Our world is increasingly filled with play that makes kids passive consumers instead of active creators.
Check out this great article from Frog Design on the Four Secrets of Playtime That Foster Creative Kids.
Here are some great excerpts:
- "Then I was directed to “Brainstorm all the possible things you can do with bubble wrap.” Bubble wrap? TEDGlobal 2009 speaker Daniel Pink would later call this using a “whole new mind.” For me, it was an exhilarating reminder of the relevance of open-ended play and the continuing need for workplace creativity."
- Quoting the Swiss psychologist Jean Piaget once saying, “Play is the answer to how anything new comes about.” A playful mind thrives on ambiguity, complexity, and improvisation.
- “The resourcefulness of children’s culture has eroded, as children have become less skilled at transforming everyday objects into playthings.”
- So, my question is, “Are our children getting the play they need to thrive in the 21st century?” According to reports from sources such as Harvard University, Time magazine, Newsweek, and The Futurist, the answer is no.