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Cultivating Out of the Box thinking in Kids

“I never made one of my discoveries through the process of Rational (normal, ordinary) Thinking.”- Albert Einstein

There are innumerable examples in history where scientists or other intellectual people have come up with essentials for life using creative and out of the box thinking.

Out of the box thinking simply means that you don’t get stuck to normal routine steps in work. The end result is either same or pre-defined but the steps taken towards it are different – more creative and interactive than usual. Let us get on with this journey from inside the box to outside the box.

  1. Audio/Video:

Dr. Wesson (Education Consultant, Neuroscience) hadstudied the functioning and activity of brain in pre-school kids and found that visual art involves many areas of a child’s brain, including the parts that control decision making, action plans, physical movement, and memory.

 

Interactive Media plays a very important role in building up the pace for learning for kids.

 

  1. Dialogs and Drama:

“Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.”- Benjamin Franklin

 

Find out their favorite cartoon characters, superheroes or actors. Make a group of toddlers and give them different roles in the story. Now let them enact it out.  That will help them express and learn in a better way. Don’t forget to grab a role in their drama.

 

  1. Music:

“Music is the Universal language of Mankind”- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Music is the most powerful source of grasping. Put anything in music and it will beremembered.

“There may be no more powerful method of learning than through music, and no more important lessons for children than those that focus on character and social and emotional skills,” according to clinical psychologist and author Don MacMannis, Ph.D. Music has shown to improve the ability to perform mental tasks like learning and also to maintain a sound health. They will grasp it and here you go making learning simpler and fun.

  

  1. Colors:

“Creativity is Contagious, pass it on.”- Albert Einstein.

 

Colors can be used in different forms to teach and learn variety of things.  Colorful alphabets and numbers, use colorful clay for the process. Use colors in different frames and activities to involve your kid, may it be pointing out the color, naming or matching.

Use different colored things like sticks, clay, papers, crayons, stones, etc. and plan out the activity. This will help in making your kid’s brain work better when it comes to sorting and arranging. Color in itself is such a specific thing, that anything related to it will be remembered for long term.

 

  1. Nature:

“Nature is important to children’s development in every major way – intellectually, emotionally, socially, spiritually and physically” – Kellert, 2005.

 

While working with nature or in nature, it increases physical activity, improves academic performance, enhances cognitive abilities, improves eyesight, supports creativity and problem solving.

 

The things that you can use are:

 

  • Leaves: Different shapes of leaves with different colors, textures and types can help in varied learning.
  • Fruits and vegetables: It is important to teach the kids that fruits and vegetables are grown outside in farms and not in markets or refrigerator. They should feel connected to nature and hence develop a connection.
  • Sand: It can be used to make alphabets, numbers or designs.
  • Stones: Different shapes and sizes of stones can be used.

 

They can design their play area using different natural objects.

These are a few ideas to make learning a creative one. As said instead of thinking out of the box just get rid of the box. Explore as much as you can with your little one, it will always be an amazing journey to invent a new creative way of learning.

-Mitali (metallic.verma@gmail.com)

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