“Legos are one of the most popular toys of all time… there are more than 400 billion of the little blocks in the world, or 75 for every person on earth. The brilliance of Legos is that they are not a single toy, but a platform for creation with nearly endless possibilities, making them one of the best teaching tools ever.

LittleBits…manufacture a type of next-generation Lego that integrates electric circuits to give children the ability to incorporate light and sound into their creations.

Like Legos, littleBits…replicators can be educational, but they’re fundamentally about playing. Play is about active engagement and experimentation with the world in a situation in which there is no clear “right” or “wrong,” but a set of possibilities. It’s a process of learning-by-doing driven not by an externally defined outcome, but about personal instinct, passion, and goal-setting.

It is not just children that need this type of play—they tend to do it without being told. Adults, on the other hand, inhabit a world in which “success” tends to have little to do with creative experimentation.

This new infrastructure of play is….a broad entrepreneurial movement with the potential to restore the creativity that’s been lost in too many schools.”

If Schools Kill Creativity, Can Toys Bring It Back to Life?, via GOOD Education…

 

Lincoln Logs, Tinker Toys, Revell models (paint not included), and the heavyweight of all, Erector Sets, were all part of my building toys when I was growing up in the 50’s. No one ever had all of them so we roamed from apartment to apartment in little focus groups snacking and building.

Of course we played with those when we weren’t outside challenging friends to cracktop or multiple sidewalk games with spaldeens or bottle caps and chalk.

Do you remember how to play?

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