why is there no free time to work on ideas?

The insight from an aha-moment can be scribbled down in a notebook. But somehow, it is never the same. An aha-moment can be filled with possibilites or laden with doubts. Exploring ways to deal with confusion and challenges may lead to a deeper understanding of when to use different approches to thinking. The aha-moment is a moment often characterized by lat jumping, lateral thinking. The thinking is jumping around, something that is wonderful, mysterious and exhilarating. Taking small crittery steps, critical thinking, is a great way to explore risks with an idea.

Photo by Karl Fredrickson on Unsplash

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