My daughters and many other children are addicted to Minecraft. They play it every chance they get. When their time on electronics is over, they are still focused on Minecraft. They draw pictures, write stories, and plan what they are going to do the next time they log on.
Without Minecraft they are bored. I have read an article called Disruptions: Minecraft, an Obsession and an Educational Tool that discusses some of the good things about Minecraft. It is a great article but I still think there is more out there for my children to explore and learn. How do I help get them interested in other things? How do I foster their creativity? These are questions that I struggle with as a parent. I want my kids to wonder and ask questions about the world. I want them to explore their passions. Is this happening when they are on electronics? Perhaps, but I am still not convinced that letting my kids play Minecraft is the answer to developing creativity and discovering passions. With that being said, I was pleasantly surprised to discover the DIY.org website. A website for kids to explore passions and develop skills while completing challenges. Every child has their own portfolio and they can earn badges based on they challenges they complete. There is everything from Lego Master, Bee Keeper, Astronomer, Chef and even Minecrafter.
Once kids have completed a challenge, they can share it on the website for others to see.
Sir Ken Robinson writes on his blog that “Individual creativity is almost always affected by the work of other people. In this sense, our own creative work is part of a much larger cultural conversation.” By observing what others are creating and doing could foster my daughters creativity. It could motivate them to explore other areas and learn new things. I am excited to see which areas they choose and how this all works out. I also think that this website could help me in my classroom when I am doing genius hour which I previously blogged about.
Another website that came to my attention is called curiositymachine.org. I like the idea of having mentors in the field. I am still exploring this website and am trying figuring out where to submit the projects and how it all works.
Have you used either of these websites? Do you have any other websites to suggest?
How do you help foster creativity in your child?