Creativity

As machines do more for us, the human ability to be creative will arguably become our single biggest strength. The pace of innovation is mind blowing and is only increasing. What is commonplace today didn't exist 20 years ago, and your child will thrive if they are hard-wired to be creative with anything they look at.
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Rhyming + Eating

Can you complete the rhyme?

Help your child expand their vocabulary and reinforce healthy eating habits.
Medium
Guidance
As your child is eating lunch / dinner, encourage them to find some simple rhymes.
Prompts if stuck
What else rhymes with "great"?

Guidance

As your child is eating lunch / dinner, encourage them to find some simple rhymes. For example, "I am eating toast...which I like the most" or "Vegetables are great….so let's eat them from my plate!." You can provide the first line and have them come up with the rhyming second.

Prompts if stuck

1) Plate and great rhyme. What else rhymes with these?

2) What is your favourite food and what rhymes with it?

3) What words could rhyme with your name?

Rhyming + Eating

Can you complete the rhyme?

Help your child expand their vocabulary and reinforce healthy eating habits.
Medium

Guidance

As your child is eating lunch / dinner, encourage them to find some simple rhymes. For example, "I am eating toast...which I like the most" or "Vegetables are great….so let's eat them from my plate!." You can provide the first line and have them come up with the rhyming second.

Prompts if stuck

1) Plate and great rhyme. What else rhymes with these?

2) What is your favourite food and what rhymes with it?

3) What words could rhyme with your name?

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Cups

What are 10 different things you could use a cup for?

Encourage your child's creativity and introduce them to brainstorming.
Easy
Guidance
Select an object from a room in your house and ask your child to think of all the things you can do with that object.
Prompts if stuck
What are all 10 different things you can do with cups?

Guidance

Select an object from a room in your house and ask your child to think of all the things you can do with that object - for example a Cup. It's a simple but challenging question - see how long a list of answers you can generate. Encourage your child to think of both ordinary uses (eg drinking, storing, trapping) and unusual uses (eg talking, planting a tree, drawing circles). See how many uses you can come up with together and encourage your child to be wildly creative.

Prompts if stuck

  1. If the Cup was upside down it could be a Drum! What else can we do with it upside down?
  2. What if the Cup was the size of a house?
  3. What if the Cup was digital somehow?

Cups

What are 10 different things you could use a cup for?

Encourage your child's creativity and introduce them to brainstorming.
Easy

Guidance

Select an object from a room in your house and ask your child to think of all the things you can do with that object - for example a Cup. It's a simple but challenging question - see how long a list of answers you can generate. Encourage your child to think of both ordinary uses (eg drinking, storing, trapping) and unusual uses (eg talking, planting a tree, drawing circles). See how many uses you can come up with together and encourage your child to be wildly creative.

Prompts if stuck

  1. If the Cup was upside down it could be a Drum! What else can we do with it upside down?
  2. What if the Cup was the size of a house?
  3. What if the Cup was digital somehow?
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Inventions

How can this sofa be improved?

Encourage your child to think innovatively.
Hard
Guidance
Take any everyday object around you and talk about all the ways in which it could be improved - for example, a sofa.
Prompts if stuck
What can this sofa not do?

Guidance

Take any everyday object around you and talk about all the ways in which it could be improved - for example, a sofa. Encourage your child to consider the human user and all the things she would like to do on the sofa - eating, drinking, playing? This is how designers and product developers invent new products - real or digital. It is called "Design Thinking" and used by Google, Apple, Amazon, Facebook etc

Prompts if stuck

1) Sofas are for sitting on. But what else might people want to do?

2) How could you research what people want?

3) How would you then test your improvements to see if you made it better?

Inventions

How can this sofa be improved?

Encourage your child to think innovatively.
Hard

Guidance

Take any everyday object around you and talk about all the ways in which it could be improved - for example, a sofa. Encourage your child to consider the human user and all the things she would like to do on the sofa - eating, drinking, playing? This is how designers and product developers invent new products - real or digital. It is called "Design Thinking" and used by Google, Apple, Amazon, Facebook etc

Prompts if stuck

1) Sofas are for sitting on. But what else might people want to do?

2) How could you research what people want?

3) How would you then test your improvements to see if you made it better?

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