It’s all child’s play
Try thinking like a child and be open to possibilities when you create. Ask yourself, what is it? What can I do with it? What can it become? This openness is the beginning of exploratory play.
“Why, sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast” – Lewis Carroll
SHARING IS CARING
You know that wild idea you’ve come up with? Does the thought of sharing it with anyone else make your palms sweat? If you’re an adult, that comes as no surprise. Kids, on the other hand, often have no qualms about sharing their masterpieces with others; they take pride in their creations. As we grow up we become more sensitive to the opinions of others and fear of judgment can cloud our vision. To overcome this, share your idea with a friend you trust. According to Tim Brown, CEO of design firm IDEO, friendship is a shortcut to play, giving us a sense of trust that allows us to take creative risks.
Watch Tim Brown’s TED talk: Tales of Creativity and Play at ted.com/talks/tim_brown_on_creativity_and_play
Think with your hands and create a real product rather than explaining your idea with words. Consider the tools you used for constructive play at school – play dough, glue sticks, pipe cleaners, old newspapers, chalk, felt-tip pens, stickers, building blocks, ice-block sticks… the list goes on. Use these things to construct a prototype and get your idea off the page and into the real world – even if it is just a mock-up.