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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Imagination = Creativity

At the Institute of Imagination (iOi), we are often asked what the difference is between imagination and creativity. We answer by referencing our Institute of Imagination champion Sir Ken Robinson’s definition: creativity is the application of imagination. Is There A Difference Between Imagination And Creativity? Through imagination we can step outside of our current context, revisit…

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Weeding, Writing And Arithmetic… Why Gardening Is Good For Our Children

What’s really interesting about this piece are the links to not only formal learning but social and personal education too. More time outside and thinking about the environment are worthy enough on their own, but gardening also provides crucial developmental insights such as understanding processes, unpredictability and teamwork. From the water vole to the Scottish…

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