For those of you who regularly visit ThingsThatWeDo.com, you know I’m big on creativity. The world is changing too fast and the only way we’ll better equip our children is to encourage them to think with both their left and right brains. After all, 2 + 2 isn’t worth much if you don’t know when you might need to use it.
That’s why you need to know about the Young Games Inventor of the Year competition that was recently launched in the UK. The competition is open to UK residents that are under 16 years of age with permission from their parents/guardians (of course!).
Now, you may be thinking to yourself, “But, I don’t even LIVE in the UK” which is just fine but you should still know about this competition.
My answer: because it’s a celebration of creativity. Be inspired by this Young Games Inventor of the Year competition and then consider all the skills your children would learn if they decided to make a board game. They’d have to brainstorm and come up with a premise for the game, the objectives, and the rules. They’d have to decide how the game would be played. What about game pieces? What about design? What about packaging?
Perfect case in point: my big kid has saved a pizza box lid for the longest time. The box lid has all these designs which inspired her to come up with a board game idea. Now, imagine the brain power we’d be channeling if more children were inspired to create and design. Designing a board game or anything for that matter, requires a child to use their working memory as they juggle different ideas and concepts while trudging along with their ‘plan’. Imagination is so much more than just one random thought. It’s a spark that can lead to wondrous creations if only we adults provide a nourishing and supportive environment.
So, here’s the long and short of it. If you live in the UK, you should definitely consider the Young Games Inventor of the Year competition. Be sure to click on the link below to learn more details but you’ll have to hurry because the competition ends September 21. If you don’t live in the UK, you should still click on to learn more about the competition. Who knows, maybe you’ll be inspired to do something in your community.
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