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Children’s Imagination

Children’s Imagination

Children’s Imagination

Creativity Under Our Noses

Author(s): Ursula Kolbe (click on the author's name for more titles)

ISBN: 9780975772232

Binding: Paperback

Published by: Peppinot Press [Australia]

RRP $29.95


Is today’s pressure on parents and teachers sidelining children’s play?
Artist and educator Ursula Kolbe opens our eyes and ears to what’s happening ‘under our noses’ when children play—with anything from seedpods to felt-tip pens or even an iPad. Kolbe’s stories reveal that unstructured and unhurried play—as neuroscientists, psychologists and educators have long said—encourages children to become imaginative and inventive thinkers.

By looking at children’s responses to the unexpected in play, Children’s Imagination: Creativity Under Our Noses uncovers valuable clues to what sparks creativity in us all.

For all who live and work with children 1.5–10 years.

‘A lovely, lovely book—well and truly loveable! A cracker.’
Janet Robertson, educational consultant and teacher, Mia-Mia Child and Family Study Centre, Macquarie University, Sydney

‘A delightful and inspiring paean to the magic that happens when we allow children to play the way children are supposed to play: freely, spontaneously, joyfully, unencumbered by targets, timetables and adult agendas. Children’s Imagination is also a practical guide for making rich, imaginative play a part of daily life.’
Carl Honore, author of Under Pressure: How the Epidemic of Hyper-Parenting is Endangering Childhood; also In Praise of Slow and The Slow Fix 

‘This little book is a collection of very big ideas that can change life with our children. Through real stories it opens the door again to what we know but seem to have forgotten in this age of standardization—that creativity is at the heart of lasting and meaningful learning.’
Pauline Baker, artist, educational consultant, studio teacher, Tucson Arizona

‘Inspiring and a joy to read. Ursula Kolbe reveals the importance of paying attention to the myriad possibilities that children find in everyday materials and provides insights into their thinking. She encourages the adult to be present—not in control or with outcomes in mind—but rather to participate as needed and to appreciate the wonder that children find in their play.’
Wendy Shepherd, Director, Mia-Mia Child and Family Study Centre, Macquarie University, Sydney