How can technology inspire creativity at Christmas?
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Every Christmas I challenge myself to find new and exciting ways of using tech to inspire my child. In my lab, I mean office, I have been experimenting with a smartphone, bits of rubbish and a scanner and come up with a project that is educational and inspires creativity, confidence and independence. (It really does).
Grab your smartphone, hand it to your offspring and get out into the world. Have them take photographs of absolutely everything as often as they can in the lead up to Christmas. Print the photos out and cut them into Christmassy shapes.
Stick a piece of brightly coloured yarn onto the ends and turn the shapes into baubles. In your Christmas diary (we use an A4 notebook), have your children write down what each photo makes them feel and why they took it. After Christmas, you can stick the baubles in too.
As you beetle about doing your Christmas shopping, or fun holiday things, have your kids pick up things that catch their eye. We took a snow-designed serviette home from the restaurant, a piece of tinsel from Santa’s grotto, and a dead flower on a stick that caught her eye on a walk through the park.
Set your scanner to its highest possible resolution, clean it really well, put your junk, one item at a time, onto the scanner bed, and cover it with a dark box. Avoid using the lid as it squishes everything. Now scan and be amazed at how it captures a perfect, still image on a pitch black background.
We also outlined a tree on the wall in green yarn and used these photo baubles, bits of rubbish and scan photos to decorate our, ahem, funky Christmas diary tree. Each day it gains more items and by the end of Christmas it will be a record of our festivities for the year.
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I'd suggest all the fantastic ways to connect creativity, computers and physical objects:
- makey makey
- rapsberry pi
- Lego WeDo
- (for the slightly older ones) Lego Mindstorms
- the activities in this awesome book: http://www.inventtolearn.com/about-the-book/
- another awesome book: http://www.amazon.com/Enterprising-Child-developing-entrepreneurial-potential/dp/1781330093
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Ever heard of Pinterest? HAHA...seriously, sites like that can inspire all sorts of ideas for creative gifts, crafts, etc. I Highly recommend it for brainstorming and finding great ideas.
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We've developed a way for kid's and family to communicate in a safe and creative way: www.maily.com.
Our users have been extremely happy to use Maily as a solution to exchange christmas wishes.
Please let me know if you would like to have any other info.