Gone Fishing, Once Again

Gone Fishing, Once Again

Once more this year, I’m taking a break from blogging for part of the summer, this time from mid-July until early August. While I’m not doing anything nearly as exciting as last year’s trip to China,  I still hope to return in a few weeks with adventures and insights to share. After all, creativity requires … Continue reading

Camp Google

Camp Google

I was going to start my blog vacation today, but I couldn’t resist one more post to share this: Camp Google. How’s this for problem finding? Camp Google is a free online camp, focused on children ages 7-10–and it starts July 13.  While activities (obviously) start online, they are designed to get kids up and … Continue reading

LEGOs, Rube Goldberg, and Science Fun

LEGOs, Rube Goldberg, and Science Fun

I’ve always loved Rube Goldberg machines. So when I discovered a book designed to help make “Chain Reaction” machines out of LEGOs, I jumped at the chance. Together with a 10-year-old friend, we built the first contraption in just a few minutes. It looked almost identical to the photo at the left, and was made … Continue reading

SCAMPER Slide the City

SCAMPER Slide the City

How did those of you in the U.S. celebrate the 4th of July? I spent the afternoon going down a 600-foot slip ‘n slide, courtesy of Slide the City Ann Arbor. Despite the long lines, it was glorious fun. It also gave me plenty of time to contemplate the creativity involved in building such a … Continue reading

Interstellar Cinderella

Interstellar Cinderella

What happens when Cinderella goes high tech? Interstellar Cinderella, of course! In Deborah Underwood’s delightful new book, Cinderella loves fixing rocket engines, assisted by her robotic mouse Murgatroyd. Though her stepmother tries to keep her from the Royal Space Parade, you know that won’t stop her. Cinderella fixes the prince’s broken rocket and attends the … Continue reading

It’s the Little Things

It’s the Little Things

Sometimes little things are really interesting. No, I’m not talking about the latest diamond commercial or kitten video (though I’d take the kitten any day). Sometimes small studies about small changes in teaching can bring thought-provoking ideas. Here’s one. A 2014 study in the Early Childhood Education Journal, researchers Angela Webb and Audrey Rule describe … Continue reading

Art Rules (And How to Break Them)

Art Rules (And How to Break Them)

When I ask college students if they consider themselves creative, the most common response is, “No, I can’t draw.” So, of course, I spend a lot of time and energy helping them understand that creativity is important in all disciplines. As a result, I sometimes worry that I neglect some of the areas in which … Continue reading

Miniature Worlds of Wonder

Miniature Worlds of Wonder

Summer. Finally. Oh my. I love the cycles of the academic calendar, but I’ll admit that the last few weeks of everything-is-double-time summer school threw me for a loop last week—hence the unexpected week off from blogging. Perhaps that is why this week I’m drawn to ideas for artistic fun. I love the photography of … Continue reading

Vacation=More Creativity? Maybe

Vacation=More Creativity? Maybe

Take a vacation and increase your creativity! Sound too good to be true? Perhaps not. I had to smile reading an article by researchers from The Netherlands, Finland, and Germany in which they examined the role recreational travel may play for working people. The authors asked workers from varied professions to complete a creativity test … Continue reading

Peter Pan, HighScope, and Kids

Peter Pan, HighScope, and Kids

Sometimes, Peter Pan is right. Remember his song, “I Won’t Grow Up?” When I think about some of the things going on in the name of early education. I’m about ready to start singing it. There is a time to grow up, of course, but there is also a time when kids should get to … Continue reading