how do you create scaffolds that allow kids' imaginations to soar?
Our first year as an Imagination Chapter has been all sorts of fun, for the kids and for us chapter leaders alike. As leaders, we hoped to plant seeds of curiosity by asking what if and bringing elements of fantasy into our weekly sessions. Optimal growing conditions for imagination! And with time and lots of nurturing…those seeds blossomed into future pictures and realized ideas. We encouraged the kids to nourish those what-ifs by tapping into their prior knowledge and approaching obstacles creatively… taking the time at the end of each session to shed light on all that hadn’t gone as planned, and all that they had learned. They soon began to view mistakes as opportunities to grow. This wasn’t always easy, and sometimes the challenge overwhelmed the fun.. But this too was part of the process - specifically the iterative process through which our resilience was both tested and fortified from all the elements! As a result, we turned cardboard into cities for robots, plastic bottles into vacuum parts, and bananas into real working piano keys! We learned to think outside the box, to challenge the obvious, and to transform the boring into WOW! We’re so proud of all of our thinkers, makers, builders, designers, and problem solvers and all that has been accomplished since our launch in September. For our last session before the summer break, we celebrated all of our hard work with “Creative Thinker” awards and packs of imagination seeds for all. Here’s to a summer filled with imagining and spreading seeds of curiosity wherever we go….see you in the fall!
Nancy Tarshis MA, MS, CCC-SLP, Allie Brudner MS, CCC-SLP, Noor Al Radi MS CCC-SLP Being grown-up kids, play continues to be a relished home for flights of ideas. As speech language pathologists at the Rose F. Kennedy Center, Children’s Evaluation and Rehabilitation Center (CERC) in the Bronx we try to infuse all therapy with opportunities for that sense of wonder when tinkering, problem-solving and all other -ings.