We had a day of Innovation.
What is innovation? Innovation and its soul mate inspiration are the sparks which have led to every cool and interesting invention and idea in the world. The car? Innovation. Cell phone? Innovation. Salad Spinner? Innovation!
To accomplish this goal I took out lots of supplies like wood pieces, glue, paint, fabric, pipe cleaners, ribbons, crayons and paper. Onto the table it went and in no time the girls and I became engineers.
Lily decided pretty quickly that she wanted to reconstruct the Great Hall from Hogwarts.
Rebecca began to construct a fairy house with columns and a cobblestone floor.
We worked for hours learning the sorts of things which can not be quantified on standardized tests.
There was a lot of engineering involved. What makes a fairy house roof stable? Will glue alone do it? Will additional supports need to be added?
Problem solving plays a starring role in innovation. We ran out of one size of wood. What could be used as a substitution?
We allowed our projects to take as much time as was needed. Innovation can't be rushed. The brain has to be allowed time to consider different ideas and to then move forward with a great one.
I made a fairy house. I love fairy houses!
I made this fairy family. Those are real birds nests that we found while on the cape at Thanksgiving!
Rebecca is very pleased with her creation.
Check out the sink!
Lily's Hogwarts Great Hall and characters kept her busy for a long time.
I like it when Lily is busy for a long time.
There is such value in unstructured learning- in allowing kids to use materials without instructions and without a specific end in mind.
From the outside our day looked like arts and crafts, but on the inside I was creating tomorrows great inventors.