La empatía necesita imaginación

La empatía es la capacidad de entender o sentir lo que otra persona está experimentando desde dentro de marco de referencia del otro ser, es decir, la capacidad de volver a situarse en la posición del otro. “Camina una milla en sus mocasines.” Incluso si dejar de lado el componente emocional, la empatía sigue siendo necesaria para la curación y el equilibrio para llevarse a cabo. No me tiene que gustar y cómo se sentiría Read More →

Empathy Takes Imagination

EMPATHY is the capacity to understand or feel what another person is experiencing from within the other being’s frame of reference, i.e., the capacity to place oneself in another’s position. “Walk a mile in their moccasins.” Even if you leave out the emotional component, empathy is still needed for healing and balance to take place. I don’t have to like you or feel for you to appreciate what it might be like to be you. Read More →

Mix It Up!

Sometimes new materials will get your creative juices flowing. Try these recipes and use them for play/invention.   BUBBLE SOAP Supplies: quart container spoon 8 tablespoons of liquid detergent (Joy or Dawn work well.) 1 quart water small amount of glycerin (Ask the pharmacist.) Directions: Mix detergent, water and glycerin in a quart container Add food coloring if desired. Activities: Use straws as blowers. See how big a bubble you can blow. See how many Read More →

Mirror, Mirror…

Mirrors can literally give you a new way to look at things and sometimes spark your creative thinking. Try these activities with mirrors of different kinds: PRIMING Observe Try these and take photos and/or notes of the results. Use one or more mirrors of different sizes to look at things inside and outside. On a desk, look at different flat pictures. Use a mirror on the top, sides and bottom of the picture to double Read More →

Change Size

Here’s a strategy to stimulate creative thinking: Change size! Try some of these activities: PRIMING Research. Look up a map of your neighborhood or house on the Internet. Zoom in as close as you can. Trying zooming step by step. Zoom out as far as you can. Try the satellite view. Look on the Internet and in reference books to find the largest and smallest dinosaur, bird, tree, mammal, fish, river, person, etc. Read. Read Read More →

Making a Study

A STUDY is a sustained investigation of a single concept, thing, theme or idea. In a study, a child explores many, many different viewpoints, contexts and materials. After many explorations, the child expresses a personal definition or viewpoint through one or more original forms. Current brain research and cognitive psychology tells us that human beings can only learn very low-level tasks and ideas through drill and rote memorization. For learning to be faster, longer lasting Read More →

Tongue Twisters

Create ideas often arise from making novel combinations of subjects, objects or ideas that don’t usually go together. Jog your creativity by making new combinations. Try these games: Tongue Twisters Work alone or with a partner. Create your own bank of words that begin with the same sound or use one of the banks below. Use five of the words in a tongue twister. Practice saying it quickly several times in a row. Create several Read More →

Mixed-Up Similes

Metaphors, similes and analogies are all ways to help us understand complex ideas by comparing them to something simpler. Some brain studies suggest that metaphors may be the human link between sensory experiences and abstract concepts. For example, in an online neuroscience course, the instructor uses metaphor liberally to explain abstract concepts. She compares the “resting potential” to the “action potential” of a neuron by saying that electricity is like water. If the water is Read More →

Pushing the Envelope

Another way to practice creative fluency is to begin with an idea, object or subject and brainstorm wilder and crazier possibilities. This little game can help. If I Didn’t… A good book to “prime the mind:” Jenny’s Hat by Ezra Jack Keats This game can be played alone but is better when played with others. If you play it in a group, sit in a circle and go around the circle as many times as Read More →

Practicing Creative Fluency

Creativity takes practice! The last blog I wrote on creative fluency http://themissingalphabet.com/creative-fluency/ showed a group of teachers imagining all the ways they could use a mandarin orange. Here are some ways for you to play and practice creative fluency with your kids: Food Get your own bag of mandarin oranges and imagine the possibilities. Pick out interesting shapes of fruits and vegetables. Add smaller pieces to larger pieces to turn them into “creatures” and other things. Make Read More →