LittleBits. I believe the best thing about these incredibly simple circuit modules is making the engineering and science of electronic circuits accessible and easy to use for young children, girls and boys and their parents. Electronic circuit boards may have been something way beyond ‘play’ to most kids and parents- even scaring them off by the complexity and lack of knowledge. But LittleBits have simplified it so beautifully, it actually re-defines what a ‘toy’ can be.
littleBits are electronic modules that snap together with tiny magnets for prototyping and play. Crave creativity? Make something! Light it, push it, turn it, twist it, bend it, buzz it, blink it, shake it… No soldering, no wiring, no programming, just snap and play. Each bit has a simple, unique function (light, sound, sensors, buttons, thresholds, pulse, motors, etc), and modules snap to make larger circuits.
Makey Makey does this so well too. Letting us flip over to the other side by creating our own input device. What we once took for granted- what we know as the ‘keyboard’ is no longer just a keyboard. All you need to do is ‘alligator-clip’ stuff together, surf the web to find a cool application and your creating.
LittleBits and Makey Makey provide children with even more exciting opportunities to become creators rather than consumers.
Nurturing The Creative Mind Of Our Future Innovators.
There is a concept known as 'beginner’s mind' which is said to be an attitude of openness, eagerness and lack of preconceptions, very similar to that of a child.
This site explores the 'beginner's mind' creative abilities of children at play and the connection to design thinkers and innovators.
Children are open to exploration, discovery and experimentation. They learn about their world around them by pushing the limits, discovering what’s possible and what’s not.
Children are hard-wired to be creative, imaginative and innovative- abilities that often diminish along the way.
Maybe we can better understand these inherent creative skills during play and learning, to help us encourage and support a new breed of innovative thinkers more prepared to solve future challenges of our world.