Creative Thinking Six -Year Old Style

 Creative thinking may mean simply the realization that there’s no particular virtue in doing things the way they always have been done  Rudolf Flesch  Creative-thinking-may

 Don’t think. Thinking is the enemy of creativity. It’s self-conscious, and anything self-conscious is lousy. You can’t try to do things. You simply must do things.  Ray Bradbury


Ray Bradbury sums up how my kids often solved their own problems. As part of a busy household, they often came up with their own solutions to problems before I could help them. week 10 term3 253

This is best illustrated by one of my son’s when he was six years old. His grade one teacher recounted this story to me. It seems that she asked her class this question,

“How would you open the garage door if there were no grown-ups around?”

 All the kids in her grade one class just sat and stared blankly at her, except my son Joseph. He was frantically waving his hand in the air and then excitedly blurted out,

“You just stand on a milk crate, push on the upper left-hand corner of the garage door with a hockey stick and push hard. The door comes up a bit, you jump off the crate and crawl in!!”

Then Joseph grinned, throughly pleased with himself.

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18 thoughts on “Creative Thinking Six -Year Old Style

  1. I hope he goes through his whole life with the same amount of ingenuity and enthusiasm! Always best to think outside the box, and if need be, stand on one.


  2. Ohhhh I love the milk crate story! It reminds me of a story my beau’s parents love to tell from when he was about the same age or younger. He was helping his dad put up a bird house. His dad wondered out loud how they were going to keep squirrels out of the house. My beau very seriously blurted. “That’s easy. We’ll just hang a sign that says ‘No squirrels allowed!'”. 🙂 They have a priceless picture from that day.


  3. I’m so happy I found your blog – how lovely! I’d love to learn to stand on a horse – I’m too scared to even sit on one. Keep up the good work and good luck with NaBloPoMo! I’m doing it too 😉


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