Space Game

I am armchair astronomer! I love watching photos of galxies and exoplanets online. The images are fantastic, and I can pour over a book like The Planets for hours. It would be wonderful to watch the sky if there is no light pollution but where I live it is tricky so I stick to my …

Alphabreaths

Open your arms wide like Alligator jaws.   Let your arms flap gently like a Butterfly.   Imagine blowing out the candles on a birthday Cake.   Make mindful breathing fun— it’s as easy as A-B-C!  I instantly fell in love with this book. A charming mixture of mindfulness and learning the alphabet. Alphabreaths: The …

Do things together

Mo Williems is the brillant and much-loved children's author, who created the Pigeon series, Knuffle Bunny, and Elephant & Piggie. Mo says that if you want your kid to be artistic you have to be a role model. You have to spend time sitting there drawing, playing the piano, or building weird and marvellous inventions. …

Earth Day 2019

"Oh dear! Oh dear! I shall be too late!”  The White Rabbit, from Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll In a thought provoking but also thought inspiring booklet that I made for Earth Day or any Day, Alice, the Dodo and some of her other friends are used to challenge children to explore extinction …

Aha!

This post contains ad links. 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 …

Unicorns, Mammoths & Siberian Unicorns

Unicorns! Unicorn cakes! Unicorn jumpers and notebook filled with pretty looking white horses! The unicorn is mythological creature. A beast  with a single large, pointed, spiralling horn projecting from its forehead. A white horse with a golden horn. The unicorn is Scotland’s national animal. In Scotland, the unicorn was used on the Scottish royal coat …

Invent your own words

The first snow is always such a great joy. And yesterday evening the thin layer of snow sparkled with moonlight. There are hundreds of different words for snow. For Northern Scandinavian Sami, it is vital to know whether ice is fit to walk on or whether you will sink through it. The different words for …

Staring into Space

Lauren Child says: 'It is now widely recognised that creativity is as important as literacy or numeracy, and that allowing ourselves the time, space and freedom to be creative is essential for good mental health... Sometimes we need to stare into space." Lauren's new website, Staring into Space, invites visitors to post details of odd things …

Silly Summer Silliness

Lazy summer days! Relax from all the seriousness of school and homework. In the introduction to the book The Art of Silliness: A Creativity Book for Everyone Carla Sonheim says that she is not really a very silly person. She is actually a pretty serious person. She writes, "But "serious" does not equal "solemn", and I …

Creative Dot-to-Dot

Keeping things fun does not necessarily mean that the underlying purpose with an activity is lost. Dot-to-dot is in itself and activity that is designed to capture children's attention while at the same time checking if they "correctly can join the dots together by counting". A figure emerges if the child can correctly connect the …

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 …

Learning Requires New Skills – Critical Thinking, Lat Jumping and Biomimicry

What do you think of the idea that students should be allowed to use the Internet in exams? We may be at a turning point for exams. At least high school examinations but I am sure that the changes will eventually spread to primary school. The idea that an examination should gauge whether a child …

6-Hats Thinkibility

Nearly thirty years after its design by  Edward de Bono the Six Thinking Hats Framework is taking a step forward.The eBook, "6-HatsThinkibility", to be written by Asa Jomard and Gijs van Beeck Calkoen, explores Six Hat Thinking in depth. And relevant scientific literature related to the thinking framework is examined.For each Thinking Hat detailed thinking instructions …