Why is creativity important?

Creativity

Why is it important to develop a child’s creative thinking skills? Because it’s probably the most important skill they will ever learn!

Developing creative thinking is about developing self esteem and self confidence. It is about developing a love of learning. Of having the means to deal with the confusion, risks and failures that are part of everyday life. The confidence to lead and to be different from the crowd.

I believe that all children are creative by nature but, unfortunately, many lose their creativity before reaching adulthood. In our education and social system where examination success, conformity and peer pressure reign supreme, creativity is often squashed or at least buried.

Creative thinking is vital in all areas of life. It is a skill which will give your children the edge over others in their chosen career enabling them to be the person who initiates new procedures rather than one of the majority who follow already established routines. It opens the door to new opportunities and new inventions.

So how do we recognise a creative thinker?

A creative thinker is able to think 'out of the box'. They are curious and questioning and not afraid of making crazy suggestions knowing that there may be many possible answers. They make mistakes and learn from these mistakes being happy to try and try again. Creative thinkers don’t feel guilty about daydreaming knowing that often this is when the best ideas are born and when they realise these new ideas they put every ounce of energy into making them a sucess. They are optimistic, have boundless energy and, despite accomplishing a great deal, still have free time to enjoy their family and hobbies. Last, but not least. They enjoy life, their work and are never bored!

‘Jumble Fun’ aims at developing creative thinking by:

Asking open ended questions:

The stories and programmes from Jumble House use narrative which includes open ended questions which require more than a ‘yes’ or ‘no’ answer. “What do you think we should use to make …?” “what would happen if …?” “What could we change…..?” “What choices do you have….. ?” They encourage children to think for themselves. To see that often there are many possible answers not just one. To think 'out of the box'.

Making choices

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The programme encourages children to make their own choices. To make decisions and try them out. If their choices fail to achieve the desired result they are encouraged to try again. From this they learn to view making mistakes as a new beginning and not as a failure or the end of a project.

Story telling and dramatic play

There are opportunities for children to make their own ‘Jumbles’ and to weave stories around them. They are encouraged to daydream. To make up stories. To tell stories. To present their stories in many different ways , as story boards, picture stories, puppet shows or in video format. All the movies, pictures and stories featured on 'Jumble Fun' are produced using only an iPad and basic, usually free apps so children are able to obtain a similar product easily at home.

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Creating

The ‘Jumble’ characters enjoy inventing and making things from well, …… jumble! In other words, from ordinary, everyday household items and objects they can collect in their local environment. Using the characters as inspiration and role models, children will become collectors and inventors, viewing ordinary objects as blank canvasses on which to stamp their own individuality. Hopefully they will also become more conscious of the environment and conservation.

Challenges

The Sunday Challenges present children with a range of challenges. They may be art and craft challenges like 'what can you make from ….. ?' or creative thinking challenges, ' Why was the fridge empty?' or “How many uses can you think of for ……” or perhaps a word association game to play. Whatever the subject these activities encourage children to think creatively.

Fun !

Fun is important ! Learning should be fun.

The JUMBLES are fun and they encourage your child to have fun being creative and being active in mind and body. To be inquisitive. To ask questions. To be independent and resourceful. To enjoy learning.

 

 

Are you sitting comfortably … then I’ll begin

What are you doing today? Maybe you can write a little story like Maisie? You can use drawings to tell your story or ask a grown up to write it down for you.

Creative Learning for Young Children

Are you sitting comfortably?

Then Maisie Jumble will tell you the Jumble Story.

Children are encouraged to make up stories and record them just like Maisie has.

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Bubbles

Do you like bubbles?

Yes?

I thought so. Everyone likes bubbles!

Have you ever tried catching some?

Maisie Jumble likes bubbles and she wanted to catch some

too.

Would you like to hear her story?

Right.

Then listen carefully and I will begin.

One day Maise was looking out of the window when she saw ……..

Yes! Lots of bubbles! Blue bubbles, Red bubbles, Yellow bubbles, Green bubbles.

'Look at all those bubbles,' said Maisie

'I must go and catch some.'

So Maisie ran into the garden but, oh dear. The bubbles had disappeared.

'Where have the bubbles gone?' Said Maisie. 'I must go and catch some.'



Maisie went down the lane and found Harry Hand

'Have you seen some bubbles?' asked Maisie

'No,' said Harry, 'I haven't seen any bubbles'.



Maisie went down the lane and met Lilly Jumble

'Have you seen some bubbles?' asked Maisie.

'No,' said Lilly I haven't seen any bubbles.'

So Maisie walked further along the lane and

met Freddie Jumble.

'Have you seen some bubbles?' asked Maisie.




'No,' said Freddie, 'But I will help you to find some.'

Maisie sat down with Freddie.

'Let's think where we have seen bubbles,' said Freddie.

'That may help us to find them.'

Can you help Freddie and Maisie? Where do you think they may have seen

bubbles before ?

'I know,' said Maisie. 'We use bubbles to wash up the pots after dinner.'

'That is so,' said Freddie. 'Lets go and find someone washing up.'

Freddie and Maisie found Billie Brush and Gilly Glove washing up.

'But there are no bubbles,' said Freddie .

Then Gilly added some washing-up liquid.

What do you think happened?

Wow! What a lot of bubbles!!

What is Gilly Glove doing to

make more bubbles?

'The bubbles in the garden were red and green and blue and lots of colours,' said

Maisie.

'Why do you think these bubbles are white?'

'I don't know,' said Freddie. 'Do bubbles change colour ?'

How can we find out?

' We could take them into the garden,' said Gilly.

So that is what they did.


What do you think they found out?

Try blowing bubbles in different places?

Does it make a difference to the colour?


Why?