Kids Think Outside of the Box

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

 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

One of my sons was a born creative thinker.

When he was six years old, his grade one teacher could hardly wait to tell me this story. 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, thoroughly pleased with himself.

5 thoughts on “Kids Think Outside of the Box

  1. And they learn to be confident if allowed to make choices, fail, and try again… My mother was hands off- making us figure things out, even when we asked for help. It made us very independent and confident in our choices. Great writing advice up there too, in your quotes… I love your quote “realization that there’s no particular virtue in doing things the way they always have been done -Rudolf Flesch”

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