Did you know that creative thinking and problem solving are in the top 3 for what will be the most in demand job skills by 2020? Getting kids engaged in creative problem solving scenarios is an important, not to mention awesome, pastime. The easiest way to do this?
Want to keep kids off screens and get them exercising their creative muscles these holidays? Here’s a bunch of fun storytelling ideas to keep them out of your hair and into their imaginations!
Controller. By Alix Cane. 16 year old Maia Spuritin lives with her mother in the desperate and dilapidated seaside town of Traxton. When her mother succumbs to a mysterious illness, Maia is exposed to the dark truth of who she really is. Will she embrace it to avoid suffering her mother’s fate?
I can’t quite remember exactly when I came across it. It may have been whilst ambling through Chelsea Market on a recent trip to New York. What I do remember is that I was captivated the moment it caught my eye.
Yes I am a lover of books. It’s not hard to get me to pick one up and devour its front and back covers, and maybe even a few internal pages. But this one was different. Before I’d even touched it I knew I had to have it in my life, in my daughter’s life.
When I hear that empathy as a trait is in decline largely due to social media, I feel despair. And a little panic. Not only because the idea of my kids (now 2 and 5) being on social media freaks the absolute living daylights out of me, but because now, more than ever empathy is emerging as a key skill required for success in the workforce of the future.
Thank goodness there is a solution. And that solution is teaching our kids the timeless art of storytelling. It may sound outlandish, but hear me out.
What an honour it was to help the wonderful Emma Mactaggart of Child Writes launch her beautiful new book ‘Lily Fabourama Glamourama’ over the long weekend.
Endorsed by NAPCAN (National Association for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect) for its positive parenting message, this gorgeous story transports you to the innocence of the 50’s and 60’s in pre-digital Australia.
I don't know if it's just me but all of a sudden I see the word 'storytelling' EVERYWHERE. It could be a classic case of car 'snap', you know, you never see any red Minis on the road - you buy a red Mini - all of a sudden they're everywhere. Or it could be that this age old art form is genuinely experiencing a significant renaissance.