Maker Space Challenge: Can you design a carry bag?
Maker Lab: Make a jump rope out of plastic bags
Exhibit Exploration: Rigamajig
Kids in Motion: Parachute Play
Messy Art: Design it, build it
Our Rigamajig exhibit is right next to the Maker Space, and I’ve spent months looking at all those pieces - planks, nuts, bolts, ropes, pulleys, and more - and I’ve enjoyed seeing the creations designed and played with by our visitors, both children and adults.
Recently though, I saw a picture of Rigamajig structures that were unlike anything I had seen before. Those boards and pieces were transformed into animals - giraffes, elephants, and dinosaurs - and into people! The thought, imagination, and planning required to transform the Rigamajig pieces into these creatures just astounded me, and it made me wonder...how do you develop that kind of “out-of-the-box” thinking?
“Out-of-the-box” thinking is an ability to see a problem from a fresh perspective and apply new ideas to it. Growing Play provides these great suggestions for helping your child think creatively. How many of them can you incorporate into your child’s life?
- Provide ample opportunity for creative playtime. Whether it’s just general free play or you set the stage for a playtime activity, children need the gift of time to just play and problem solve. When children problem-solve during playtime it gives them a safe space to practice skills to repeat in the real world.
- Ask lots of questions without prompting what the answer could be. This is also called “asking open-ended questions.” Questions such as: What would you do next? How can you fix this? What can you do differently?
- Be a creative person. Children learn from role models. If you are creative and think outside the box, your children will be more likely to follow your lead.
- Reduce screen time. Most screen time is passive (watching television) or does not require creativity (most video games). When screen time is reduced, children will have to get creative to determine what to do during free playtime.
- Embrace boredom. It is perfectly fine for children to be bored. This is when thinking outside the box to entertain themselves gets turned on full force!
- Offer positive reinforcement. When your children think outside of the box and come up with a creative solution, praise them for a job well done.
Let’s try this out-of-the-box thinking with our Rigamajig Exhibit Exploration this week. If we put our heads together, I know we’ll come up with something great!
Lois Logan, Education and Maker Space Manager
Art Adventure - "People are Great!"
Thursday, August 15 at 2 pm
Join executive director, Judy McElhone, from the Five Points Gallery on a visual literacy art adventure featuring a walking field trip to the gallery.
The artwork at the gallery features faces and sculptures. We will create a mural called “People are Great!”
All are welcome, especially suited for primary and older children and their caregivers.
Please pre-register. Included in the price of admission.
Building with Home Depot
Friday, August 16 at 11:30 am
Join our friends from The Home Depot for some fun building with kits!