Thursday, February 10, 2011
Creative and imaginary play
I read an interesting book recently, by Daniel Pink, called "A Whole New Mind." The basic concept in it is that we are now moving beyond the information age, (dominated by accountants, lawyers, computer programmers and the like )- to an age where creativity and right-brain thinking are becoming more and more important skills to have. His reasoning is that human logical skills are becoming more and more replacable by computers, whereas creativity is the one area that computers (as yet) can not compete or take over.
As a basic concept I believe this has great validity, as does another of his arguments as a reason for this shift - that of abundance. If you think of a basic example of an item for sale in a shop. Generally there is a lot of choice of brands and style of a particular product. How do you choose which to buy? Creative and innovative advertising and marketing play a crucial role in this. In this sense, it is those with the creative skills who will be successful !
Creativity and imagination are what makes us all individuals. We all have the same basic skills, but what makes us each different, is the way in which we use them.
Imaginary play is something to be encouraged in children. It is as important a part of a child's personal growth and development as are schooling and academic subjects.
What kind of imaginary or creative games do your kids play? and how do you think this is transferred to skills we use as adults? For example : Cooking meals? decorating/ renovating our homes? Solving problems? Do you agree that this skill is equally important as a form of academic learning?