Animals in the Womb

  Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. Albert Einstein We often have strong but divergent feelings about animals. Do dogs have minds? Do elephants have rights? And should we adopt a stray cat? The change to see things from a different perspective offers insights into other worlds. Changing …

School, Reimagined

The first AltSchool opened in September in San Fransisco. It is a community of micro-schools and the aim is provide the students with personalized learning. Teachers use student's passions to create an education that focuses on the whole child - academically, socially and emotionally. The AltSchool is built upon the idea  that children are curious …

Interesting Possibilities

Look for interesting aspects about floating on a cloud. Young children love to explore and examine interesting aspects. This is great because a search for interesting aspects leads to alternatives and possibilities. A think dive into interesting things with a suggestion or idea is a move away from all-or-nothing thinking. An active search for interesting …

Saturday Thinkibility Inspiration – Cardboard

I found the blog The Card­board Col­lec­tive yesterday and I am in love. The blog is written Amber Dohrenwend from the suburbs of Tokyo. Creative and filled with inspiration for cardboard projects. Cardboard is a wonderful material and a visit to the, The Card­board Col­lec­tive, will spark your imagination. There are also tips about sustainable building and …

Thinking Fun

Are you ready for a journey into the mind and heart? Q is for Question: An ABC of Philosophy by Tiffany Poirer is a non-fictional book that is great for pondering about questions such as: Who are you? What matters the most in the universe? Do animals have rights? Is beauty merely a matter of …

A Drop of Creativity

Do you have time to play with your kids? Do you have time to let your kids play by themselves? Or is it easier to provide "ready-made ideas and materials"? An uninvolved parent can take different shapes and the uninvolved part can be active or passive.  Previously many parents thought that children should play by …

Fall in Love with Math

Is maths boring? Are maths exercises boring? Can maths really be "cool"? Maybe maths education should embrace a more playful attitude. Maths is a vibrant ever-changing discipline but few of us appreciate the beauty of maths. Placing maths equations in real world context turns the privilege to visualize equations into something we can all marvel …

The Granny Cloud

“Grannies” Skyping with children in India and Colombia! The Internet is  transforming education. And The Granny Cloud - Sole (Self-Organised Learning Environments) - is one example of how technology can be used to improve the lives of children around the world. The e-mediators do not actually teach the children, instead they talk to the children …

Why Kids Love to Play

Children learn by embracing the world. They are born with a curious mind and a desire to explore and learn. The dive into the world by watching, tasting. touching and feeling things around them. Awareness of how children learn and discover the world helps us find ways to support their development. Play is a hands-on …

Visual Thinking Strategies

Children will naturally explore what they find interesting. And they love looking and watching things. Yet children's sharp observation skills are rarely used in education, where abstract thinking without visual support is regarded as a valuable skill. Yet children can often observe and detect aspects and ideas in pictures that may be difficult in a …

It is so RELAXING

A study in the UK, found that only one in five kids are connected to nature. There is growing concerns over the lack of contact or limited contact that children have with the natural world and wildlife. Project Wild Thing aims towards reconnecting children with nature and inspire children to explore their relationship with the …

Ways to Build a Word-Rich Life for Children Suffering from Dyslexia

Reading is harder and slower when you are suffering from dyslexia. So it is understandable that a child may avoid reading or read less. There is perhaps no better way to increase vocabulary than independent reading, something that may cause a child experiencing problems with reading some difficulties. Yet how a child gathers words may …

How to Teach a Child about the Consequences of Wild Ideas

Can you  teach your child to  think about the consequences of her actions. The ultimate aim for any parent is teaching your child to develop self-discipline and consider what will happen to others and themselves when they do something.  If a child’s actions is going to result in an action such as a decision, choice, …

Critical Think Dive

"No way, that isn’t right!”This is similar to saying "Yes, I agree with everything you said!" The discussion and exploration of ideas ends now. Critical thinking often involves defending a point. Small and careful steps are characteristics of using a critical approach to thinking. Critical thinking is despite the word not a critical or negative type …

Design a New Toy

Why not make your own toys? Designing your own toys is a great way to integrate imagination and analytical thinking Toys should foster open-ended imagination and be the means for collaborating with friends and family, says Launchpad Toys’ Andy Russell. Design thinking is part of education today because it provides children with a motivating, engaging …

Musical Train

Making music might seem like a bit of a mystery to a young child. But the musical train will show some of the secrets involved in music making. This modern version of a musical toy will give your toddler hours of fun. Ricardo Seola’s idea for a musical train perfectly blends the aim of teaching …

Think Dive into New Waters and Explore the World

Children play imaginatively. Exploring possibilities and testing to see what happens. Children pretend to be whales and dolphins. They test what happens when they are trying save a sand crab from the tide. They learn to test ideas and to imagine new possibilities. They are building a foundation for creative thinking. Researchers like Brian Sutton-Smith, …

Philosophical Questions and Children – Who Owns the Sky?

I love this new TV series for children that challenges their thinking! Each film contains an animated parable, that can be used in the classroom or at home to engage in philosophical puzzlement. Everyday questions and pondering are explored and each film consist of a variety of different children's responses to the questions. A perfect …

Creative Spark – Neuroscience, Feelings and Creativity

What role do emotions play for children’s learning and their skills to solve problems in a creative way? Mary Helen Immordino-Yang says that neuroscience can help parents and teachers to understand how children learn best. Studies suggest that the same neural systems are used to feel our bodies and feel our relationships. The same systems are also …

Creating a Creative Environment for Children

“Creativity is inventing, experimenting, growing, taking risks, breaking rules, making mistakeshaving fun.” Mary Lou Cook Creativity does not happen in a vacuüm. The psychologist Donald Winnicott suggests that creativity belongs to the feeling of ‘being alive’. Children need to feel emotionally safe enough to make new connections and explore insights. Many children are curious and they may have a desire to explore …

Creative Mathematical Thinking

Mathematical Concepts Young children are imaginative and curious. Encouraging them to continue to be curious when they learn about mathematical concepts such as addition, subtraction, division, and multiplication, help them to grow in confidence. Mathematical understanding develops in everyday situations together with friends and family. Children’s drawings can help you gain insight into their thinking. Many …

Can Apples Fly?

The famous question “How did the apple fall from the tree?” belongs to history. Now children want to know “How did the apple get up in the tree?” ZERI means Zero Emissions Research and Initiatives. It is a global network consisting of scientists, who are looking for innovative solutions to solve problems. It is a …

Think Diving

It is hard to find any quotes or pictures of young children thinking.  The common picture of a thinker is often an old man with a frown upon his head. The famous statue, "The Thinker", by Auguste Rodin gives us another picture. Every muscle in the man’s body is engage in the thinking. Just like every …