Asking Questions that Open the Possibility Door

Explore the learning potential and creative thinking benefits of shifting the way you ask your child questions. Good questions help children to think outside the square, they challenge assumptions and help to spark a desire to explore possibilities. A think dive into the unknown. Children love to ponder over ideas that are a bit silly …

Biomimicry for Young Children Inspired by the Endagered Sloths

Bring slowness into the world! On the Second Day of February, We Saved Two Sleepy Sloths Would it not be great to stretch time? How can we celebrate slowfulness? William Beebe was a sloth researcher who was very impressed by the sloths' slowness. He wrote,  "Sloths have no right to be living on this earth, …

Kindness & Christmas – Spread Christmas Spirit Wherever You Go

  Everyone can make a difference. Everyone can be kind. And everyone can have creative ideas about acts of kindness during the Festive Season! There are many wonderful and creative lists where you can select acts of kindness that your students or child can carry out during December. If you are looking for ways to …

Ice-Cream Roots – Mixing Ideas with a Touch of Magic and Imagination

Thinking, whether it is planning what information you need to solve a problem, exploring where in your body you feel certain, or searching for new ideas, is something that should be exciting and fun. For too long the image of a serious person sitting still and thinking about serious stuff have ruled. A creative approach …

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 …

Crittery Steps and Long Jumps – Critical and Lateral Thinking

There are many metaphors that describe thinking – but they are  constructed for adults. New and engaging terms are needed to explain different thinking styles for young children. The metaphor Think Dive is fun and it may help children to explore their own thinking process. It also explains in a clear way what is required …

Dandelion Magic – Fly Away With Your Ideas

  Pale little dandelion, in her white shroud, Heareth the angel-breeze call from the cloud. Tiny plumes fluttering, make no delay, Little winged dandelion, soareth away. From "The Little Dandelion" by Helen Barron Bostwick. Children's knowledge of nature is dwindling. Although this in itself is sad, it is even more alarming is that children are …

Green Thinking For the Future – Critical Thinking Comes After

  Trying to inspire children and adults to believe that thinking is cool and fun is hard work. Even though many people believe that it is important to think, few people actively tries to improve the character of thinking. It is a tricky business to enhance awareness about different approaches to thinking and about ways …

Beautiful Questions

Always the beautiful answer Who asks a more beautiful question. E.E. Cummings I have just finished reading the book A More Beautiful Question: The Power of Inquiry to Spark Breakthrough Ideas by Warren Berger. I bought this book to read about how to spark  innovation. But there is a great chapter about children and education …

Invent an Artwork

Artists love to break patterns and invent something new that no one has seen before. You can inspire your child to invent new art forms by teaching him to ask questions and providing him with inspiration. A simple way to think dive into how to invent a new type of drawing is to look at …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Made to Play

  Joel Henriques is an artist and designer. He has devoted time to make art and craft meaningful regardless of skill level or age. Together with his children, he has created the most stunning toys, games, and paper crafts. Exercise fine motor skills and dive into a world where anything is possible – almost. Joel …

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 …

My Neighbor is a Dog by Isabel Minhós Martins

Would you like a dog who loves saxophone music as your neighbour? Or finding  sheets belonging to an elephant on the washing line? Life in an apartment building can be exciting, especially when your neighbours include characters such as crocodiles, elephants, dogs, and bears. The little girl in the story is delighted with her neighbours, …

Brain Teasers, Puzzles and Thinking Children

Solving problems is great. Adding up little clues and finding a solution involves a real achievement. The idea is that you practice your thinking by putting in a real effort and learning from finding the solution. There are many wonderful children’s books filled with brainteasers, puzzles, and mathematical games. The answers to brainteasers and puzzles …

Thinking Skills

Resilience Every day babies and children are abused and the abuse affects children in many different ways. Many researchers believes that childhood trauma that happens before the age of six can later in life lead to long-term depression and anxiety. Abuse and child hood trauma can also lead to emotional and psychological illnesses. There are …

Logical Thinking

  Reaching a Conclusion There are different ways of thinking and logical thinking is a process that uses reasoning in a consistent way to reach a conclusion.  The aim with logical thinking is to find a conclusion that is considered the “right” one.  In logical thinking the relationship between facts are examined and it is …

Mind Maps

Mind maps are a popular way to help children represent, think, organise, and plan. It is often used as an aid to remember information and solving problems.Mind maps are not usually linked to idea mapping, but the technique can be used and explored in new and different ways.Mind maps can help a child to remember …

Emotions and Thinking

A couple of years ago, Antonio Damasio challenged the dualism that had been a distinctive feature of particularly Western thinking: Nature vs Nurture, Mind vs Body, Reason vs Feeling. Damiso’s suggested that emotions could exist along with reasoning processes. Previously it was assumed that emotions disturbed the reasoning process. It should be pointed out that …