How to boost your kid’s creativity and imagination. teach your kids
[vc_row][vc_column][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner][vc_custom_heading text=”inspiration” font_container=”tag:h4|text_align:left|color:%23ce879f” google_fonts=”font_family:Oswald%3A300%2Cregular%2C700|font_style:400%20regular%3A400%3Anormal”][vc_column_text]Over the last week or so we’ve noticed a few more ‘automation’ stories appear in our social media timeline. The latest one concerned delivery robots taking the place of drivers in a London trial. We decided to highlight this today as automation is one of the big themes that will dominate the global economic landscape when our kids become adults.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_custom_heading text=”why is this important?” font_container=”tag:h4|text_align:left|color:%23ce879f” google_fonts=”font_family:Oswald%3A300%2Cregular%2C700|font_style:400%20regular%3A400%3Anormal”][vc_column_text]Well if we are serious about preparing our kids for their future then we need to be thinking about what sort of future that is. Automation is gathering pace and even the nice white-collar jobs that once were the preserve of the well-educated are already under threat. (If that sounds a little far-fetched then check this out and this). Being fantastic at dealing with other human beings is something that will enable our children to stand out (so far at least, technology has not adequately replaced this element of our existence).

Creativity and imagination are human traits that are difficult for a robot to replicate (at least for now) so if our children possess these abilities, it is one way that they will be able to stand out from the crowd. The problem is, our education system values conformity over creativity and so it’s our job as parents to foster these skills within our children.[/vc_column_text][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner][vc_custom_heading text=”so how to teach our kids?” font_container=”tag:h4|text_align:left|color:%23ce879f” google_fonts=”font_family:Oswald%3A300%2Cregular%2C700|font_style:400%20regular%3A400%3Anormal”][vc_column_text]One such exercise that ticks both the creative and the imagination boxes is getting your kids to write a story. We have tried various methods to encourage our 8 year old twins to do this and the best we have found is a really beautiful website called Storybird.

Kids can create visual stories using illustrations (commissioned from artists around the world) and couple them with collections of words designed to inspire budding young writers. It’s an interesting way to start a story (using images) and in our experience, it leads to some truly great work.

Parents create a library within Storybird in order to control who can read your child’s work. Creating a private library gives the option of inviting family and friends to keep up with the latest stories. If you choose to share publicly it’s available to all other users of the site.

Storybird encourages kids to discover work written by their contemporaries (published publicly, often as part of school-wide initiatives). There are some very accomplished, inspiring stories and poems written by authors as young as 6. Your kids can give likes to stories and follow their favourite writers for instant updates.

So, you have creation and discovery, and if you wish, you can turn your child’s work into physical objects by actually publishing them. Storybird offers hard-
back, soft-back and picture book options that your child can use to create their stories which they will print and post for you. A great memento, or a really thoughtful gift for loved ones.

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Exercise your kid’s creativity and imagination:

Exercise 1:  Get them to create their own stories.
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