A recent creative table inspired by discussion at the Creative Kids G+ group.Here’s a handful of links that have inspired me this week
- 5 lessons to learn from Minecraft in education (found via Project-Based Homeschooling)
- Why “Did You Have Fun?” is the wrong question (found via Mel Avila on Pinterest) was a parenting revelation post for me – I knew I soon as I read it that this is something I need to consider.
- I’m considering family bike rides now that my sons are both old enough to ride independently, so I read Ways to ensure an enjoyable bike ride with your kids with interest.
- Ants are a recurring interest in our house (luckily, we have lots of ants and lots of different types of ants around here!), so I am mentally filing this great ant project for the next time one of the boys start tracking ants.
- Do you allow enough time for your children and you to be creative? Transforming Our Learning Environment shared this wonderful video Creativity requires TIME.
Minecraft is a simple, clumsy-looking little game full of blocky graphics and unclear terms of play. It is essentially a giant sandbox of digital legos that players can do with what they wish–tear stuff down, dig holes, or build dizzying towers of complex design and architecture.
And it’s a perfect analogue for what’s possible in learning.
My sons are completely obsessed with Minecraft. The level of obsession is a bit scary at times. But what I like most about it is that they nearly always play together on this and work collaboratively, swapping ideas and inspiring one another. It is also open-ended requiring players to solve problems and use their creativity.