Tuesday, 25 September 2012

How not to kill creativity?

To start with - a while ago some I saw a YouTube video with Sir Ken Robinson "Do schools kill creativity?" And it left me thinking, especially this story.  About a lot of things. One thing was clear to me - I want my kids to preserve their creativity as long as possible.

I'm a web programmer and I consider my job creative, but .. sometimes I'm stopped in my inability to come up with any acceptable graphic design idea. My creativity is limited to finding ways how to create things most apropriate way. I want my children to be less limited in their creativity.

So, now I have 2 daughters, 3 and 1 year old. The 3 years old daughter has got a wooden toy where 3 sets of 3 different shapes must be assembled in 3 different ways. So - my oldest daughter was playing with this toy and I noticed that there is an alternative way to assemble the shapes - a "wrong" way. Or is it wrong at all?

The correct - intended way
The "wrong" way
So my question is "How should I react? Should I react at all?"

My belief is that I should say some words of appreciation to encourage any such activity.

Currently my course of action is "Well, you do this way as well!"

Please leave your suggestions as comments!

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