Tag Archives: Creativity

When Your Kid Creates Fantasy Worlds, Pay Attention

When Your Kid Creates Fantasy Worlds, Pay Attention

Specifically, it appears that children who create elaborate pretend worlds tend to grow up to contribute significantly to the world in unusually creative ways. Whether these contributions are ground-breaking literary masterpieces, or innovative technological advances, or pioneering reorganizations of traditional social conventions, research indicates that creative success can be predicted by this innocuous childhood activity. Read More

Disruptus from Funnybone Toys — Creativity-Boosting Game Not Just for Adults

Disruptus from Funnybone Toys — Creativity-Boosting Game Not Just for Adults

I’m always on the lookout for games or books that help inspire some creativity in my children, and I’ve recently stumbled upon an interesting game that, although more likely to be pegged as a game for adults, has a lot of potential with a younger audience. The game is called Disruptus, and my oldest (age 6) has been enjoying playing a round or two each day. Let me show you how it works. Read More

Geeks, Music, and Lyrics

Geeks, Music, and Lyrics

As a singer/songwriter, I’ve been told by other musicians to never share your inspiration. Let the audience decide what the songs are about. I agree for songs about love and life, experiences the listener can put themselves into. But what about a song about the perils of having an evil wizard as an ex-boyfriend? Or one about creating a clone to take over your life while you have outer-space adventures? Those songs need explaining. Read More

Introducing The Storymatic Kids!

A few months back, I wrote about a very cool creative writing/creativity tool/parlor game called “The Storymatic.” It’s great for kickstarting story ideas. You draw cards with character details and plot situations and then run with the prompt to create … Read More

See Your Project Become a LEGO Kit

  Somebody develops all of those LEGO kits that kids clamor for – it might as well be you, right? With LEGO’s new Cuusoo, brick fanatics everywhere have the opportunity to create a project and see it transformed into a product for the masses. Builders share their ideas online and other Cuusoo users vote on… Read More

Education Week: Educating Too Early

Look at promotional material for preschool and daycare in your area. Chances are, there’s an emphasis on math, pre-reading, and other academics. And why not? We’ve been told for years that our little ones should play with educational toys and attend enrichment programs designed to boost learning. Well-intentioned parents follow this advice. We do this… Read More