Build a Bridge!

In true Leonard da Vinci spirit build a bridge or structure that does not require any nails or ropes. Grimm’s Spiel und Holz Design, “Grimm’s”, has been making beautiful, natural and sustainable wooden toys since 1978. Over the years, I have bought several of their amazing toys, from rattles, to stacking towers to wonderful puzzles. …

Kaleidograph

Looking for a toy that provides you with hours of creative challenges? Kaleidograph transform cut-out cards of different colours and shapes into beautiful creations. The cards can be layered, flipped and rotated into, well, they say 350 million different kaleidoscopic patterns. A visual puzzle where children can explore shapes and size and lean about geometry …

Empathy Toy

Empathy  requires vulnerability and some work on the part of the empathizer. Empathy means that a child can  inhabit a feeling with someone - he can imagine himself in someone's else' s position. This act is more of a feeling than a deliberate action. It is not the same as sympathy, which is feeling bad …

Saturday Thinkibility Inspiration – Children's Drawings

Children's drawings provides a window into their  imagination (and to their overall cognitive and social development). They create weird, strange, colourful and beautiful creatures never seen before.Many of these creations end up on the walls, fridges and  work spaces. Children's drawing makes "the world appear brighter and sunnier" says toymaker Mariken Tetteroo from Tootoys. Mariken …

Toys and Imagination

“Don’t play what’s there, play what’s not there”. Yesterday I browsed in a toy catalog. Yes I found some exciting things, like a bubble robot, LEGO and building blocks, but there were few toys that sparked my imagination.  Most of the toys were not open for interpretation and they would not inspire a child to …

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 …

Hands on Play – Sifteo Cubes and Raspberry Pi

Mind and hands are involved in a very unusual way when you are playing Sifteo. The game combines the tactile experience of playing dominoes or checkers with digitally programmed games. Arranging, shaking, and tapping lightweight cubes is a great way to engage in some intelligent playing. Physical learning that challenges both adults and children. The games can …

Books and Toys to Spark Imagination, Thinking and Laughter

Below is some inspiration for books and toys that will spark creativity and imagination. I like to the browse the sites Fat Brain Toys, Inhabitots and Gamewright for ideas. Enjoy! Visit Peter H. Reynolds website to get some more insight into these lovely books. This is a boxed set that includes three books: The Dot An enchanting invitation to self-expression! …

Brainy Toys

Buying gifts and presents for a child is great fun, but finding a toy that is open-ended and encourages imagination is not always that easy. A good toy should be open for interpretation and inspire a child to invent her own games. The company Active People has a great range of toys that has won …