Learning and Play

What springs to your mind when you think of the word ‘play’? A quick online search for the word produces the definition that it is ‘an activity for enjoyment and recreation rather than a serious or practical purpose’, which is perhaps the most common understanding. Yet this definition wildly underestimates the impact that play has for…

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An Exclusive Look At Neil Gaiman and Chris Riddell’s New Book, Art Matters

Imagination Matters is proud to announce that we’ve teamed up with award-winning author Neil Gaiman, and Waterstones Children’s Laureate for 2015-2017 Chris Riddell, to celebrate their new work, Art Matters. Read on for an exclusive preview and your chance to win a copy of the book. “We have an obligation to imagine” Art Matters by Neil Gaiman Art Matters…

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Seeing The Unseen: The Exhibition Opening Up The Universe To Teenagers

Interactivity has long been associated with engaging young people in learning, but this exciting new project goes one further and actually involves teenagers in the design. In this article from The Guardian, read about Melbourne’s famous Scienceworks museum and how their new exhibition is doing more to promote STEM subjects to young adults. The principle “science…

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Best Teacher In The World Andria Zafirakou: ‘Build Trust With Your Kids – Then Everything Else Can Happen’

We love talking about those inspiring learning in young people, so we were particularly excited to read this article about the London teacher named best in the world earlier this year. Andria Zafirakou is an art teacher with an unconventional approach; a departure from the more common strategy of teaching core subjects with rigorous structure…

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Partnering For Play: What Lies Behind Successful Play Partnerships?

At the Institute of Imagination we’re so proud of our collaborations, they are an integral part of what we do. LEGO®, who we’re working with on RE:CODE London, is constantly building its community engagement initiatives. Let’s learn why they’re so vital with David Pallash, Senior Manager, Social Responsibility and Child Engagement at LEGO Group. We’re also…

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Manish Jain: “Our Work Is To Recover Wisdom And Imagination”

In our quest for inspiring innovation, creativity and solutions through imagination, what if one of our vital tools is broken? Speaker, author and activist, Manish Jain, believes our education system is producing a society which actually creates issues such as poverty and global warming. His solution for this is a radical theory called ‘unlearning’. This…

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